Primavera in Italy calls for celebrations of the beautiful Spring-Time sunshine and cool breezes. What better way to do that than with a 3-hour long lunch with friends and family out in the grounds! One of my favorite pastimes in Italy is eating & Italians sure know how to throw a lunch party! Viene a pranzo da me!
Recently I attended a celebratory lunch that was catered and served poolside in a luxurious Tuscan Villa in the country-side. Take these notes on how to accomplish a Tuscan Themed Lunch with friends and family:
While waiting for all of your guests to arrive, set up a seating place away from the dining table that is comfortable and fashionable. Hire a server to greet each guest with a glass of champagne or wine or other beverage. See in the images the beautiful presentation of the wines and light hors D’oeuvres set up on the welcome table.
After all of your guests have arrived, then everyone sits at the table. The table has to be long and unified enough for everyone to sit and talk to each other. Most importantly there must be pane for all, bread for every guest. Its not a meal in Italy without Bread!
The first dishes served will be another appetizer, try serving a light salad followed by crostini.
Usually there is at least 20 minutes of waiting time between each course as time to chiacchierare, to have conversations.
Next arrives Italy’s favorite, la pasta! Try serving a pasta or a rice dish with a fresh vegetable that is only available in spring time, like artichokes or green lava beans.
The Secondo, or main dish is any kind of meat or fish served with side dishes, contorni.
Give your guests some time to digest but no one is allowed to leave from the table until the dessert is served. My favorite Italian dessert is millefoglie alla crema, very thin layers of puff pastry and cream, its delicious!
Now bring out the coffee and the digestives!
For more advice read Top ten tips on how to Dine in Italy Like a True Italian