Keeping busy!

After Rachel and Alex left we managed to squeeze in a lunch with friends. Our weather is still amazing so we MUST take advantage of it since winter is not far away. The “gang of five” met up at Lago Trasimeno in a restaurant called L’Opera. Our “gang” are Doug, our friend who has been keeping busy renovating his home here and now is studying for his Italian drivers license, and Roselyne and Steve. They live in Spello and came here from Miami. Roselyne is French with an EU passport making their move here easier than it is for most of us. We meet up as often as our schedules allow and always enjoy each others company.

The view from the restaurant patio. Photo by Roselyne.
The gang, minus Steve and adding, Georgia Doug’s sidekick. Photo by Steve.

The restaurant is all seafood and the owners are Sicilian. Consequently, there are a number of Sicilian dishes which I love!

Raw seafood starter
Pasta with gamberetti (small shrimp) in a pistachio cream sauce. Delicious!
Couscous with mixed seafood.

They grow a lot if pistachios in Sicily so they use them in a lot of ways. Palermo was conquered by Arabs who brought along couscous which you’ll still see on the west side of Sicily.
We had a nice lunch at Calagrana Sunday with the purchasers of our former apartment, Christie and Jane. They are always fun and the food is always delicious and as I can’t help saying – again! the weather was amazing. I took a photo of this Range Rover convertible (I had no idea they made a convertible) sitting next to a vintage yellow Cinquecento.

I had two of the best things I’ve ever had there. An asparagus appetizer with a fried egg and black truffles. It was perfect. My second course was a ravioli whose filling was ricotta, sultanas, pear, pumpkin. It was served in a butter sage sauce. Delicious. Pictured below. And the next picture is Luther’s veal chop with arugula and tomatoes.

On Tuesday our friends from Florida who have a house in Pisticci in Basilicata down south drove up to visit a couple days. We had Christie and Jane over for aperitivo and we all had fun. I didn’t take a picture!

Meanwhile we had been dealing with getting blood work done for the Great White Cat, Rocky. Both of our cats are 14 now and we wanted to check Rocky. The first test came back that he is hypoglycemic which gave us a scare. They retested after we made him fast overnight and happily, he is fine. Whew.

Sadly, the weather will be changing for the worse next week. Rain and much colder. And we have not gotten our stufa cleaned or pellets and wood ordered. I guess we better get crackin’!

5 thoughts on “Keeping busy!

  1. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hi Maggie, I am told mosquitos are a more of a problem on the Lake. I like the town. Convenient train station. It is really hopping in summer. Completely dead now though. But the restaurants are still open.

  2. Maggie Devlin

    I love all your posts. Thank you for all your hard work.

    We have been looking at a place on Lake Trasimeno. Did you have a problem with mosquitos? Also, if you ever get to Calabria…. Tropea…. I recommend a restaurant call Minimi . I really think you would love it. We got the “menu” with wine pairing for each course. It was incredible. ~Maggie

  3. camella5

    Hi Nancy,

    We just had our farewell dinner at Calagrana on Wednesday–and I had the same ravioli and pork chop. Delicious. Our favorite place to eat. We’re back in Chicago and were greeted with cold and rain. We did have a beautiful October in Umbria and left just before the weather changes. See you in the spring.

  4. Bill

    Good friends and good eating!
    You Enjoy life.
    We are here for three months and will be sad to go back to the US.

    Bill & Patty

  5. Matthew Daub

    Hi Nancy! Thanks for the post. Food looks fabulous and Rocky sure is cute! So glad to hear he’s OK. We’re down to our last two kitties and I’m in serious kittie withdrawal!!

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