Sunday, May 14, 2006


A cavagna is a container that was used, in the past, for ricotta cheese, so that the mice couldn't get at it, I was once told. It is also the name of the agriturismo restaurant in Ragusa where I was invited last night:

The party was given by Roberto and Roberta, friends of Linda's, and was for Roberta's English aunt and cousin who are visiting. We had:

antipasti of bruschette, grilled aubergines and courgettes plus olives
focacce with three different fillings
three types of pasta
bowls of ceci [chickpeas] cooked in broth
cotolette of pork [these are thin - what we would call escalopes]
green salad
cannoli and other pastries

- and a bottle of Mandarinetto liqueur was passed around at the end.

This is a typical set menu for an establishment such as this and it was all beautifully prepared and presented. We were a jolly crowd, too, and I sure had a good night's sleep after all that!

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