Monday, July 20, 2015


Most Modicans have a house in the countryside or at the beach, to which they repair in hot weather, and my neighbour upstairs is no exception.  On the way up in the lift tonight, she insisted I go and get a bowl when we got to my floor, and proceeded to empty into it a great many of her pomodori di campagna [home-grown tomatoes]. 

"You'll see", she said.  "They'll taste better than any you've ever bought!" I'm sure they will and it was very kind of her.

"Ti amo, ti adoro
come la salsa di pomodoro."

"I love you and adore you
like I love tomato sauce."

Around here that Italian saying is regarded as one of the best compliments anyone could receive!

"Un piatto di pasta senza pomodori
è come un giardino senza fiori."

"A plate of pasta without tomatoes
is like a garden without flowers",

sings Gino Paoli in this song:

And finally, who could forget this?


Lee said...

There's nothing quite as tasty as home-grown tomatoes...they have a special flavour of their sweet it is. Actually, home-grown anything is so much tastier. Enjoy your tomatoes, Pat.

I love Denver...I saw him live in concert back in 1994, and he was just wonderful. And what made it even better, if that was possible, I got to meet and chat with him. A memory I'll always cherish. My late brother was with me that night, too...Denver was his favourite...and we had a great night together that night.

James Higham said...

Culinary bliss for days on the way.

Jenny Woolf said...

There is no beating the taste of Italian tomatoes. It's not just home grown, it is the variety grown, too, I always think.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I agree, Lee and how wonderful to have met John Denver! Indeed, James. Yes, I agree, Jenny.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Absolutely agree .Nothing better tasting than home grown tomatoes ..oh yes there is ..Italian home grown tomatoes. ..I remember the taste just like yesterday.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Anne. Couldn't agree more! x


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