Milanese Home Dinner
Dinner with Francesca was the highlight of our our trip to Milan, and the perfect ending to our 2 week adventure in Italy. My husband and I were celebrating our 40th anniversary by taking our first trip to Italy with friends. As none of us had ever been there before, it was quite the adventure finding our way through Tuscany, Liguria, and Lombardy by car and train so that we were pretty tired by the time we reached Milan. With just one evening to spend in the city before flying back to the US we might have missed this in favor of getting to Malpensa early, but we are all very glad that we made the choice we did. Francesca's promise to make the evening a memorable anniversary celebration was more than fulfilled.
Great food and wine, great hospitality and conversation in a lovely apartment with views of the duomo (and an elevator) were the perfect ending to our Italian adventure, and we all hope for another chance to dine with Francesca, perhaps stateside.
The food and wine were skillfully selected in accordance to our discussed preferences, and the market availiability. Each course was presented with an explanation of the choice and the dish. I even learned how to make my pasta absorb the flavor of the seafood! The preparation was wonderful and the meal was served in a leisurely pace, allowing for plenty of engaging conversation throughout the evening. Francesca herself is an amazing, competent woman who runs a business, hosts travelers, and cooks like a chef. Her own world travels and broad perspective seemed to make for endless conversation topics to explore.
After dinner, Francesca eased our trip to the airport hotel by calling the cab and speaking with the driver to help us understand the rate. We cannot over-emphasize how accommodating she was, even letting us stash our luggage in her back room for the evening.
This is definitely an opportunity not to be missed for anyone who appreciates food, wine, convivial company.