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Milan, day 1

May 14, 2010

We touched down in Milan this morning at about 10. A dark wooly blanket of clouds hung over the city as we bumbled in a bus through a storm to our hotel, about a 15 minute amble from the Duomo.

Despite 12 hours of travel and the city’s soggy embrace, our stomachs growled and lunch beckoned. We were not to be deterred. On went the rubber shoes and out we marched, heads held high and umbrellas brandished.

A 2.5 mile walk past a medieval castle and through various and sundry scraggly neighborhoods later, we arrived at our first feast on Italian soil, at a tucked away place called Pupurry. My, how well we ate.

To start, the antipasto plate. Craggy rounds of fresh mozzarella. Olive oil. The water balloon of the dairy world: burrata; a sheer skin of cheese swaddling a swollen cream center that burst when prodded. Fried squash blossoms, so light and bright and vegetal. Salami spotted with fat and tinged with anise. (yes, I had a slice. so sue me).

Honestly, this was enough food. But we didn’t know that when we placed our orders, so out came the main dishes. Mine: red wine risotto. Smoky, lush, pungent, powerful. In fact, one of my dining companions decreed it “manly”. If Sean Connery was someday reincarnated as a dish, well, I’ve found his calling.

We pleaded full bellies but somehow still found ourselves staring down a petite plate of cookies. Our waiter returned, a sneaky glint in his eyes. “Do you trust me?” he asked, and without waiting for an answer plunked down three icy shot glasses and an unlabeled, obviously homemade bottle of liqeuer.

Limoncello, from his home town. Sweet bracing puckery perfection.

Italy, I love you already.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Chrisbo permalink
    May 16, 2010 1:00 pm

    I love that you bumble through everything! Sounds amazing and I can’t wait to see you there!!!

  2. Daphne permalink
    May 17, 2010 9:35 am

    Oh WOW! I’m sooooo glad you found that app! I never expected postings from you while you’re away and only just checked b&b to see if perhaps you’d left a bye-bye before heading off – you said you weren’t bringing your laptop so I never expected a travelogue. So imagine my surprise!!! This will be wonderful!!! I love foodie road trips! I love that I can follow you around Italy…almost like I’m there too!! What a blessing! Eat well! But as the wise man said “eat food, mostly vegetables, not too much”. Enjoy and keep us all there with you!!!! Ain’t technology grand!!

  3. May 24, 2010 2:12 pm

    Awesome account, Sarah! I’ve never been to Milan — only Rome. Let me know if you’ll head south, and I’d be happy to make recommendations.

  4. June 2, 2010 12:29 pm

    isn’t the food in italy to die for? yum

  5. July 17, 2010 5:35 pm

    that first photo, yum!

    • July 17, 2010 5:44 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Nikole. I am HORRIBLY delinquent on the blog….been too busy trying to find employment, etc, but I should be back to it soon enough :)

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