One of the best things about living in Italy was going to the store and picking up fresh produce to eat at home.
They were the simplest ingredients, just a few things, but somehow tastes incredibly delicious.
These pictures are from my “first haul” when I first arrived. Above is my favorite spicy (piccante!) sausage.
And I really miss this big ball of mozzarella. So sweet, with a soft center…
Going to the bakery took a lot of cramming of Italian vocabulary! Questo, quello… fresh bread is always good.
Lunch! Requires no cooking.
Some cookies from a neighborhood bakery:
The berry cookie bar was my absolute favorite. Un l’etto per favore! There’s also an onion tarte, a pesto roll, and ciabatta!
Can you imagine having these kinds of foods for lunch on a daily basis… for super cheap too?!
Onion tarte on foccacia, with pesto, slices of fresh mozzarella, e balsalmic vinegar.
Or… breakfast? (note the Baci!!)
Then one day, we got a bialetti espresso maker, and one of my favorite things to do was add a scoop of vanilla gelato for a morning affogato (which means “drowned” …not a bad fate for gelato, being in espresso, si?)!
And then there was pannetone. I grew up eating pannetone with my grandparents on Christmas Day. It’s like a sweet brioche filled with candied orange peel, raisins, other fruits like apricot, and sometimes nuts.
So this isn’t produce, but they stopped selling Vienetta in the U.S. a few years ago. Here, they have so many kinds of Vienetta!! My sister also loves it so I got one and ate it for her ;)
e my basil plant <3