A Well-Laid Table
"What is the purpose of food?"
"To delight the palate and cheer the spirit"
. . . from Italian Made
After eating in Italy with our Italian family and friends we've come to realize the pivotal place that food has in the Italian culture and it begins with the table. Italians take time and effort to prepare a well-laid table where there is beauty and grace in the smallest detail. Meals are an essential part of Italian life. Not that they obsess about food or over indulge. Italians truly value food and its preparation. It beings with the growing of the food, the selling of the food at their markets and extends to the careful and considerate preparation of the food. They value the traditions and regional diversity of Italian cooking based on the geography of the land and the cultural traditions of the region. We think that all this combined with the warm and generous hospitality of the Italian people, the freshest of ingredients and some of the finest wine in the world is what defines the meaning of a "well laid" table.
Some people think that recipes have to be complicated to be good. Italians typically focus on the quality of the ingredients rather than the number of ingredients. Italian cooking is founded on generational recipes that are handed down through the oral traditions of the great kitchens of Italy and impeccably crafted as a well designed Brioni suit.
Many of the food traditions and recipes we share have been passed down by our Lombardian relatives in the oral tradition of the great kitchens of Italy and are written in the narrative style so that we might include our experiences eating and traveling in Northern Italy, Tuscany and Umbria with our IItalian family and friends. Recommnded ingredients mentioned.