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Inspired by an amazing dinner at Locanda, recipes from Mario Batali’s cookbooks, and a conversation with our friend Taylor Black, we decided to go on with an Italian menu.

I saw a reference to the Ikea Tekla Dish Cloth on a design blog and these classic red striped dish towels felt Italian became our napkins.  The red stripe was repeated on the menu and seating cards.

Yes, seating cards.  With 27 people seated for dinner in three separate rooms, we wanted everyone to have a chance to mingle.  After each course we changed seats.  Robin and Erin puzzled over the seating and Joe chimed in best he could.

Solstizio d’Inverno 2011

Antipasti
Insalata Caprese Invernale (Winter Caprese Salad)
Olive con Pomodoro (Warmed Olives in Tomato Sauce)
Pizza Bianca con Cavolfiore (Pizza Bianca with Cauliflower)

Insalata

Aden/Meredith
Rucola, Mirtillo Rosso, e Pecorino (Arugula, Cranberries and Pecorino)

Main
Tre Polpette sulla Pasta al Forno (Three Meatballs and Baked Pasta)
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Melanzane della Nonna (Grandmother’s Eggplant)

Dolce
Crostata di Mele (Apple Pie)
o
Rustica Torta di Pere (Rustic Pear Torte)
o
Amaretto e Cioccolato (Chocalate Mouse)