I got a chance at a couple days off, allowing me to use up all my vacation days for 2012 (not as easy it sounds!), so we jumped on it, intending to import our favorite groceries:
- olive oil
- tipo 00 flour (for making pasta)
- arborio and/or carnaroli rise for risotto
- great big hunks of hard cheeses
- wine from Castello di Roncade, which we discovered last year
Several navigation devices at our disposal warned of serious traffic problems on the way down, so we opted for the scenic route out of Germany and in Austria. This made the trip quite a bit longer than originally predicted, but much prettier. The Tegernsee and Achensee regions might become springtime destinations for us as a result of this detour.
The detour cost us a lunch break, however, and when we finally arrived in Piombino Dese, we were famished. Ca’ de Memi is available for lunches and dinners if you reserve in advanced. That night, however, no dice — they were fully ausgebucht with a large holiday party. But our gracious hostess Giulia recommended a convenient pizzeria nearby called Lo Stallo. It was completely empty when we arrived. The service was fast and friendly and the pizzas were excellent: a classic caprese for Sarah and a bresaola di cavallo for me. Seemed only right in a horse-themed restaurant.