Although one doesn’t normally make a big deal out of 191st birthday, it was Giuseppe Verdi, so why not? We even accompanied the dinner with his music. He was something of a gourmand, and a trio of his favorite recipes turned out to be easy to find.
Sunday, 10 October 2004
The Second Sunday Supper Circle presents:
A Celebration of Giuseppe Verdi’s Birthday
With a selection of his own music from Rigoletto, Otello, I Vespri Siciliani & La Traviata
La Squisita Minestra di Giuseppi Verdi
(Vegetable and pasta soup)
1982 Pol Roger Brut Chardonnay
Risotto alla Salernitana
(One of my favorite risottos, finished with prosciutto di parma, parmigiano and mozzarella)
1995 Leone Conti Contiriserva
Supremes de Volailles Verdi & Fagiolini Verdi alla Pesto Balsamico
(Chicken breasts with a fresh cheese, walnut, and bell pepper cream sauce; green beans with a balsamic pesto)
1978 Pio Cesare Barolo Riserva
I can’t imagine that we had a dinner without either a cheese course and/or a dessert, but I suppose it’s possible….