On our recent trip to Rome, Michele and I were fortunate to be invited to the home of Josephine Wennerholm, a food blogger and cooking teacher in Frascati. We follow her blog Frascati Cooking That’s Amore and have always found it full of good information, not just on Frascati, but on Rome and the surrounding area.
Josephine’s husband Pino picked us up in Rome and drove us to Frascati, which is about 30 minutes from Rome, unless there is traffic. There we met a group of their friends, great food and wine lovers all. Josephine had prepared a real feast, and several of her guests contributed their specialties.
Alessandro Ferracci, a chef and the son of Anna Dente, who owns a famous restaurant in the area, prepared several dishes. This was a salad of boiled tongue, only the back part, which the chef said is the most tender.
He tossed the chunks of meat with a classic green sauce, made with parsley, garlic, and olive oil, and served it in more of those pizzette.
We had two pastas. The first was a specialty of Chef Alessandro, and a Roman classic, Rigatoni with Pajata. Pajata is the intestine of suckling lamb, which contains a delicate cheese since the lambs eat only milk.
It is a great delicacy in Rome and was actually illegal until 2011. It takes an expert to prepare it properly and Chef Ferracci’s version was excellent.
Michelle Smith prepared the Roman style artichokes, which were simmered until meltingly tender with garlic, herbs and olive oil. Michelle is a sommelier and blogger at Easyfrascati.com
I had a long conversation with her about wine.
Next there was sliced tongue, served with mostarda
Josephine also prepared another of my favorites, borlotti beans with tomato sauce and cotiche, pork skin.
Dessert included a salame del Papa, chocolate, nuts and crushed cookies formed into a log.
Josephine also prepared a Cassola, a ricotta cheesecake with raisins.
One of the guests also brought an assortment of tempting pastries.
It was a great feast and one of the best parts was meeting so many people interested in food and wine and enjoying Josephine and Pino’s warmth and hospitality.