We were invited to dinner with the owners of the apartment we are staying with in Fano, Gabriela and Marcello.
What a great pleasure it was to spend time in a home with a family for dinner! We we able to spend a whole evening not speaking Italian (or speaking very bad Italian) and helping practice English with our hosts and their family and friends. This was my favorite dinner ever in Italy. We have had some superb meals, but nothing so special as dining with new friends in their home. We started with a whole pecorino cheese. It comes shrink wrapped in hay, and it was served on a large cutting board on top of the hay. Then we had perfect pasta (gluten free for me!) with vegetables, followed by bufala mozzarella so fresh it made water buffalo sounds, fava beans, sautéed artichokes, salad (after the main course in Europe) and fresh fruit for dessert. Delicious!! Mi dispiace che non parlo italiano.