Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ur tóŕa ed Natòl a Giusvalla

The holiday feast in Giusvalla includes many culinary delights that are familiar to those of us who grew up “vijìn ài nóshtri ráìje giusvallìni.”

Following are a few items that are typical of the holiday table in Giusvalla (and in some of our homes as well!):

Stuffed eggs (similar to our “deviled eggs”)
Insalata russo “Russian salad” (includes peas, potatoes, carrots, etc. and a dressing of homemade mayonnaise with tuna “tonnata”)
Smoked Salmon
Slices of boiled veal (served with the above mentioned cream colored tonnata)
Patè of homemade butter with local prosciutto and lemon

Primi Piatti
Homemade tortellini in broth
Ur raviùre (meat ravioli alla ragù bolognese)

Secondi Piatti
Faraona (guinea hen) with Ligurian olives
Pork and roasted potatoes
Flan of spinach and chard
Various preparations of fish

Dates, walnuts, hazelnuts
Dried figs and candied fruit
Bignè alla crema (cream puffs)
Pears cooked in red wine and cloves

All enjoyed with a variety of delicious local red and white wines … Barbera, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, Cinque Terre, Pigato, Vermentino … just to name a few. Also dessert wines such as Recioto di Soave, Moscato and Freisa are served.

au tóŕa giusvallìn ù’s mangia bèn ….

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the descendants and friends of Giusvalla.

Bun Natòl a tùcci vuici!

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