Yesterday evening, before heading out to see our friends play music in Bird Rock (La Jolla), Tracie P and I were the guests of the Reynolds, who live in the house where I spent my childhood years.
Mrs. Reynolds made a fantastic dish that I’d never had before, panzanella del prete (above), the priest’s panzanella, a “rich” version of the classic Tuscan dish of summer, panzanella, a summer salad made with leftover saltless Tuscan bread and chopped summer vegetables and herbs (basil, tomato, cucumber, red onion, etc.).
Mrs. Reynolds even baked the Tuscan bread herself, using a Marcella Hazan recipe. Her panzanella del prete (a traditional dish of Garfagnana, northwest Tuscany) had olive-oil packed tuna and blanched carrots, and tomatoes and thyme grown in her garden. Utterly delicious…
We paired the dish with what has become my favorite wine of the summer, the best Prosecco (IMHO) that you can buy in the U.S., Costadilà.
Made with ambient yeast, fermented in bottle, and aged on its lees (with no filtering), Costadilà Prosecco is the type of Prosecco I would drink when I was living and playing music in the province of Belluno during graduate-school summers. Each year, I’d drive down to visit with Nico Naldini (Pasolini’s cousin and collaborator) down in Solighetto in the heart of Prosecco country.
This wine isn’t for everyone: it’s cloudy and crunchy, salty and gritty… and man, it is UNBELIEVABLY good…
Dulcis in fundo…
I love seeing all my high school friends, like Michael Kornberg (left) and Andrew Harvey, who brought his baby girl to his gig last night. Andrew is a fantastic drummer (he plays with me in the Grapes, too).
The baby fever going around is contagious!
Hey! How did you get the Costadila? I LOVE that stuff.
I think I would love that wine….any idea who reps it here?
I’m already hot on the Costadila trail…I want to serve it btg at Enoteca Molinari
Baby contagion, wonderful.
Just had the Costadila for the first time, and you’re absolutely right. It’s the best, most refreshing, most interesting prosecco I’ve had. The salad looks great, too. Lovely post.
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And Jeremy, I already have people asking for Mrs. Reynolds’ Panzanella del Prete recipe. Any chance of getting it out to the masses?
Baby fever huh? ;)
I’m digging that clear bottle. I think Lini should have clear bottles.
Jeremy, My baby sister is a wonderful cook and hostess. Loved seeing the fotos and reading about your evening together.
Yes, my mother is one of the greatest cooks ever! (Especially Italian food.) She taught me everything I know…though I don’t bake my own bread yet!