We were in the mood for nostalgia this year so my sister and I decided to make a dinner we had many times as children though we cut back on the volume and made only two courses.
For starters we made Pizza Rustica which is Easter meat pie, and steamed, stuffed artichokes with Limoncello from our grandmother’s recipes.
Our Lasagna with meat sauce, or gravy as we call it in our family, took center stage this year. We made the lasagna in our own style and it turned out delicious.
We paired our meal with a Chianti Classico Reserve that was perfect with the meat pie and the lasagna.
With our desserts and espresso we served Limoncello. Remembering our mother and aunt making this liqueur when we were growing up brought back some fond memories for us so we decided it should be included in this nostalgic day we were creating.
Of course we didn’t have time to make our own liqueur but that didn’t stop us.
We used the Limoncello in our steamed artichokes earlier, but as an after dinner liqueur it was quite different.
The simplicity of Limoncello is what makes it special. Its fresh lemon aroma and tangy flavor has just the right amount of sweetness. We made lots of shaved ice and scooped it into our glasses then poured the Limoncello over it. It was the “wow” to our desserts.
Delicious and refreshing, the Limoncello made our dessert shine this holiday and was the perfect ending to a family gathering of fun and wonderful memories.