I have been to Italy many times with my husband but this was a special mother and son trip and I wanted my 26 year old to experience the real Italy as best we could. He loves to cook and we both have an appreciation for nice wines, so I thought this would be a fun day to bond and have a good meal. Wow, what an understatement. We met Jacopo in the square, as promised, and with a young couple from Chicago, we headed to the market. This in itself was an education - Jacopo has such an amazing appreciation for fresh food. We proceeded to his mother's beautiful flat and on a cozy rainy day, with the kitchen windows wide open on the beautiful views of the hillside, we chopped and stirred, and listened and chatted with this amazing man and wonderful teacher. He has a passion for food, and took great pride in showing us the simplicity of preparing such delicious dishes. We made salad, fresh ravioli with spinach and ricotta, a pork dish, the most amazing risotto, and my son made the tiramisu. Along with the fabulous meal, we learned many little secrets! Finally, after about 4 hours of lessons and fun, we sat in the dining room and shared this wonderful meal, along with Chianti, with Jacopo and our new found friends.
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