Tonight, at Cesare al Casaletto, the food was lovely as always, the mosquitos were gentle, the dogs were patient and many of the patrons were in a state of propagation frenzy. One would have thought it was the beginning of Spring, not the end. I counted four tables where the dessert was foreplay. Entertaining, at the least, to this observer, who had a brand new Passerina to keep him company.
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In other news, well not really news at all. More like a pre-moon-landing walk down Via Veneto.
While I am in Rome, long time restaurateur once told me about Rome in the 1960’s. This restaurateur, let’s call him Mario, told me that he would come to Italy to visit relatives and to do research on the foods being served in local places, usually upscale, as Mario was an upscale kind of guy.
For those who don’t know or are too young to remember, the Via Veneto was ground zero for La Dolce Vita. Fellini fashioned ideas and shaped images from the Via Veneto café society. I was too young, but by all accounts, this was the place to be. Italy was coming out of its long coma from the last war, and Western Society was going through the beginning of a sexual revolution that we still haven’t seen the end of. Talk about a long tail.
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And the wine? It was a 2014 from Agricola Macciocca, Monocromo #1, Passerina del Frusinate IGT from Lazio. A wine produced in harmony with nature and one that was not only delicious and a great value, but one that ebbed and pulsed with the meal and the emotions that were present in Rome on a late Spring night. And yes, it was a dry wine, but a very sweet experience.
So, it seems, we're finally back on the wine trail in Italy. More to come. Check in regularly for the next week or so.
written and photographed ( in Rome) by Alfonso Cevola limited rights reserved On the Wine Trail in Italy
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