A Taste of Italiano

09.11.2011As I've mentioned in my previous blog, I spent Labor Day weekend in Pittsburgh with my roommates. On the second day, we met one of my roommate's friends for breakfast at a place called Pamela’s which was decorated in all different kinds of board games and the food was yummy. Then, her family was having a cookout later on that we went to. At the cookout, I got to meet more of her family members, like her grandparents which were adorable. I, of course, thought that it would be a typical cookout consisting of hotdogs and hamburgers. However, I forgot that she’s Italian. So, we started off dinner with an antipasto platter consisting of fresh mozzarella, marinated mushrooms, olives, and red peppers. There was also baguette with an olive oil and sundried tomato dipping sauce. Once that was finished, they brought out a huge bowl of pesto pasta, which was so delicious I could have eaten just that...but of course I didn’t. Next, there was a tray of steak and grilled chicken and a salad to go along with it. The salad included fresh vegetables from their garden. After consuming all of that food, we sat down and played cards, but not a regular card game, an Italian one called “Scopa”. Her great aunt is actually from Italy, so she taught us how to play. At first, it was a little tricky, because you had to learn the deck, since it differed from the American card decks we are all used to. But after a while, you really got the hang of it and it was a lot of fun. The next morning we had a brunch with her family members and then we were back on the road to Dayton. I had a wonderful weekend and really enjoyed being with a large, Italian family. The food was delicious, the conversations were interesting, and there was a lot of fun. And I learned a new card game. Happy Labor Day!