Romans on holiday always seem to make it to the Alban Hills, also known as the Castelli Romani for an experience of relaxation and for the finest experience of dining. The ColliAlbani towns produce some of Italy's most popular white wines, and almost anywhere you go you'll see signs indicating cantina, enoteca or osteria. This is where the Pope has his summer residence at Castel Gondolfo, near Albano where St. Gaspar had his first Mission House.
When it is the time for feasting, the Rectory at St. Edward takes on traditional Gasparian hospitality and the table is set for the guests with the finest of wines and the best of Italian cooking. Often using the herbs and spices from his own garden, Fr. Keyes recreates some of his favorite Italian experiences for you. Today the Rosemary and Basil for the meal come from the garden.
June 18, 2015
Pastina in brodo
Albariño, New Clairvaux, St. James Block, 2014
Farfalle con Pomodori e Basilico
Barbera, New Clairvaux, Poor Souls Block, 2013
Zinfandel, New Clairvaux
This brings to an end an eleven year history of fine hospitality as I prepare this feast for six priests and a bishop. Then all the kitchenware will be packed up and stored for the period of exile forced on me by the charismatic new Pastor.