It’s cocktail hour and we just popped open the prosecco and it’s the perfect time to get out the olives that I bought at the street mercato a few days ago. They were sold at a booth featuring food from Puglia, piled high in bins next to enormous round loaves of their famous bread.
When I first walked by the vendor asked me if I wanted a taste and I politely declined. After cruisng around and checking out the other booths I returned and after spying these fabulous, large green olives I decided to take him up on his offer. One bite later and I walked away with a bagful, wishing that J. was here. He loves a good olive!
Take a look at these beauties from Norcia, the capitol of pork products. One is a classic salami while the darker one is flavored with mushrooms. We sliced them, broke out a pecorino cheese from the Garfagnana that I found here in town and we’re all set. Come on over. We’ve got plenty!