What a Saturday! Jack and I started the day with Harry and Ramie at Dolci Desideri: cappucini and cornetti (one with marmalata, one whole wheat with bitter honey) for the moms, frutti di bosca (wild berry) muffins for the boys. Then, in the 39-degree-Fahrenheit chill, we walked around the block to the outdoor market on Via Nicolini. First, we went to one of the small organic farmers’ stands. What’s in season at this farm near the airport? Dandelion greens, chicories, peppers, eggplants, potatoes, various hard-skinned squashes. I bought some of almost everything, and she stuffed some fresh herbs in my bag for free. At the next stand, we bought apples, plums, pears, and broad beans.
Back at the Academy, we stopped in at the bar, and Alessandro made Jack some hot cocoa. He doesn’t know how lucky he is. The ingredients were whole unpasteurized organic milk, house-made chocolate ganache, and house-made marshmallows. While he worked, Alessandro told Jack, in Italian, about his pet turtle.
Lunch at the Academy, served at one, was phenomenal as usual. The dessert was an incredible taste sensations. “Outrageous,” according to one diner. There was a sweet crumbly shortbread style tart crust, in which was a warm custard flavored with—or really just subtly evoking the flavors of—honey, lemon, pinenuts, a few raisins, and something else more evanescent. What was it?
Unbelievably, we did more eating as the day went on. Some of our next door neighbors with young kids came over for dinner. I roasted a bunch of the veggies I’d bought, and tossed them with pasta, rosemary, olive oil, and grated pecorino romano.
Nick and Rena brought dessert: a Dolci Desideri cherry-infused chocolate cake that seemed to be half crumb, half ganache. Jack and Lulu licked all of the plates clean:
I’m not sure what the goggles were for.