Fulvio’s Lunches

Fulvio’s funghi con pappardelle

It’s selfish, I know, but I just can’t help it.

When I visit my friend, historian and author, Mary Jane Cryan, I secretly hope that Fulvio will offer to make pranzo. That’s because Fulvio’s lunches are not only delectable, but an opportunity for me to learn more about la cucina italiana from a true expert. Plus, Fulvio is forthcoming with various little secrets that make his traditional dishes so special.

Luigi and Fulvio

This past Sunday, Luigi and I were particularly fortunate to pranzare with Mary Jane and Fulvio, because Fulvio’s incredible primo piatto was sauteed wild “Etruscan” mushrooms (picked by Fulvio himself, and found only in a few particular areas in Italy) generously doused in excellent olive oil, then tossed into steaming parpadelle. (I came close to licking my bowl.)

Of course, the antipasto was also delicious – crostini topped with Fulvio’s home-made olive marmalade … and following the amazing pappardelle con funghi, a thin sliced pork roast simmered in vegetable broth. Yet another amazing pranzo thanks to Fulvio!

Makes me wonder how he could possibly top it the next time. But just before we left, he did mention something about a recipe for gamberoni (shrimp) and a shellfish soup… and then there was his comment about grilling sausages in the fireplace …

Yes, we’ve definitely become spoiled by Fulvio’s lunches!

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Fulvio’s cookbook of traditional recipes and stories is called Olio e Ricordi in Cucina. You could contact Mary Jane Cryan to get a copy, or better yet, join us here off the beaten strada and meet Fulvio and Mary Jane in person!

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Pamela Haack is the founder of Off the Beaten Strada where she creates and organizes personalized experiences and specialty retreats in central Italy, for travelers who wish to be immersed in the history, culture and traditions of the region.

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  1. gosh that does look yummy! Well done to Fulvio!

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