We began the evening by toasting Grammy with a chilled bottle of 2000 Bellavista Grand Cuvee Pas Opere, a beautifully rich and full-bodied champagne-styled wine from Franciacorta, Italy. Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes in the classic Methode Champenoise style (a second fermentation occurs in the bottle in which the wine is sold in), this has long been a favorite with our family. Not easy to find however. Wine Legend, Livingston, NJ has the NV Bellavista Franciacorta Cuvee Brut. $32.
To accompany the Bellavista, Carol stuffed Figs that I picked from our fig trees earlier in the day. She stuffed the sweet and succulent fruits with crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese, slivers of Prosciutto di Parma drizzled them with extra virgin olive oil. There is nothing like a fresh picked fig and these were incredible. Fresh Mozzarella slices with tomatoes accompanied the figs on the platter.
The aforementioned Pepperoni Bread (not pictured) complemented the figs and mozzarella, before we settled in at the dinning room table for our sumptuous meal.
We began with the Lasagna with meatballs and sausage. The beauty of this lasagna is the creaminess of the ricotta cheese filling. (specifics and the recipe can be found here).