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Lapo turns 60!

23 Jun

Last year, I wrote about the wonderful dinner we had at Casale delle Torre Agriturismo. Our dear friends Carrol and Larry, who rent there during the summer, had invited us to dinner

Carroll, Lapo, Larry –

and it was there we met Lapo and Paola, the Agriturismo’s proprietors, and now also our friends.

Last night, we were again invited, this time to celebrate Lapo’s 60th birthday. The lovely women in the family, Paola, Ilaria and Laura, threw a surprise party for Lapo, and surprising him was no small feat!


The trees were filled with photos of fond memories of Lapo’s life.

Their wedding

Their wedding

Nightgowns for two?

Night gowns for two?

Pheasant Hunting

Pheasant Hunting

Lapo and Paola

Sempre amore

And their two grand successes!

Their two successful daughters

And a poster representing 60 years of Lapo’s work, with cheese, sheep and hay –


and place cards to match.


Place cards

The setting could have been in an Italian film, with one beautiful table set for 48.

Lapo's Birthday table

Lapo’s Birthday table

And a view no movie set could match.

Our friend Larry was tasked with keeping Lapo busy from 3:30 till 8:00, not an easy assignment, but alas, they arrived, and we knew Lapo was surprised by the tears rolling down his cheeks.

Appertivo was poolside, with music and dancing, of course!

Lapo is a proud farmer who among other things raises his own sheep, and produces wine, olive oil and cheese – a man of many talents for sure.

He is also affectionately known as “movie star” as he is the sheep herder in Under the Tuscan Sun and appears several times throughout the movie.


Dinner as you might imagine was several delicious courses, most of which I remembered to photograph before eating!

Fagottini di Borraggione

Fagottini di Borraggione –

Rosemary roasted potatoes

Rosemary roasted potatoes

smoked pok

smoked pork

Toasts and speeches were made, and Paola read a poem she wrote in the local dialect. Even the Italians next to me from Bergamo didn’t quite understand, but there were plenty of laughs and smiles from those who did. We think we got the gist of it, however,  from Paola’s antics!

Paola's poem to Lapo

Paola’s poem to Lapo

Lapo's speech


While most were eating, Mother and daughter Laura were busy decorating the homemade cake, again with elements of Lapo’s life.

Laura decorating the cake,

And the final, very delicious product…

After dinner, we moved poolside once again to sing Happy Birthday, then Lapo did the honors, fireworks and all!

Time for more champagne and Lapo’s heartfelt gratitude to his wife and daughters for their love and hard work.

More champaign and toasts

Afterward, Ilaria read a tribute and followed it with a short and fun movie of Lapo’s life.

Besides being a great husband and father, Lapo is also a caring and wonderful friend to so many. Just ask his family and friends.

The evening, which began under the warm summer sunshine and ended under the stars, was filled with love, laughter and the happy celebration of a wonderful man by his loving family.

Tanti auguri, Lapo!

E un grande abbraccio,


Judy e Leonardo

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