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

14 Responses to “Lapo turns 60!”

  1. Sandy Holswade June 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM #

    Oh Judy e Leonardo – what a fabulous, beautiful birthday celebration! You must have had a wonderful time! Thank you for sharing. Sandy e Lorenzo


  2. Charles June 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM #

    Aloha Judy & Leonard,
    The Best photo was the last photo. You both look terrific. Keep drinking the vino…:)



  3. florence Connelly June 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM #

    wow judy and Leo ! what a fabulous celebration – the food was remarkable ( oh that pork roast and the rosemary potatoes ) Lapo and familia – so beautiful ….great photos – loved it all – can’t wait for Vince to see it ! x0x0


  4. simonetta June 24, 2014 at 1:31 AM #

    Molto bello, conosco Lapo ed i mie Genitori erano invitati al Party,….. mi hanno raccontato della bella sorpresa e le vostre foto mi han fatto vivere la serata. bello bello


  5. Barbara Kaines June 24, 2014 at 6:02 AM #

    What am I believes a evening One I’m sure you won’t forget. Thanks for sharing it with us. Barbara Sent from my iPhone



  6. vince June 24, 2014 at 8:32 AM #

    Arguably your best posting to date. Vince


  7. Jane June 24, 2014 at 6:14 PM #

    What a fun evening. That is the biggest cake I have ever seen! Looks like it was delicious!


    • blogginginitaly July 27, 2014 at 11:51 AM #

      Everything was delicious, but especially the cake as it was made with so much love!


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