A Beautiful Italian Birthday!

23 May

44 years ago, I celebrated my 21st birthday at Gino’s restaurant in Rome with a wonderful group of friends/fellow students. Shortly after, I would return to the US with my badge of honor – a driver’s license showing I was 21.

Yesterday,  I celebrated my birthday, (you can do the math!), with a wonderful group of friends at Tuscher Cafe in Cortona. Soon, I will return to the US with another badge of honor – a red, white and blue Medicare card!

Yesterday was the kind of day one would order – sunny, warm, and filled with blue skies and wonderful greetings from family and friends, near and far, including this:

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Len decided we should start the day at Tuscher with brunch and a prosecco toast – sounded good to me.

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Afterward, we went for a long walk and enjoyed vistas that never get old.

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Time for lunch – back to Tuscher for Edoardo’s new fish sandwich with fries… we split one, and enjoyed people watching as we sipped some vino.

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Feeling the need for another walk, the antique fair in town was the perfect venue. Finally, we headed home for a rest before dinner.

At 8pm, we arrived at Tuscher, (yes, it was definitely a Tuscher kind of day!) to a beautiful table and waited for our guests to arrive.

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Massimo and Niccolo took care of us as Dani and Edo worked their magic in the kitchen.

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Although the invitation said no gifts please, our guests claimed to not understand English!

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Len had already given me a relaxing day at the local spa, and Benita surprised me with family tickets to see James Taylor at Wrigley Field this summer.

Dinner began with Champaign and appertivo.

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Often interrupted for photos and toasts…

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I brought hand-made honey candles for each guest and created a bit of a game around their choice.

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First course –  spaghetti with fresh tomatoes and basil…delicious!

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Second course – beef filet cooked to order, roasted rosemary potatoes and sautéed artichokes. Perfect!

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Sometime after dinner and singing and stories, and feeling we couldn’t eat another thing, the lights went out…

And Dani and Massimo entered with this incredible wine cake with whipped cream and strawberries. Wow!

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After all other customer were gone, Dani, Massimo, Niccolo and Edo were finally able to close the doors and join us. Applause! Applause!

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Many thanks to all, either with me or in my heart, who made my day so special, and a very, very  special thanks to Len. A perfect ending to a perfect day!

Molte grazie a tutti, sia con me o nel mio cuore, che ha reso il mio giorno così speciale, e un grazie molto, molto speciale a Len. Una conclusione perfetta di una giornata perfetta!

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Ciao,
Judy

 

 

 

 

 

30 Responses to “A Beautiful Italian Birthday!”

  1. Yvonne Wilson May 23, 2016 at 3:35 PM #

    What a wonderful birthday, almost heaven!!!!

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  2. Fr Chuck Faso OFM May 23, 2016 at 3:37 PM #

    Buon Compleanno, Judy! Che bellissimo girono! Sempre avanti! Il Dio ti benedica!

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  3. Barbara Kaines May 23, 2016 at 3:37 PM #

    Happy birthday and another year of good health and wonderful memories yet to be made. Barbara

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  4. karenincalabria May 23, 2016 at 4:13 PM #

    Beautiful and delicious! What kind of bread was the fish sandwich made with?
    AUGURI!

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  5. Lyniece Salvatore May 23, 2016 at 4:22 PM #

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! I hope you have many more.

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  6. Connelly, Vincent J. May 23, 2016 at 4:31 PM #

    Really does look like you had an excellent birthday.

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  7. Hilary Martinez May 23, 2016 at 4:57 PM #

    Happy Birthday Judy,
    Best Wishes to you and Len too,
    Love,
    Gustavo and Hilary

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  8. Sandy Holswade May 23, 2016 at 7:49 PM #

    Oh Judy, the whole affair brought tears to my eyes! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! What a fantastic celebration for a very “young and beautiful” you. The last picture of you and Len is a definite keeper!! ……..and oh, the food, the food, the food! I’m starving!!

    Love, Sandy and Larry

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    • blogginginitaly May 24, 2016 at 2:35 AM #

      Thanks, Sandy. As always, love hearing from you and happy that you and Larry were at Tuscher with us a few years ago! xox

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  9. jean May 23, 2016 at 10:48 PM #

    Al’s birthday is this week. Are you both Gemini’s?
    Congratulations to Len for his choice of lovely child bride 🙂
    Happy birthday, Judy and many more!

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    • blogginginitaly May 24, 2016 at 2:33 AM #

      Thanks, Jean, and yes, Gemini it is! Happy Birthday to Al from us. And I’ll pass along your comment!

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  10. Mari Louise May 24, 2016 at 4:29 AM #

    Auguri!! What a perfect place for a birthday! Your smile says it all!

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  11. Royce Larsen May 24, 2016 at 10:27 AM #

    Happy Birthday!
    What an endeavor
    Certainly dining in Italy is an art form
    Thanks for letting me share the experience

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  12. Francesca Edesia May 24, 2016 at 1:56 PM #

    Happy Birthday!!! Tanti auguri! Che bella festa!

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  13. Roberto May 24, 2016 at 2:39 PM #

    You made my day and I vicariously celebrate with you!!!

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  14. Bobbie Morgan May 24, 2016 at 5:43 PM #

    What a memorable birthday celebration! A beautiful day in such a very special place!!!

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