Whipped feta and cucumber shmear with toasted bread. As good as it sounds, a perfectly cool spread for warm crusty bread.
Carrot salad with fig conserve. Very minty, flavorful, and refreshing.
Salami toscana, goat cheese and black-olive tapenade panini. Salty in the best way.
Octopus with green beans, fingerling potatoes and salsa verde. Meaty and light, I wish I could eat this on a bun at a baseball game.
Blistered marconi peppers with sea salt and garlic chips. The epitome of simple being delicious.
And for dessert: Panino con nutella (“A sweet sandwich filled with a chocolate hazelnut spread, marshmallow cream and bananas”). I loved it. I loved every second of it.
I washed it all down with two glasses of cava. OHF. Oh how fantastic. Happy birthday to me, indeed.