Francesca Barreca and Marco Baccanelli are the Mighty Fooders – and they have earned the undying love of this foodie/stalker for life. On Saturday, in their home on the ground floor of a courtyard fit for a Rear Window remake, they served up:
CAPONATINA ITALIAN STYLE
CRAB PIE (torta di granchio)
SWEET POTATO SALAD WITH ORANGE MAPLE DRESSING
(insalata di patate dolci con sciroppo d’acero e arancia)
BAYOU COUNTRY GUMBO
CORN BREAD (pane di mais)
CHEESE CAKE AL MANDARINO
BEER AND COKE
It was accompanied by a live jazz trio and attended by about 40 people, each one cooler than the next, none of them in any way pretentious.
When I arrived, on time like the nuns taught me, there were a few people milling about. I returned from the drinks table behind the kitchen and was approached by an American girl: “Hi, I’m sorry, are you Miss Expatria?”
“Uh, yes, I am. Hi!” She lives here in Rome, and after apologizing for seeming like a blog stalker, we got to chatting. A few minutes in, I asked her what she does for a living.
“I do subtitles for film and television.”
“Wait a minute. What? Are you [her name]?”
She looked surprised. “Uh, yes, I am.”
“And you blog stalk ME? I blog stalk YOU! I love you! Hi!” And a friendship was born.
Well, more than a friendship, really – it was more like a doyenne conference. She has her very own Gay Mafia – really, everyone should – and with a trusty gay Aussie by her side we made plans for a summit of the two factions in early May; a fabulous kind of peace shall reign as spring becomes summer this year in Rome.
Meanwhile the stalking continued unabated, as Marco and Francesca kindly took a few minutes to introduce themselves and we all gushed to each other how wonderful it was to finally meet. I also tried stalking Mistress VinoRoma, who was in attendance and whom I later found out had ACTUALLY SAID HELLO to me, but apparently I didn’t recognize her and was bummed that I was not able to find her. WTF? I’m an idiot.
In any case, it was a delightful evening of delicious food lovingly prepared, fun music, new friends and lots of laughter. I made my way home fully satisfied – heart, mind, body and soul. I am thrilled to have found the Mighty Fooders, and anxiously await their next event.