Apologies to regular What’s for Lunch? readers for the unexplained absence. But I have an excuse and it’s actually food-related. I’ve been eating my way through Italy. Gelato, granite, bucatini all’ amatriciana, carciofo all guidia— you say it (with a charming Italian accent) I ate it.
And so did my children. Of course, Italy is food heaven for kids like mine who, given their druthers, would eat pizza and pasta for every meal (which is exactly what they did). Of course, it was traditional Roman and Napolese thin crust pizza made with fresh tomato sauce and delicious olive oil, slices of rich and succulent mozzarella di bufala on top. The pasta, too, was freshly made and slattered with simple and extraordinary sauces. We didn’t have a single bad meal. Overpriced, yes, but invariably tasty.
And frankly, all that easy eating was a blessed relief from arguing about food at the family table (“Sure you can have another pizza—why not? we’re on holiday!”), but I think there will be a few bumps in the road as we re-acclimatize to our vegetable (rather than carbohydrate) -based diet.
I also did some research, asking some Italian kids about their school lunch. Watch for the interview coming up soon.