My Nonna is always urging me to stop by her place when I can, even if it's just for an afternoon so she can spoil me a bit with some food and coffee. Brian had never been to her place before and after lots of phone calls of her saying, "Bring your boy!" we finally made an afternoon out of it the other week.
Like most of this past summer, we stopped by on a beautiful, hot sunny afternoon, only to find my Nonna hidden away in her garden. I can only hope to have something as nice and luscious as this little space one day!
She loves to talk Brian's ear off (as I think she's worn out the rest of us..) Who knows what tall-tale she could be telling him here:
Perhaps one of my all-time favourite things about her garden is the wine grapes that are grown each fall under the terrace.
They may be green now, but in just a few short weeks they'll ripen into a handsome violet colour - and they're so yummy! My dad always brings a big batch of them home usually in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
Finally after lots of persuading (literally, Nonna could go on forever...) we made it inside where she served us a bit food: mostly fresh co-cuts of salami, ham and cheese, bread buns, tomatoes dripped in olive oil and espresso. She even urged us on multiple occasions to have some white wine, despite the fact that I was driving (as she would say: "The alcohol doesn't control you - you control the alcohol." Great, Nonna. I'll tell that to a cop when I get pulled over :)
I know these little pop-ins to Nonna mean the world to her and I'm happy we were able to finally pay her a visit. If I have half the energy she does at her age, I hope I'm able to pull off cool garden shots like these ones (my sister and I both said if she had Facebook, this would definitely be her profile pic!)