This is the Thanksgiving movie I made while working with the RSFP. It’s a little peek inside what it’s like to work at the RSFP during a busy week. Thanks to everyone who was involved and featured! It was a great time.
Trustees Week at the American Academy is the culmination of months of learning, practice, planning and stress. Actually, it was a lot of fun. So much to do, so little time and so many plates to put out. I had a great time. I’m way to exhausted to write any more about it so the pictures will have to describe the rest.
One of the last pastas I made at the AAR was a ravioli with ricotta zucchini flower filling. It was just that simple and tasted great. We used burrato, Semolina and 00 flour to make the pasta.
One of the obvious perks of working at the AAR is getting to know and see and listen to some amazing artists. The kitchen was lucky enough to have a little private shop talk with Chuck Close up in his studio. He took us through his book which shows his entire body of work and he explained each period and method behind his work.
He also tried on a few pieces of art that his girlfriend, Sienna, is working on.
I was lucky enough to go along with fellows on a spelunking tour of the aqueducts that used to feed Rome. We explored the Acqua Marcia from end to end and then had a nice homestyle meal together. All with a stache.
I had a great time at the Galileo event, eating Chris’s special porchetta sammies, watching videos projected on walls and listening to our talented musical fellows perform out in the garden. Loved the candle constellation in grass too.
I took a little video of Paul Rudy performing as well. So cool in the rain.
Evenings in Rome have been some of the most vivid and colorful dusks I’ve ever seen.
This is one of my favorite pastas I’ve learned to make. I made the cavatelli with a little greens puree and then sauteed ortica (nettles), tossed the pasta with it and dotted ricotta into the mix. Just so simple and yummy.
I have been craving some bowling. Finally, last week, it happened when I was least expecting it to. That’s the best. We went for a fellow’s birthday — happy birthday Stephen. So happy. It didn’t even matter that I bowled like crap. That rush, that feeling of completeness and just letting go was so refreshing. Yes, I’m talking about bowling.
Below, my team, Stephen showing off his form and the striker, Miles. Just throwin’ strikes all day. He brings a kitchen-like concentration to the lanes that’s just eerie to watch. The alley looked like it had been transplanted directly from America to Rome.
Viale Regina Margherita, 181
Maria took some great pictures of me — more my hands — making maltagliati. Chris mixed some rosemary and sage into the dough. We made pasta fagioli with it. Came out deliciously.