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Comfort Food from An Old Italian Kitchen

The Villa Trotta in southern Italy is a place of beauty, respite and peace. When my friends and I stayed there last spring, one of my favorite things about it was how quickly it felt like home. A good 15-30 minute drive from the nearest town, it became our own private world.

We did our washing and hung it out to dry like proper Italians.

We washed dishes looking out of this window.

And after fetching pasta, bread, vegetables and wine from the local markets, we cooked in our very own little kitchen.

That was pure bliss to me. My friend Nat and I had such fun steaming purple artichokes, roasting green beans, and stirring pots of simmering tomatoes and garlic into thick, rich sauces.

One night after a long, glorious day exploring the Isle of Capri, we came home wanting simple comfort food. We found it in chilled white wine, chewy bread slathered with Nutella, and fried potatoes with red bell peppers, onion, garlic, and Italian sausage.

We brought our plates out onto the terrace and sipped, nibbled and visited as we watched the sun set over the Adriatic. Bliss.

After you’ve had a long day shopping, hiking or exploring, what is your ideal comfort food?

For more information on Villa Trotta or other reasonably priced vacation villas in Italy, click here.

This post is my contribution to Wanderfood Wednesday at Wanderlust and Lipstick. Click here to find more delicious food from around the world.




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Velva - Stunning! What can I say?

bellini valli - As you know I have this same villa on my bucket list and having it on my desktop takes it one step further.I am in dream land, since I typed my name as bellini villa:D

elra - Definitely bookmarking this villa, thanks Krista !

mlle paradis - oh yes, i’d like to do all those things! and having a collection of all the beautiful glasses (so beautifully rendered in your lens) from your last couple of posts would suit me down to the ground too!

Jen Cheung - the last picture is so stunning. I mean – I wouldn’t mind eating out in my backyard every day with that kind of view. so relaxing and enjoyable 🙂

have a lovely tuesday love.
jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

Pat - I absolutely loved the pictures of the setting sun and the window……….fabulous

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Joanne - Italy seems like the ideal place for comfort food! I’ll take a bowl of pasta followed by a container of Nutella. Put a fork in me. I’m done.

Anna Johnston - I love Italy Krista, only been there once and its definatly on my list of must return and spend some serious time there. I loved everything about my short visit, its a place to return to. I couldn’t think of a better way to while away some relaxation time with friends, some simple food & a glass of wine & views like this. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Nicole - What a lovely spot to relax and explore, Krista! It could only be improved for me by adding an Italian espresso. Mmm.

RamblingTart - Thank you, Velva! I think it’s just wonderful too. 🙂

RamblingTart - I love that, Val! 🙂 I hope you get there one day very soon!! 🙂

RamblingTart - I’m so glad, Elra!! You will love it there. 🙂

RamblingTart - I’m so glad you like pretty glasses too, Paradis. 🙂 They make everything, even water, so special. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Jen! The view left me speechless too. 🙂 I just loved it. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Pat!! I’m so glad they delight you too. 🙂

RamblingTart - And I will happily share my feast with you, Joanne! 🙂 Though somehow I don’t think you’d let me get the Nutella away from you. 🙂

RamblingTart - You’re so welcome, Anna. 🙂 I’d dearly love to go back too. I’m so glad I have these pictures and recipes to remember Italy by. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Nicole. 🙂 I would LOVE to add an espresso to this picture!! 🙂

Meeta - Sigh – simply gorgeous! Love the last picture but that nutella looks darned good too ;o) tahnks for making this a great start to my morning krista!

Corinne @ Gourmantic - I hope the Nutella was for dessert and not as an accompaniment to the sausage! 😛

Funny about the comfort foods we crave when travelling. For me, it’s often as basic as plain pasta or steamed vegetables!

pachecopatty - Beautiful pictures, makes me feel like I’m right there in person watching the sun set and enjoying the food and wine:)

Faith - It sounds like this was such a peaceful, revuninating time. That bread slathered with Nutella is my kind of comfort food! 😉

Pam - Great photos! The first one reminds me of living in Germany and throwing the bedding on the balcony every day. Love your blog and I’m so glad to find it.

RamblingTart - Thank you, Meeta! I’m so glad this made your morning better. 🙂

RamblingTart - Umm, can I say “no comment” Corinne? 🙂 I might have had it during and after dinner. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Patty! I’m so glad you feel at home in these pictures. 🙂

RamblingTart - It sure was, Faith. 🙂 Just what I needed. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Pam! 🙂 I love that idea of the bedding on the balcony. It would keep things so fresh. 🙂

denise @ quickies on the dinner table - Capri?! Krista – I am now officially jealous *sigh* What a sunset!!! Thanks for the photo tour. One more thing now on my list of to-dos/to-gos.

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