After every trip, I like to replicate in my own kitchen the food I enjoyed most. I was in Italy recently and ate at Taverna del Lupo in Gubbio in the Umbria region. Its menu features simple, fresh-tasting food--without a leaf of basil anywhere.
I’d go back in a minute just for this meal. It starts with tomato bruschetta and wedges of peasant-like fried flat bread topped with prosciutto. Whether served with drinks or as a first course at the table, this makes an upbeat antipasto with great contrast.
For the main course, serve some grilled meat or sausages along with a baby arugula salad. The following course, Pecorino Romano cheese with a marmalade of caramelized red onions, makes for good lingering around the table. It’s all served family style. A full-bodied red table wine from Italy is a good choice for these two courses.