|Sigh no more, Ladies.|
|Come! I will have thee.|
...And we can't forget this. As it is set in Messina, we shall have our meal the Italian way: Appertivo, Antipasto, Primo, Secondi (con Contorno) Formaggio e Frutta, e Dolce con Digestif. These are vibrant, luscious dishes, perfect for outdoor eating (
Appertivo: Mrs. 404 -- an appertif with St Germaine and Aperol (well, the Aperol, at least, is Italian), from Julie Davis's fun food blog.
Antipasto: In the summer heat a platter of salami and olives will do just fine. May I recommend Virginia based Olli Salumeria (it is some of the very best salami I have ever had)--available at Grape + Bean in Alexandria, and the delicious Italian varieties of olives: Cerignola, and Castelvetrano (available at Whole Foods and specialty grocery stores, and any decent Italian deli). Brighten the dish with a splash of peppery olive oil and a side of melon.
|His words are a very fantastical |
banquet, just so many strange dishes.
Secondi: Sicilian Style Swordfish with tomatoes and capers and olives and every good thing, from Food 52. If you can't get a hold of swordfish, this would be good with any meaty fish: tuna, salmon, halibut, and even fresh sardines. As a Contorno, or side dish, add a light salad of shaved fennel, arugula, and heirloom tomatoes.
|Come, come, we are friends: let's have a dance ere we are married,|
that we may lighten our own hearts and our wives' heels.
Fromaggio e Frutta: I will admit. I was inspired almost as much by this movie as I was by this amazing dish of grilled (GRILLED!) cheese (literally--not a sandwich) with figs and honey from Not Without Salt. Behold:
|Have some wine ere you are gone.|
|If we can do this, Cupid is no longer an archer: his glory shall be ours, for we are the only love-gods.|
|For man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.|
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