Who knew that sleeping in until 9:30am could feel so amazing, but after three very busy days in Brussels and Cinque Terre, it was just what the doctor ordered. While I probably could have slept even longer, I wasn’t about to turn down the opportunity to go to the restaurant supply store with my cousins and learn a bit more about the restaurant industry in Italy. Metro, the restaurant supply store, was essentially a giant Costco filled with everything from cookies and crackers to giant wheels of Parmeggiano Reggiano. After my cousins loaded up with everything they needed, we ran a few more errands before heading back to the restaurant to drop everything off and eat some lunch.
After a leisurely afternoon, my aunt and I decided to check out the Expo. After doing way too much walking trying to figure out where to buy tickets (in the Train Station) and then getting through the airport like security, we were met with what might be the most crowded area I’ve every been to (worse than Times Square at Christmas). Just about every Pavillion had lines that looked to be about a 30 minutes to an hour wait and the food stands weren’t much better. We were able to check out two pavilions (Gabon in the Cocoa/Chocolate area and the Holy See) before finally wandering into the Italian Pavillion because we saw that they were giving out samples of Ligurian food. By that point it was almost 9pm and we were already dead on our feet so we checked out the Future Foods exhibit (which was just a large Co-op grocery store that you could buy things at and ship them to anywhere in the world) and then caught the bus back to the entrance. We managed to grab some food from a place serving street food from San Marino which was pretty tasty before jumping back on the train to Segrate. While I’m glad I went to the Expo, I’m really not sure if I would want to spend a whole day there since I have a feeling it would mostly be standing in lines, but I might be willing to give it another try at night now that I have a better idea of what to expect.
While the Expo might have been a bit disappointing, Sunday was anything but. After going to Mass, we all jumped in the car and headed to the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci for a wine tasting/show. We met up with a few other restaurant owners and the owner of the wine store that my cousins buy wine from for the restaurant. It was great going to an event like this with people who really know their wine. We were able to skip over all the not so great wines, and only try the ones that were really good. The event was set up by region and so it was interesting to see the differences between wines in each region of Italy.
After a morning of wine tasting, we were all ready for lunch and all went out to a seafood restaurant that specialized in both raw & cooked seafood. I started out with a rock lobster spaghetti which was delicious and then got a bit adventerous and tried raw shrimp and sea snails both of which were delicious.
We got back and had just enough time to pack our bags and get to bed early so we would be well rested for our next adventure! Next stop on our #ItalianSoiree2015 is Florence & Tuscany so be sure to keep an out for posts!