Ferragosto is the culmination of summer in Italy, celebrated on the 15th of August with a festival or feast everywhere you turn from Rome to the Adriatic sea and every tiny village or backyard in between! It's a day to gather & eat with friends and family, soaking in the sun as barbeques are ablaze, copper cauldrons bubble with polenta and every pool's max capacity is stressed to its limits, not a single empty sunbed in sight.
For years we have hosted huge ferragosto feasts for Italians and our guests with a whole porchetta and panzanella party, polenta over an open fire, a four course farm feast and even a pizza party for groups of 30-100 hungry locals! It's always an insanely chaotic opera of sorts: sun, food, fun, drinks, a bit of drama, merry music, a game of scopa and more food of course, followed by caffe' (you see it lasts all day)... But no matter how exhausted you are at the end of the day (see final photo below) it's worth it because everyone had a great day and left full & happy!
This year we decided to take it off and enjoy the day at Dr. Gaggi's for lunch - so, Buon Ferragosto! - we're on our way to lunch!
A look back at Ferragosto at our farmhouse from years past....
And the tired Chef at the end of the day...asleep on the kitchen table with a half a porchetta at his fingertips!