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An Italian Grigliata

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You may be wondering what is a lasagna tray doing at an Italian Barbecue?!? At an Italian grigliata (barbecue), you will surely find plenty of delicious meat. Minus the sauce. They don’t smother their meat in sweet sauces usually as we do in the States. There is usually a wonderfully light sauce based on olive oil and fresh herbs.


Perfect to dunk your fresh bread in.But there is always lasagne. At least at a barbecue that Teresa has is involved in;).
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My husband’s nonna was taking a break in the shade. She worked hard cooking with her daughter (my mother-in-law Teresa)for the feast. They made a lasagne and baked some desserts.
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Even Italian cats get to enjoy homemade lasagne.

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Tender and sweet grilled eggplant and stuffed tomatoes were part of the contorni (side dishes).

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Zio Giovanni’s pears were almost ready to sample.


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The family reunited for a day of eating.


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Yep. That’s me on the right. Chilling after drinking a little too much homemade vino. Little Luca took that photo. I’m relaxing and enjoying every moment.

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I'm back home and will catch you all up on some more deliciousness from Italy in the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by!:)

32 comments

  1. Will the family adopt me? I promise to be a good cleaner-upper. I wouldn't even dare cook in a family that can serve up an awesome feast like this. I won't eat much, promise....wait, I take that last part back.

    Welcome back, Lora!

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    1. Thanks Jean and yes...there is always room for one more "kid";)

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  2. What a beautiful family!!
    That kitty enjoy lasagne.. cute...
    I am glad you enjoyed ur trip, looking forward to deliciousness from ur kitchen!!

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  3. it's good to have you back, I can't wait to hear about your trip!

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    1. Thanks Dennis. It's nice to be home:)

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  4. Looks relaxing. Do you have vacation blues now? I would have after all that great food, family and setting. Welcome back :)

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    1. So relaxing and yes, some blue days missing Italia:)Thank you Ilke:)

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  5. Looks so nice, and the cat eating lasagna is funny.

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  6. Oh how I love Italy. Thanks for reminding me. It's been a few years since I last went. Looking forward to more on Italy...

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  7. I am so insanely jealous but also insanely happy for you.

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  8. What a feast, I love the cat eating the lasagne! I agree with Jean, I want to be adopted too :).

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    1. There is always room for one more "kid":)

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  9. You are truly blessed as are they for including you in their family.

    Loved the photos and I learned some new words!

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  10. The lasagna looks super delicious!

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  11. Mmmm, I like the sounds of Italian bbq. I much prefer my meats without too much sauce or with a dry rub.

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  12. so good to see you back, my friend! you were definitely missed, so next time I should just go with you, I suppose.

    that homemade lasagna looks amazing, really. the photo of the cat's lasagna. I can just tell it is amazing.

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    1. Hi Kristina-It was the only photo with some details of the inside. The noodles were homemade. One lucky gatto and yes, do come with us:)

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  13. aww I love it! Reminds me of my family in Croatia!

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    1. Hi Elvira. I am happy it reminds you of your family there. One day I'd love to visit Croatia:)

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  14. Welcome back, Lora! looks like you had a fabulous time! Love the pictures, they truly capture the essence of your trip.

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  15. Loving your trip write up. I sure love BBQs, since there will always be a variety of grilled meat.. LOL.. however, I am sure everyone can make room for a cheesy Lasagna.. I know I can. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Joanna:) I did make room. I actually only ate a big plate of the lasagna and the side dishes;)

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  16. I want to know more about those stuffed tomatoes.......oh my!

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  17. That looks like a perfect family gathering. All the foods look delicious! My mouth is watering, just thinking about the lasagne. (Recipe? please?) :)

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  18. I loved hearing about how many Italians 'do' a backyard BBQ. The part about the lasagna made me think of the huge pan of lasagna on an Italian Thanksgiving table. Turkey with all the fixin's, and the lasagna. It's almost sacrilege without it :) Awesome photos, and you look so cute lounging in that chair after too much wine! I want to pinch your cheeks! xoxo

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  19. I knew it wouldn't be long before you swept us to Italy! Amazing food, family and adventures. xoxo

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  20. This is my idea of the perfect BBQ... since I don't eat meat. :-) I love all those sides I'm seeing on the table. Looks fabulous!

    Glad you had such an amazing time in Italy

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  21. An Italian BBQ sounds wonderful! I am so happy I came across your blog. Great recipes and great photos! Can't wait to subscribe and see what you come up with next!

    Would love for you to stop by my blog sometime! New blog friends are the best :)

    http://sugarlyeverafter.blogspot.com/

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  22. Welcome back though I don't know how you can tear yourself away from such a beautiful vacation each summer in such a beautiful place.

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  23. sounds perfect... i miss the Italian gatherings!!!

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  24. I so enjoy your lovely photos of Italy…such beautiful places, food and family gatherings!! Glad you’re home safe!

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