So, Kevin’s been doing some work with the good folks at Easton’s Academy Art Museum, and was invited by Constance, one of the staff, to come over and look at some of her paintings – she had some questions about stretching and storing canvases, etc. Kevin extended the invitation to me…”her husband’s a chef and there’s going to be some really good snacks…”
What he didn’t say is that her husband is Rosario Del Nero, Senior VP and Executive Corporate Chef for Handy International, the oldest seafood processor in the United States. Here’s Rosario’s bio, according to a notice on PRNewsWire: whoa!
“Rosario was born in Italy and has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in the culinary arts that includes owning his own restaurant – the Apple Orchard Restaurant in Ipswich, MA (recipient of one of Boston Magazine’s Super Food Awards in 1987); teaching regional French and Italian cuisines at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, MA; and working with such outstanding companies as Bertucci’s, Naked Fish, High Liner Foods, Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta/Buitoni USA and most recently, Nestle’s R & D Center. Rosario has co-authored magazine articles and a cookbook with his wife, Constance. This last, “Risotto: A Taste of Milan,” was hailed as a “star” by the New York Times. Rosario has made over a dozen television appearances on such shows as The Phantom Gourmet, Fox Morning News, Today in Atlanta, Good Morning America, and NBC News at Five, Chicago.”
And it wasn’t “snacks”. It was a multi-course supper!
Mushroom ravioli with roasted garlic cream, cheese tortellini with spinach and crushed tomatoes, and the lighted, fluffiest spinach gnocchi I’ve ever had. I can’t stop thinking about it, actually. Followed by a crunchy salad and bread. And a homemade fruity gelato with strawberries and raspberries.
…with terrific conversation in their beautiful funky-architectural home in Easton with their charming son, Jeremy.
There’s only one thing to say about all that.
And thank you, new friends!