26.06.2015 - 26.06.2015
"Wanna just stay here and nix the rest of our trip?" Matthew asked. "I don't know how anything can top this." The mountains are huge, the lake water sparkly and the villages quaint, nestled colorfully in the mountain nooks. Our first order of business was to appreciate our porch view, brush off the fuzz that had accumulated on my teeth, then go for a drink.
Good ole Rick! He never fails us as he directed just beyond the small tourist cluster here in Varenna. Hotel de Lac had a quiet outdoor bar on a covered veranda overlooking Lake Cuomo. It was just what we were looking for. While matthew marveled at the oleander that I mistook for a tree, I snuck-fed the swans.
You know you are in Italy when... a "small glass of wine" was actually regular size and only four Euro. That's less than a Coke.
When making our hotel reservation long ago, Albergo Milano also booked us a table at their Restaurante la Vista. The vistas were beautiful. We had the best seat in the house and gawked. m ordered one liter of the house white. once we did the math we realized if a reg bottle of wine is 750ml, and 1 liter = 1000 ml, that adds up to 1 and 1/4 bottle. we each ordered prix-fixe: L: Salted cod, Gargenelli and hare ragout, creme brulee trio. M: Perch ceviche, Oricchieti, lamb shank, and dessert wine with biscuits.
Wrapping up our three-hour meal and getting the "conto" M learned first hand about the "Coperto": six euro charge. it's for the dolce vita, sweetie. so, it turns out, we are the DeMatteises and we do pay cover charges.
word of the day: coperto (amount you pay to rent the table for a night)