My Italian mom recently introduced me to a new friend who took me to dinner tonight along with a group of rowdy, food-loving Italians to celebrate a birthday.
First we went out for drinks - I tried Prosecco, a white sparkling wine, for the first time. Then we walked over to a nearby restaurant for bruschetta - so much different than the "bruschetta" I have tried in the States before. There were so many different kinds to choose from...so as a group we ordered several different bruschettas to share. My favorite was topped with prosciutto crudo, mozzarella, and mushrooms, but they were all delicious. Afterwards, we had limoncellos, an Italian lemon liqueur (I preferred the Prosecco).
We were a group of 12, and although a few people spoke some English, I got quite a bit of Italian conversational practice, listening and picking up some vocabulary. I'm happy to find that I understand quite a bit, because of the language's similarity to Spanish, but I still have so much to learn, so I appreciate being able to meet so many locals to speak with.
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