Tuscan Style Dinner

June 17, 2015
tuscan style dinner

As we’ve gotten older it has gotten harder for my two best friends and I to find the time for all of us to get together. So when it does happen, it is always a very exciting occasion full of laughter, reminiscing, and catching up. This past weekend, I had my two oldest friends over for a tuscan style dinner.

tuscan style dinner tableI love Italian food–and I feel it is a style of food made for sharing. I wanted the dinner to feel relaxed and easy, but also wanted a festive mood to celebrate a chance for us to finally get together and catch up. The table was set simply for a small and intimate setting. These gorgeous sunflowers added a much needed pop of color to the table.

tuscan style dinner napkinsI dressed up the linen napkins a bit with a twine bow and a sprig of fresh rosemary. It kept the feel of the table rustic while adding a bit of a charming and whimsical touch.

tuscan style dinner appetizersWe started with bruschetta and a dipping olive oil to dunk the bread in. Rather than assembling them separately, I toasted half a baguette, sliced up the rest, and dumped it all into the same basket. It took up far less space and had more of a homestyle feel than painstakingly assembling the bruschetta ahead of time.

tuscan style dinner peach lemonade

tuscan style dinner glass peach lemonadeI also made homemade peach lemonade to accompany our meal. The sweet, peachy flavor combined with the tartness of lemons is a completely addicting combination. And just look at that gorgeous color! I would make it again just for the sake of aesthetics–the fact that it is super tasty is just a plus!

tuscan style dinner chicken and penne

tuscan style dinner servingAs the main course, we enjoyed penne with bacon and a creamy fontinella sauce with tuscan grilled chicken. The original penne recipe calls for sliced chicken in the pasta, but I left it out since I opted for a different chicken dish. And let me tell you–this chicken is to die for. Juicy, flavorful, and bursting with flavor. All I can say is Ina Garten knows what she’s doing (especially when it comes to chicken!).

tuscan style dinner tiramisu

tuscan style dinner tiramisu top viewDessert wasn’t even a question–I had to make tiramisu. But I did go with a spin on the traditional dish by making raspberry tiramisu. Summer is the perfect time for berries so it would have been a crime not to sneak some into this meal somehow. The layers of raspberry, ladyfingers, and mascarpone cream came together in a satisfying but not overly sweet finish.

It was wonderful getting to share a meal with my two closest friends!


Tuscan Style Dinner Party Menu

Bruschetta & Dipping Olive Oil

Peach Lemonade

Bacon & Spinach Penne (left out the chicken)

Tuscan Lemon Chicken

Raspberry Tiramisu

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