Buon giorno! My name is Carlo. Together with my Uncle Emilio, I run Al Forno, an Italian restaurant on High Street in Woodstone, Connecticut. Gigi Fitzgerald is our very good friend and most favorite person. She runs a gourmet diet catering service called Gigi’s Gourmet De-Lite. Me, I do not understand this dieting idea. In Italy, to lose weight, all we do is eat a little less and walk a little more. But Americans have their own way of doing things.
I am a little in love with Gigi, but she thinks I’m too young for her. That’s okay. I will woo her very slowly, and very romantically, and one day she will come around, I’m sure. Anything worth having is worth waiting for, no?
She is a very good cook even though she measures everything out so carefully and practically adds the olive oil with a medicine dropper. In that, too, I’m sure she’ll come around!
If you are ever in Woodstone, Emilio and I would love to treat you to dinner. Our Pasta Sauce Al Forno begins with a reduction of veal stock and takes days to make. It is magnifico! You must try it on our homemade gnocchi or ravioli. It is, how do you say, to die for?