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NEAPOLITAN DINNER FOR ST. JOSEPH'S DAY!


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Cuisine
  • Italian (Specifically From Naples Italy)
Preferences
  • Pescatarian
Alcohol
  • BYOB but will provide some
ABOUT THIS MEAL

hi wonderful Meal Sharers! Just a quick note that I have to take a bit of a break from hosting. My work life has been overwhelmingly busy and right now I don't have the time to host. However, I will be back. :) If you are interested in this St Joseph's meal share of mine, send me a message … while I'm not able to host at the moment, I will let you remember to let you know just as soon as I'm able. Looking forward to mealsharing with you all! Best, Rita

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La Festa di San Giuseppe Neapolitan (Italian) dinner!

Celebrate St. Joseph’s day (again!) with authentic Italian food that is typically made in Naples, Italy! (where my family is from) (St. Joseph's Day was March 19, but we'll re-live the celebration on this upcoming date!)

Different Italian regions celebrate St. Joseph’s day differently -- in Naples the star of the show is a sweet donut called “zeppole”. Zeppole are made on St. Joseph’s day and there are many different variations of zeppole; I’ll be following my family’s zeppole recipe to make us soft, yeast-based donuts from scratch. They are completely addicting … trust me, you’ll want more than one!

Before we enjoy sweets, I’ll serve hand made pasta mixed with garlic infused, slow cooked tomato sauce topped with bread crumbs. (Every year my mother cans fresh tomatoes -- I’ll be using her canned tomatoes to make us a delish home made sauce.) Then, we’ll enjoy some fish fritto misto with crispy (breaded) thick-cut eggplant.

And, to really get us in the Italian spirit, I have a deck of Italian cards and would be delighted to teach any adventurous guests how to play a card game called Scopa. Scopa is a fun & very popular (easy to learn) card game played throughout Italy.

ON THE MENU

Fresh Pasta - Fusilli or Orecchiette (tbd)

Hand made pasta mixed with garlic-onion infused, slow cooked tomato sauce and topped with some bread crumbs (the bread crumbs are symbolic of St. Joseph) & freshly grated parmeggiano. In case you are wondering what the difference is between my hand made fusilli & orecchiette… orecchiette look like little hats or ears and fusilli look kind-of like long macaroni. (scan through the pics above to get an idea…) We'll see which shape we are inspired to make that day!

Fish - Fritto Misto

Breaded and lightly fried variety of fish (some shrimp, calamari rings & other fish) with wedges of lemon on the side

Veg - Eggplant

Breaded and lightly fried, thick-cut eggplant rounds

Neapolitan Donuts - Zeppole

Soft, yeast-based donuts we make from scratch and sprinkle with vanilla sugar

HOSTING STYLE

Eat With Guests

THE SPACE

I live in a cozy and light-filled soft loft and I’ll have some popular Italian music playing in the background for us.

ATMOSPHERE

My awesome boyfriend will likely be there to join in on the fun.

Amenities

Air Conditioning
Pets In House
Elevator In Building
Handicap Accessible
Free Street Parking
Accessible Via Public Transit
Smoking Allowed Outside
Heating

About the host, Rita Message Host

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I love to cook! I love to dance … I enjoy international films (particularly Italian films)… I enjoy knitti...

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73 Reviews 

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Lena
It was so nice to learn how to make this pasta. It was much more work that I expected - and now I have so much respect for Rita! She is a great cook! Also I missed the Seafoot this time, I rember how great it was from the last time. Rita is a fantastic host, always full of funny stories about the food!

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Hanne
Finally I made it to Rita, it was for a loooonng time on my list. I heard so great thinks about her cooking that I just had to experience it myself. What can I say, I had a wonderful afternoon and evening, Rita is an amazing host. She had brie with fig jam and blueberry jam with lavender, I loved both of them. The whole afternoon we made Italien noodles and it was a ton of fun. Standing around the kitchen island, chatting with all the other guests and learning this great art of noodle making. She had already prepared a outstanding tomato sauce in advance and combined it with the fresh made pasta. A huge bowl, but it was so delicious that we emptied it out in no time. The fried egg plant and the fish she served where a delight by themselves. I got a bag of sweets Neapolitan Donuts - Zeppole for Teo, as he could not come to the meal. They must be very good because they where gone in under 5 minutes. I hope to attend a meal at Ritas very soon again

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Casey
I had such a great time at Rita's Neapolitan Dinner. Learning how to make all the dishes and cooking together with everyone was so much fun and that food was incredible! It was a wonderful way to spend the evening in the company of some delightful people.

$18 per guest

$16 per guest

Date
Guests
Personal Message (Customizable)
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LOCATION

Near South Side, Chicago (Address released upon joining)


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