An Italian Grigliata

by cakeduchess on July 15, 2012 · 35 comments

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You may be wondering what is a lasagna tray doing at an Italian Barbecue?!? At an Italian grigliata (barbecue), you will surely find plenty of delicious meat. Minus the sauce. They don’t smother their meat in sweet sauces usually as we do in the States. There is usually a wonderfully light sauce based on olive oil and fresh herbs.


Perfect to dunk your fresh bread in.But there is always lasagne. At least at a barbecue that Teresa has is involved in;).
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My husband’s nonna was taking a break in the shade. She worked hard cooking with her daughter (my mother-in-law Teresa)for the feast. They made a lasagne and baked some desserts.
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Even Italian cats get to enjoy homemade lasagne.

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Tender and sweet grilled eggplant and stuffed tomatoes were part of the contorni (side dishes).

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Zio Giovanni’s pears were almost ready to sample.

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The family reunited for a day of eating.

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Yep. That’s me on the right. Chilling after drinking a little too much homemade vino. Little Luca took that photo. I’m relaxing and enjoying every moment.

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I’m back home and will catch you all up on some more deliciousness from Italy in the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by!:)

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Lemons and Anchovies July 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Will the family adopt me? I promise to be a good cleaner-upper. I wouldn’t even dare cook in a family that can serve up an awesome feast like this. I won’t eat much, promise….wait, I take that last part back.

Welcome back, Lora!

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Cake Duchess July 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Thanks Jean and yes…there is always room for one more “kid”;)

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Reem | SImply Reem July 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

What a beautiful family!!
That kitty enjoy lasagne.. cute…
I am glad you enjoyed ur trip, looking forward to deliciousness from ur kitchen!!

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Chef Dennis July 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

it’s good to have you back, I can’t wait to hear about your trip!

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Cake Duchess July 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Thanks Dennis. It’s nice to be home:)

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Ilke July 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Looks relaxing. Do you have vacation blues now? I would have after all that great food, family and setting. Welcome back :)

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Cake Duchess July 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

So relaxing and yes, some blue days missing Italia:)Thank you Ilke:)

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www.you-made-that.com July 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Looks so nice, and the cat eating lasagna is funny.

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Ellen B Cookery July 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Oh how I love Italy. Thanks for reminding me. It’s been a few years since I last went. Looking forward to more on Italy…

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Kim Bee July 16, 2012 at 3:48 am

I am so insanely jealous but also insanely happy for you.

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 16, 2012 at 4:42 am

What a feast, I love the cat eating the lasagne! I agree with Jean, I want to be adopted too :).

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Cake Duchess July 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

There is always room for one more “kid”:)

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Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef July 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

You are truly blessed as are they for including you in their family.

Loved the photos and I learned some new words!

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Winnie July 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

The lasagna looks super delicious!

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Carolyn July 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Mmmm, I like the sounds of Italian bbq. I much prefer my meats without too much sauce or with a dry rub.

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Kristina @ spabettie July 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

so good to see you back, my friend! you were definitely missed, so next time I should just go with you, I suppose.

that homemade lasagna looks amazing, really. the photo of the cat’s lasagna. I can just tell it is amazing.

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Cake Duchess July 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Hi Kristina-It was the only photo with some details of the inside. The noodles were homemade. One lucky gatto and yes, do come with us:)

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Elvira July 17, 2012 at 2:45 am

aww I love it! Reminds me of my family in Croatia!

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Cake Duchess July 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Hi Elvira. I am happy it reminds you of your family there. One day I’d love to visit Croatia:)

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Baker Street July 17, 2012 at 5:52 am

Welcome back, Lora! looks like you had a fabulous time! Love the pictures, they truly capture the essence of your trip.

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Cake Duchess July 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Thank you very much, An:)

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Chic & Gorgeous Treats July 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

Loving your trip write up. I sure love BBQs, since there will always be a variety of grilled meat.. LOL.. however, I am sure everyone can make room for a cheesy Lasagna.. I know I can. xoxo

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Cake Duchess July 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Joanna:) I did make room. I actually only ate a big plate of the lasagna and the side dishes;)

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Chic & Gorgeous Treats July 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

Loving your trip write up. I sure love BBQs, since there will always be a variety of grilled meat.. LOL.. however, I am sure everyone can make room for a cheesy Lasagna.. I know I can. xoxo

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Chic & Gorgeous Treats July 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

Loving your trip write up. I sure love BBQs, since there will always be a variety of grilled meat.. LOL.. however, I am sure everyone can make room for a cheesy Lasagna.. I know I can. xoxo

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Chic & Gorgeous Treats July 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

Loving your trip write up. I sure love BBQs, since there will always be a variety of grilled meat.. LOL.. however, I am sure everyone can make room for a cheesy Lasagna.. I know I can. xoxo

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Paula S In New Mexico July 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I want to know more about those stuffed tomatoes…….oh my!

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Kim Grey July 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

That looks like a perfect family gathering. All the foods look delicious! My mouth is watering, just thinking about the lasagne. (Recipe? please?) :)

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Lisa July 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

I loved hearing about how many Italians ‘do’ a backyard BBQ. The part about the lasagna made me think of the huge pan of lasagna on an Italian Thanksgiving table. Turkey with all the fixin’s, and the lasagna. It’s almost sacrilege without it :) Awesome photos, and you look so cute lounging in that chair after too much wine! I want to pinch your cheeks! xoxo

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Lizzy July 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

I knew it wouldn’t be long before you swept us to Italy! Amazing food, family and adventures. xoxo

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Brian @ A Thought For Food July 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

This is my idea of the perfect BBQ… since I don’t eat meat. :-) I love all those sides I’m seeing on the table. Looks fabulous!

Glad you had such an amazing time in Italy

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Sabrina Poehl July 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

An Italian BBQ sounds wonderful! I am so happy I came across your blog. Great recipes and great photos! Can’t wait to subscribe and see what you come up with next!

Would love for you to stop by my blog sometime! New blog friends are the best :)

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Paula July 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Welcome back though I don’t know how you can tear yourself away from such a beautiful vacation each summer in such a beautiful place.

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amelia from z tasty life July 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm

sounds perfect… i miss the Italian gatherings!!!

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Kathy July 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I so enjoy your lovely photos of Italy…such beautiful places, food and family gatherings!! Glad you’re home safe!

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