Students from all levels of Italian joined the officers of the UW Italian Club on Friday to prepare a four-course meal together. On the menu was a caprese salad, pasta al pesto, duck breast in orange sauce (petto d'anatra all'arancia), and a mandarin sorbet. Everyone pitched in with shelling, peeling, slicing and boiling to get the dinner ready, speaking a mix of Italian and English and, of course, making a mess. The work was well-rewarded with three delicious courses, despite the unfortunate failure of the sorbet (which declined to freeze in time for consumption).
Ingredients for the pesto (made from parsley and pistachios) and the sorbet
Students socialize, prepare the caprese and pasta
Six plates of caprese salad!
UWIC officer Marisa hard at work preparing the pesto, while former UW Italian student Mara McNiff boils two pots of pasta for everyone
UWIC officer Nick fries the duck breasts in orange and cinnamon sauce
Pasta for sixteen people!
Let the feast begin