If you want to feel like a princess, why not have your reception at a castle? Luckily the ceremony was early enough that when we arrived, we could still enjoy a few hours of daylight around the castle’s grounds and pool. I’ve been to a few weddings where the reception took place in a beautiful location but because of the timing and it being so late, the guests didn’t even see the grounds. [Read part 1 of the Pugliese Wedding in Abruzzo]
The view from the terrace of Castel di Sette / Septe. At my back was the large pool which served as a great blue background for some family portraits I took before the light went away.
My favorite plate at the entire wedding – lovely bursting-to-full and creamy burrata and fresh ricottine, small ricotta.
A spread of mixed salumi, cold cuts and their accompanying cheeses.
And what did my antipasto plate look like at the end? Piled high full of stuffed calamari rings which were probably my favorite dish of the entire night, with creamy burrata, a torta salata – savoury torte with spinach, and lots more cheese and of course my beloved salame piccante – spicy salami.
More views of the seafood buffet at the reception.
I love it when the tables are already set for our arrival. These tables were set for the sit-down part of the dinner, which was away from the pool and its various appetizer and dessert buffets.
The two primi, pasta dishes for the sit-down portion of the dinner – did you really think the antipasto buffet was enough? On the left, pasta al ferro con codine di scampi, calamaretti, vongole veraci e punte di asparagi – pasta with scampi tails, calamari, clams and asparagus heads; and on the right, chitarrina di pasta fresca con polpa di astice e pomodorini mediterranei spadellati – fresh pasta with lobster and peeled tomatoes.
I don’t have a picture of the secondo, meat/fish course, which was spigola di lenza in crosta di sale – bass in a salt crust, which was actually a welcome, lighter dish than a meat-heavy dish that I would have probably had to leave. Waiters walked around with large dishes of any of the pasta dishes if you wanted seconds, thirds, or fourths. And some partook!
The dessert buffet was full of little desserts, much like the Sicilian wedding dessert buffet I was at a few years ago, and a lot of fresh fruit which was more welcome to me after eating so much before dessert.