The first evening of our 2nd week in Sorrento, we walked to the Museo Correale of Terranova to see a performance of Italian opera and Neopolitan songs. This venue was a palace full of decorative arts and art collections. The performance was in a room that seated about 100 people. Most of the audience were English. The 2 vocalists and 3 instrumentalists were phenomenal! A huge sound in a room much smaller than an opera house!
Beautiful views before the concert near the museum.
Yes that is Mt Vesuvius!
Our host, Gino Coppola and his extended family invited us to lunch and a cooking lesson in their home.
Gino and his niece
One day we drove on our own to the Masa Lubrense region, took a walk to a small monastery up in the hills, and stopped for lunch at a tiny family cafe.
But first we returned to a tiny town, Marina Cantone, which we explored with Sorrento friends 25 years ago
Sfogliatella is a ruffle of layers filled with ricotta that’s sometimes lemon flavored. Sfogliatella means small thin leaves/layers as the pastry resembles stacked leaves.
Gino’s sister gave us lessons in making limoncello. This was one of the highlights of the trip!
The lessons in making limoncello were a 3 stage process.
2 liters 96% alcohol (This is grain alcohol in the USA, which you can’t buy it in Michigan, but you can in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Vodka is not a good substitute)
2 1/2 liters water
1 kg sugar (2.2 pounds) You can add an extra 1/4 pound if you like it sweeter
First pick the lemons when they still have a little green on the ends.
Then peel carefully only the yellow skin, not the white, and place in a large glass container.
Pour the 96% alcohol over the lemon and let sit a few days
Mix a syrup of sugar and water and heat until dissolved. Cool overnight. Pour into the lemon alcohol mix. Let sit a few days.
The lemon will become like leather.
Mix the limoncello with a wooden spoon. Line a funnel with rolled cotton. Collect your containers
With a ladle, pour the limoncello through the cotton and funnel into the glass bottle.
The completed limoncello ready to distribute!
Gino’s sister and her husband
We work well together!
Thank you Coppola Family!