How could I not go back to Case Vecchie for the 25th Anniversary of the Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School? It wasn’t going to be easy. I was on the island of Procida for a sailing trip. I had to jump ship and take a ferry to Napoli, a shuttle to the airport, a plane to Palermo and a train to Valledomo to be picked up for the last leg to Vallelunga and Anna’s beloved Regaleali, her family’s estate in the very heart of Sicily. Anna died in 2010, and her daughter, Fabrizia Lanza has taken on her role of promoting all things delightful in Sicily- food, festivals, wine, and brought them all together in her own way.
A late summer night greeted me with a warm breeze and a full Sicilian orange-tinted moon. Even though it had taken me seven hours to arrive door to door, I was delighted to walk into the courtyard and find a table of other happy travelers waiting for me. Soon a warm dish of eggplant timballo arrived and a lovely glass of Regaleali bianco. I was glad to have made the journey. After all, we had something important to celebrate.