We are back in Virginia after spending several days cooking, feasting, gabbing, laughing, and enjoying the merriment of the holidays with family. We had more food than we knew what to do with on Christmas, and shared Giorgio's polenta feast tradition on Santo Stefano. We had a great time, but we're tuckered out!
Interminable hours on the turnpikes and interstates sap it out of you, and we got back late after lengthy traffic jams, with headaches and sore bums. We learned a few things about modern American highway travel. First, we discovered that rest areas are very sporadically spaced and there is never one nearby when you really need it. A "small" coffee is now a full 16 ounces of liquid diuretic, not a good idea when you consider Point 1. We also learned to pack our own lunches, because when we did finally find a rest area there would be only junk food and fast food available. We were really pining for Autogrill, the famous roadside aree servizio along Italy's autostradas.
How great is Autogrill? Well, I wrote a little ode...
Pour On The Polenta!
Sarni - The "Other" Autogrills