Renny Darling's

For the Man of All Seasons

A Country Italian Feast on Father's Day
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Peasant Bread, Tomato & Basil Salad, or
Scampi with Shallots, Garlic and Lemon, or
Antipasto Salad with Herbs & Cheese

Italian Focaccia with Gorgonzola, Raisins & Pine Nuts

Osso Bucco alla Milanese
Peas with Shallots and Parsley

Pink Risotto alla Milanese or
Lemon Rice with Tomatoes & Chives

Italian Tiramisù or
Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake or
Instant Tartuffo

Italian Amaretti Macaroons
Almond Biscotti with Lemon & Orange

Caffé Espresso or Granita di Caffé

Dad deserves "the best." Period. This is a wonderful informal dinner to celebrate his day. While it is certainly very appealing for youngsters and grown-ups alike, men seem to especially love these stout-hearted and robust dishes. They love to dip the crusty Italian bread into the delicious sauce and soak up the succulent gravy. And then, with gusto, they pick the meat off the veal shanks and scoop out every last morsel of marrow. The Focaccia is excellent, but you may want to purchase a few interesting crusty breads and rolls with a soft crumb to serve with this meal.

In addition, the dinner is a delight to prepare and very easy to serve. All the dishes can be prepared a day earlier, with the exception of the shrimp (which can be assembled earlier.) Have the shrimp ready, the sauce assembled and then broiling is just a matter of minutes. The veal shanks should be prepared a day earlier to allow the flavors to blend.

Many desserts to choose from. Tiramisù and Ricotta Cheesecake can be prepared a day earlier and refrigerated overnight. Tartuffo, Amaretti, Biscotti...all can be prepared days earlier.

Caffé Espresso is made with very finely ground Italian coffee, and is served in a demitasse or Espresso glass. In the absence of an Espresso coffee maker, you can purchase Instant Espresso in gourmet markets. Traditionally served with a twist of lemon peel, I very much prefer the addition of a dash of Kahlua and a dollup of whipped cream. On a hot night, serve the Granita.

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