Penne with fresh tomato sauce shares a plate with fettuccine al funghi
You gotta love the Italians: if one pasta with a fabulous sauce is good, then two of 'em must be better! I always love watching people new to "The Cortona Experience" as they realize the heaping pile of pasta they have just been served is going to be followed by a second one of a different shape and sauce -- they just can't quite believe it. This happens often at special dinners at Tonino's -- and I'm glad it does! There are never enough days for me in my limited trips here to try every combination I fancy, so I always do my best to join the "clean plate club". Not only is my tongue quite happy with the experience, but it is a lot of fun to try to decide which I like better ("I think definitely this fresh tomato sauce . . . no -- wait, this fresh fettuccine with the subtle hint of mushrooms . . . how DO they make it so creamy without tasting too heavy? . . . Hmmm, maybe I like the simplicity of the tomato sauce against the al dente of the penne. . .") My mind argues with itself as my taste buds dance with delight.
Formerly Partner in a fundraising firm, a graduate of the University of Georgia, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and graduate work in journalism/ advertising, Del has been a an artist all her life, but since selling the firm, she is focused on art. Born and raised in the Appalachian foothills, she surprised her father at age 3 when she drew him an easily-recognizable horse. As a girl she exhibited at the inaugural Powers Crossroads Country Fair & Art Festival, and was a mainstay at the Creative Arts Guild Firehouse Festival. Del spent a summer in Italy studying art with the University of Georgia Studies Abroad program in 1976. She attends painting workshops in Cortona, as well as the Ringing School of Arts workshop in WildAcres, NC. Her paintings have been exhibited in many festivals and galleries, most recently at the Chastain Art Gallery and the Creative Arts Guild. Her work resides in a number of private collections. Her style has developed over the years from a tighter, more realistic rendition during her early days as an illustrator, to her current more energetic and loose use of pigment. Her love of color, light and her subject continues to infuse her work.