Dinner at Ristorante Marina Grande

The wedding group

We arrived at Ristorante Marina Grande a bit early, but they were ready for us, placing us at a long table along one side of the restaurant, right next to the sea. Thankfully, it was a warm evening since we were dining al fresco.

Sharon and Dan peruse the menu

The centerpieces were unique

The table was elegant, but not overly lavish. Just right. Nichole’s orange bouquet added a spot of color to the simple white tablecloth. The attentive waiters served us wine and brought bread in small burlap sacks, kept fresh with drawstring tops.

How can a small hunk of bread look so elegant?

Dinner was indescribable. I won’t even try. I will let you see for yourself.

This lemon dessert made with Amalfi lemons was the bomb!

OK, now Im REALLY hungry!

Dan didnt like his much...

Andrea arrived in time to join us for dessert and plunked himself down near Tony and Gianni, the three of them gabbing away.

Andrea and Tony

But by now, everyone was getting tired

This momentous day was finally drawing to a close. It was getting late, and we were getting tired. It was time to return home. The bride and groom rode in the van with rest of us, Andrea at the wheel.  Tony and Nakita rode with Gianni in his Mercedes.

The van riders arrived back at the villa before Tony and the others. As we dragged ourselves up the steep steps, we realized that Tony had the key to get in. We would have to wait outside the green door for him to arrive.

Chris, part mountain goat

But Chris surprised us. In a flash he scaled the stone wall like a mountain goat and jumped down the other side, opening the door to let us in. So much for security. But we were grateful for his agility and clambered up the last flight of steps to the villa door.

The bride hikes up her dress to hike up the steps

Sadly, we all said goodnight. Tomorrow, we’d have to say goodbye.  In the morning, our little group was going separate ways.

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