On Monday evening, I had the extreme pleasure of going to Assaggio Ristorante in Seattle for a dinner I had bought at the Explorer West auction last year. The very charming Proprietor, Mauro Golmarvi, was doing a personal cooking demonstration for the parents who "bought in". I’m "the cook" in our household so this means that my husband and kids were going to have frozen pizza for dinner (they love the stuff)…it also allowed my husband to do something he’s been waiting to ever since we moved into our current home: cut a hole in the kitchen wall.
Our home was built in 1928 and the kitchen is a bit closed off. We’ve discussed opening up the wall between the kitchen and dining room, which would be a nice improvement and allow the cook (me) to be more social when we have guest. My thoughts were to wait until we could get the entire job done, see what pipes are behind the wall (yeah, that’s a sink in the photo; there’s bound to be some plumbing)…and to not have the house messed up during the holidays. Armed with a steak knife, my dear husband went to work on opening up the kitchen wall. What did he find? Pipes! His earlier thoughts that we could either move a single pipe or, if it looked decent, we could leave it exposed…this is not going to work!
When I returned home from my delightful dinner, I was quite surprised to find a large picture (that was hanging elsewhere) over the sink covering the newly exposed pipes.
I love my husband.
By the way, I highly recommend Assiaggo Ristorante and their cookbook, Mauro’s Passion. If you have a group function…consider booking Mauro at the restaurant for a private cooking lesson. The restaurant is beautiful with frescoes on the ceiling and Mauro makes you feel at home. The food is outstanding and Mauro is a wonderful host.