It’s back to school season (already!) and it’s important to note in this busy season that going back to school is a big shift for kids and parents. After adjusting to summer fun and travel, adjusting back to a rigid school and after-school activity schedule can make even the most prepared among us a bit stressed. Make sure to take the time to celebrate and relax with your family during this time. At Pinocchio’s, we know that nothing makes a whole family smile like authentic Italian cuisine to bring them all together.
A regular, weekly night set aside for a family dinner can help add some regular comfort to the back to school season. Between homework, after-school activities, and sports it’s all too easy to lose track of each other. Catch up over our delicious eggplant parmesan and the best breadsticks in Brighton, Colorado. By the time you finish up with one of our signature desserts the worries of your working and studying lives will seem much further away. Plus, you can take the stress out of your family dinner when you let Pinocchio’s clear the dishes!
Struggling to talk about something other than school and work? For a change in topic of dinner conversation, here are a few things your family might not know about Italian cuisine:
1. Olive Oil: Every liter of olive oil is refined from at least seven liters of olives. It is such a nutritious and valuable commodity that it fueled the economy of the Roman Empire for hundreds of years. It’s good for heart and digestive health and can improve such cognitive functions like memory.
2. Lasagna: The origins of lasagna are much debated, but the dish probably first appeared in ancient Greece and is based on a word that translates to “pot” or “dish.” While filled layers of unleavened bread became instantly popular in the ancient world, lasagna as we know it today didn’t achieve its current form until the tomato was introduced to Italy in the late 1400’s.
3. Tiramisu: This familiar coffee-flavored dessert made from lady fingers (a type of sweet biscuit), egg yolks, and mascarpone cheese, is not all that old. It first appeared in cookbooks in the 1960s but legend notes that it was invented by a Grand Duke in the 17th century.
Dining together is a great way to catch up on family news and relax after a stressful week at work and school. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our table. Call today for reservation.
* Worried about heavy Italian food for your kids at the start of the new school season? Kids (and parents) love spaghetti, lasagna, and ravioli, but traditional pasta dishes are often full of gluten. Pinocchio’s re-imagining of these traditional recipes make no compromises on flavor and offer a healthy alternative your family will love. With kids going back to school it’s important to give them every opportunity to shine. Health of the body and the mind begins with a nutritious, low gluten diet. We hope you’ll let us help ensure that your young scholars are getting into the right study and eating habits this Fall.