Thursday, May 31 at 7pm

Tuscany in Words, Wine & Food

Christina Lynch, author of the new novel The Italian Party, will host a reading, signing and dinner at Vico as part of her nationwide tour. Christina and Vico chef-owner Mark Ganem spent many years together immersed in Italian culture. These are the results!

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Tonight’s Menu

Tonight we go back to our roots, celebrating the cuisine of Tuscany inspired by Christina Lynch’s novel, The Italian Party. Like the plot of the novel, this menu has plenty of unexpected twists…

Prix Fixe, $35


Fettunta An assortment of garlic toasts: shiitake mushrooms “trifolati,” canellini bean paste, pepperonata and fresh tomatoes & basil.

Served with Valdo prosecco brut (NV)

Primi e Secondi

Choice of:

Arista di Maiale A take on one of Chris’s and my favorites from our time in Italy: Heritage Berkshire bone-in pork chop stuffed with Gruyere and Dijon mustard, and finished with beurre rouge. Sounds French? That’s because according to our dear friend Maura Nobili, all French cuisine is based on Catherine de’ Medici’s recipes!

Pappardelle allo Sceriffo Another favorite of ours, the Sheriff’s pasta: House-made pappardelle in a hearty ragu of our own sweet Italian sausage, tomato, and roasted eggplant.

Branzino in Acqua Pazza Yes, Tuscany has a seacoast! European sea bass roasted in “crazy water” of grappa, tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms and cavolo nero.

Pappardelle al Telefono A specialty of the famed Milan restaurant Da Bice, this probably wasn’t around in the 1950s, but it has become an indelible memory of our shared Italian experience. House-made egg pasta in a rich tomato-mozzarella cheese sauce that makes “telephone cords” (remember those?) to your fork as you eat.

Pollo Toscano Simple roasted or grilled meats are at the heart of Tuscan cuisine. Our take: A grilled half chicken over garlic mashed potatoes with olives and gravy.

Lasagne al Cinghiale Our dog, Max, would bristle and growl at a taxidermied wild boar that guarded one of San Gimignano’s famed salumerie. Here, the beast is tamed with ragù , bechamel and house-made pasta.

Recommended wine: Chianti Classico DOCG Castello d’Albola 2014, bottle 36; glass 12


Tiramisù Sticklers may point out that Tiramisu was invented in the 1960s, after the time frame of the novel. But sticklers don’t get dessert!

We’re happy to make substitutions, though some may incur a surcharge. Please consult with your server.

Waiting List

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A former Milan correspondent for W and Women’s Wear Daily, she has written on staff for television shows such as The Dead Zone, Encore! Encore!, Unhappily Ever After and Wildfire.

A devoted educator, she has taught television writing for UCLA Extension, and is a full-time tenure track Professor of English at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where she is also the faculty advisor for the literary magazine.

Critical Praise for The Italian Party

Publisher's Weekly

“In Lynch’s perceptive debut, set in 1956, Michael and Scottie Messina are a glamorous young American couple who have arrived in Siena, Italy… The story plays like a confectionary Hollywood romance with some deeper notes reminiscent of John le Carré and Henry James. Scottie is a resilient main character who might have been played by Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn in a 1950s movie adaptation of this entertainingly subversive take on that seemingly innocent period.”

—Publishers Weekly

Library Journal

“In her gracefully written debut, as effervescent as spumante, Lynch dramatizes the allure and power of secrets – in politics and in marriage – while depicting with sly humor the collision between the American do-gooder naïveté and Italian culture. Italophiles and anyone interested in spying and the expat experience will love the spot-on social commentary.”

―Library Journal (Starred Review)

Patricia Hampl

“Christina Lynch has accomplished a rare American literary feat with this captivating novel whose keen political edge and historical resonance feel very timely. Her grasp of mid-century Cold War culture, of sexual identity, the world of personal secrecy and intimacy, trust and betrayal, naive patriotism and profound national identity, are swirled into a page-turner that is both a genuine romance and a thoughtful spy story.”

―Patricia Hampl, author of The Florist’s Daughter

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