Our first breakfast in the yard of Oltre il Giardino was simply wonderful. Perfectly in sync with our accommodations, perfectly in tune with our expectations, and a perfect way to start a day of exploring and sightseeing. Nearby rose bushes were a riot of blooms, despite the very limited patches of earth to plant on. Other blooms like jasmine were also at their finest. The sun was out, the temperatures in the low 70’s and dry… it would rise to nearly 90F later in the day. Hotel breakfasts are our first fueling point, and considering we were in a hotel with just 6 rooms, we were very surprised by the buffet laid out for guests…
At each table, a platter of prosciutto, ham and two types of cheese was laid in the center. Eggs could be cooked to order if desired. There was a small but carefully selected buffet of other breakfast fare laid out in the living room.
You could start with slices of incredibly sweet melon and a few berries, perhaps a freshly baked croissant from a nearby bakery with butter and jam…
…tea or coffee, freshly squeezed oranage juice and proper plates and silverware made this elegant and yet unstuffy. The silver was old, and hallmarked, a detail that did not go unnoticed.
There were several types of pastries and pies and baked goods, fresh whole fruit or slices of melon or pineapple(?).
Balinese bamboo and net food covers were used on a side table to keep breads untouched by bugaboos (though we didn’t notice many bugaboos at all).
Cereals, dried fruit, muesli, yoghurt, etc. were laid out on another table. Rather than a hurried and noisy coffee shop atmosphere, we lulled about the patio and enjoyed several re-visits to the buffet, and in the right frame of mind, and with full stomachs, we plotted our day ahead… This breakfast was a another plus of Oltre il Giardino.