We were lucky enough to be one of 100 bloggers taking part in the BritMums #PrezzoLaFamiglia challenge sponsored by Prezzo. The challenge was to celebrate the new La Famiglia sharing pasta bowl, actively encouraging family style dining and promoting the importance of eating together.
#PrezzoLaFamiglia- Family Dining at the Heart
What Family Dining Means to Us
Eating dinner together as a family is something I embrace. As a child I remember always sitting down together for dinner at the weekends, my mum made a point of it, and I am so glad that she did.
Modern living juggling work, school pick ups and after school clubs means that we personally only really get to sit down together at the weekends. I would love to be able to do it more, but the week days are just too busy.
It does mean we look forward to our family meals together. Even the fussiest amongst us (Isla), relishes it when we can all sit around the table and have what she calls a ‘help your selfie’ meal.
Today there are so many distractions, and so many obstacles to having a conversation and quality family time. Meal times together give us the opportunity to all sit down and focus on what’s important- each other! Clear of distractions, we can reflect on the day, and truly listen and absorb that perfectly ordinary but extraordinary moment that is sharing a meal with your family.
La Famiglia Style of Eating
So the new La Famiglia sharing pasta bowls at Prezzo sounded perfect for us. La Famiglia literally means ‘The Family’. They come in a choice of either Penne Arrabiata, Spaghetti Bolognese, Spaghetti Carbonara or Penne All Rusticana and are enough to feed up to four people.
Before we even got to the restaurant we had chosen Spaghetti Bolognese. Oliver’s all time favourite dish (he would literally eat it every day if he was allowed!), and a family favourite for all of us even my little fusspot Isla.
We went on a Friday night after school. It was so lovely to have a family meal together when ordinarily we wouldn’t have. As we already knew what we wanted, ordering and the arrival of the food was really quick. No bored hungry children whilst waiting for the food, and no need to get out the digital devices to entertain the kids!
Then the food arrived, a large bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese, and 2 large garlic piazza breads with balsamic onion and melted cheese. It looked and smelt divine!
We all got stuck in, I obviously helped the kids but they were keen to help themselves (and make a mess!) so we let them. They both tucked in straight away, no negotiating with me how much they had to eat. It was a joy to see them both so keen to eat, slurping up there pasta, and shovelling in forkfuls.
As we all sat greedily enjoying our meals, it occurred to me that we were all relaxed, happy and content.
Even though the portions were very generous, there wasn’t much left when we’d finished. That’s a great sign of a good family meal, full tummies and empty plates with spaghetti sauce stained smiles.
Regardless of how full we were, we weren’t going to get away without ordering ice cream. The kids had their favs, chocolate! and as you can see for the kids faces, they didn’t enjoy it at all!
We all had a really lovely meal, and it made me realise how much I enjoy eating with my family. I love seeing the kids enjoy their dinner, and savour our quality family time together.
We will definitely be visiting Prezzo again and trying the La Famiglia pasta sharing bowls again. Perhaps next time I can persuade the kids to try the Carbonara?
Do you get much time to dine as a family? Is it something you feel is important for family life? I’d love to hear from you.
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Disclaimer: This post is an entry for the BritMums #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge, sponsored by Prezzo.