This is intimidating. My wife is an accomplished home cook. We've been renting an apartment every March on the Via Giulia for a few years now. We've invited colleagues from the states to break bread with us but I've been reticent to invite a small group of locals over for dinner to express our gratitude.
What to buy, where to shop doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of my concern. Orchestrating a successful menu, start to finish, is a tough call. Wines? My guests will be Roman. After dinner? Our rental has a wonderful rooftop terrace. I would like to make things tasty up there so we can enjoy the view after the meal in the formal dining room.
I'm thinking this should be a Saturday/Sunday afternoon meal. I'm clearly out of my depth here but would appreciate all thoughts/comments/criticisms. I'm not afraid to fail but I would like advice on menu, wines, protocol and whatever else comes to mind.
Thanks in advance.