Today we got to sleep in late. My roomie Kathy and I initially woke at 6:35 but then fell back asleep and made it all the way until 8:30! That’s a record for me (both the falling back asleep and sleeping so late.)
This morning we went to Fattoria di Petroio, a family-owned estate and farm that have been passed down for generations. The farming side is currently managed by Diana Lenzi, a just-27-year-old Italian-American who was formerly a chef in Rome. Her mother was born in the U.S. and her father is Italian.
At Fattoria di Petroio they produce olive oil and wine. The house and outbuildings — which comprised a small village at some point far back in time — are absolutely gorgeous, and include a chapel. The Lenzis will rent the five bedroom (sleeps 10), three bathroom villa with swimming pool for two-week periods. Fabulous, comfortable old home, fully furnished, great kitchen.
We enjoyed a wonderful tour of the estate and learned about their wine-making, then scarfed down a fantastic lunch that Diana prepared — salami, prosciutto, cheeses, frittata, olives, biscotti, crostini and plenty o’ wine.
I’m learning that I like the less-refined, basic, little more rough-around-the-edges Chianti Classicos as opposed to the riservas or super Tuscans. Not sure what that says about me! (Well, I suppose really I do know… !)
We returned to Locande le Piazze for a little afternoon R&R, the spent the afternoon wandering about Castellina in Chianti, the little hill town closest to Le Piazze. A very charming, not-so-touristy village.
After shopping a bit, we spent most of our time outside a little bar/cafe, where we dallied for a couple of hours over coffee, wine and crostini misto.
I then ate part of the largest calzone I’ve ever encountered (yes, it was yummy — no ricotta, just like I like my calzones) and finished the evening with dolce from the famous Antica Delizia gelateria. I had a three-way combo of pine nut, fig and sour cherry. No, they don’t match, but each was so very yummy! (Sorry, I got so excited and started eating it so quickly I forgot to take a photo.)
Tomorrow we spend the day in Siena, then have a farewell dinner here at Le Piazze. I’m nowhere near ready to leave Italy, but — and I can’t believe I’m about to admit this — I’ve nearly eaten myself to death. I’m not sure how much more I can take! I see a lot of simple soups, salads and such in my near future …