Another day in paradise

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.

diana in the kitchen where she prepared our lunch

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… !)

another great italian lunch

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.

italian coffee, good and strong

that's one of our group -- my new friend cathy -- captured in the wine glass. very symbolic of this trip!

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 …

world's largest calzone

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About atarheeltastes

I'm a passionate foodie who started this "temporary" blog during a gustatory tour of Tuscany. I decided to continue, since I love to dream about, plan for, prepare, eat and write about food!
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One Response to Another day in paradise

  1. M.E. says:

    I’m gaining wieght just reading your adventures. What a FAB trip — I’d be envious if I didn’t love you! Mangia mangia while you can!

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