Extra-virgin olive oil of 2015 is now ready in Cortona, Tuscany and all over Italy. I am happy because this year’s production is great for everyone and also for me, because after a bad year lots of great olive oil is available again. For me it is a marvellous experience to harvest my olive trees, and to assist to all the processing of olives in a Cortona oil mill, and the emotion of the first drops of my extra-virgin olive oil coming down – the green gold of Tuscany. I could not wait to be home with my freshly-pressed olive oil to taste it on bruschetta with garlic, oh my…. I would love to share this experience with those who book my private olive oil tours in Cortona, Tuscany, a real tasting adventure following the various steps from fruit to olive oil. Oil mills are in function only in late fall, but it is possible to arrange visits and tastings any time of the year. Tuscany is famous for its pure and high quality olive oil, used almost in every dish of the old and new Italian cuisine: green, thick, peppery with a smooth and deep nose, is what you should not miss when visiting oil mills, joining cooking classes or dining at restaurants, be it on a simple bruschetta, pasta, meet or fresh salad. Take the chance to enjoy my guided olive oil tours & tastings in Cortona and elsewhere in Tuscany, to learn not only about the actual process but also the history of family-run oil mills. With its magic scenery of green hills covered by silvery olive groves, the green taste of organic and genuine olive oil, Tuscany will take you so much that you will surely love it.
Chestnut month in Tuscany – from beginning of October to beginning of November – is a perfect time to visit Tuscany and live another adventure with me. Chestnut is an autumn fruit that is used so much in Italian cuisine as flour to make fresh pasta, bread & dessert or just roasted. It used to be called poor people’s bread being the only flour available in Tuscany mountain areas, and was used also to make bread cookies & sweet products. Peculiar and strong taste and brown colour bring you back to times long past. You find lots of chestnut woods around Cortona, Florence, Siena, Grosseto, Prato & Pistoia, and on specific dates chestnuts are celebrated in small villages where you can taste them roasted or boiled accompanied by local homemade red wine. A beautiful experience to live through several traditional Tuscan products made with fresh & local ingredients, like in appetizers, fresh pasta, filet en croute, desserts – proudly made by old women, or Chefs in cooking classes in private villas, or to be found in restaurants everywhere in Tuscany.
My unique food tours will take you around Tuscany to discover places you have never been with ancient ways of producing amazing dishes with this simple but so good fruit. I want to share with you my love not only for the wines being a Certified Sommelier, but also for the infinite variety of food you may taste in my wine & food tours of Tuscany, Italy.
Bruschetta, risotto, pappardelle pasta, fillet & pizza – prepared with fresh porcini mushrooms – are some of the most interesting dishes that one can experience with my food tours & activities. Tuscany offers not only great wines, fabulous cured meats, fresh pasta, Chianina steak and lots of gorgeous destinations to visit, but is also famous for its fresh & huge-sized porcini mushrooms. Tradition in Tuscany is to get up early in the morning after days of rain and do a mushroom hunt on wooded hills. Experts never reveal to others the correct places where they find fresh mushrooms (only from Father to children or to really good friends); they often just come back with a basket full & sometimes only with a few Porcini mushrooms. The authentic cuisine of Tuscany & Italy is well known for its bruschetta, pasta, risotto, fillet with mushrooms, and most of all for fried Porcini, which one absolutely has to taste while visiting Tuscany. There are lots of types of mushrooms in Tuscany but the best & most tasty one is Mister Porcino, that Chefs & traditional cooks in restaurants, farmhouses, cooking classes, private villas prepare for tourists & visitors who come to live the Tuscan dream of Sun, Art, Wine & Food. I go crazy for pizza with fresh Porcini and Buffalo mozzarella, and fillet with fresh mushrooms, obviously paired with lots of wines from the region – trust me it is a must taste. Book one of my food tours and with my high quality services you will live a truly enjoyable experience!