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ITALY – the Beauty and the Feast

Italy - The Beauty and the Feast

To my friends and readers who love Italy as I do, I announce with great pleasure the publication of my newest book “ITALY – The Beauty and the Feast” along with a free shipping offer from Blurb.

“Has Italy captured your heart and your imagination? In this travel journal, Ginda Simpson captures the essence of the country, not through the usual highlights of a whirlwind tour of the peninsula, but through leisurely travels to the cities and countryside, often off the beaten path and during the quieter seasons. Festivals that ignite the imagination, banquets of tables laden with Italy’s abundant harvest, shepherds and farmers toiling their land, opera divas that sing in a way that almost breaks one heart – these are the experiences that inspired the title: Italy – the Beauty and the Feast. Ginda invites you to travel along with her. For your own planning purposes, she includes contact information for the various hotels, restaurants, and festivals mentioned in her stories. This is the sequel to her first collection of travel stories to be found in the book entitled: Italian Wanderlust.”

 

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Ristorante Armentum – food as celebration

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARistorante Armentum
Relais Tenuta Le Silve
Armenzano (Assisi)
http://www.tenutalesilve.com
info@tenutalesilve.com
075-801-9000

The restaurant at the Tenuta le Silve was named after the nearby hamlet of Armenzano whose inhabitants herded their sheep from the lower plains to the high grounds of Monte Subasio, outside of Assisi, where this restaurant is located. On this crisp autumn evening, flames dance over fragrant logs in the large stone camino, adding warmth and atmosphere to this lovely dining room, rescued from a structure where sheep once sheltered. The terracotta floors show the patina of the ages; the stone walls and wood-beamed ceiling whisper stories of the past. Skirting the tables are linens with needlework inserts reflecting the grace of by-gone times. The ceramic plates are individually painted by a Deruta artist. Every detail invites guests to sit back and savor the cuisine of Umbria.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChef Giorgio Valiani doesn’t simply cook. He celebrates – the flavors born of the land that surrounds us. The sheep cheeses and wild boar, the mushrooms and truffles, the fragrant herbs and wild berries… A delicate leek flan on a pool of creamed lentils from Castellucio or pastry filled with pecorino and porcini mushrooms? Which to choose? One of each. Assisi pork and truffles of the season make up the chef’s “white” ragu served over freshly made maltagliati – pasta that has been “poorly cut”. An extensive menu features OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwonderfully rich choices of wild boar, locally raised beef and veal specialties, and flavorful pork, but we resist and move on to dessert.

A wise decision on our part, as October is the month that Umbria celebrates EuroChocolate, a festival designed to please the most ardent chocolate lover. The specialty this evening is a rich concoction of Chantilly cream with crunchy pastry, topped with wild berries and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAa chocolate sauce. My daughter selects the chef’s soufflé made with dark bittersweet chocolate. Both desserts are sinfully delicious. When we confess this to our waitress, her response is “that in life we must perform acts of charity and indulge occasionally in sin. It is what makes us grow.” I like the way she thinks.

Read more about other lovely hotels and restaurants in Italy,  Rooms with a View and Italian Wanderlust, by clicking on their covers:

Rooms cover      italian wanderlust 2

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Relais Le Silve – a refuge on Monte Subasio

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARelais Tenuta Le Silve
Armenzano (Assisi)
http://www.tenutalesilve.com
info@tenutalesilve.com
075-801-9000

At 700 meters above sea level in the Mount Subasio Park, outside of Assisi, Relais Tenuta Le Silve offers a veritable refuge. Its 230 hectares of unspoiled, forested land is populated by deer, wild boar, cattle, horses, donkeys, foxes and a variety of bird life. There are 20 kilometers of hiking trails on the estate, making it the perfect place to enjoy Umbria “off the beaten path.”

I wake early this morning and walk the grounds to admire the magnificent panoramic views. A silver mist is pierced by shards of light, brightening the greens and burnishing the copper of the autumn colors that are beginning to appear. Nature has woven a blanket that envelops me in peace. Pax and Bonum – we are after all in the land of St. Francis. In fact, this ancient stone structure dates back to the time of St. Francis.

Marco, the current owner, has every right to be proud of this property, which his father discovered and purchased five decades ago and dedicated years to its careful restoration, transforming it from an abandoned ruin into the elegant inn it is today. The rooms are rustic, yet graceful in their simplicity. The views are magnificent. There are several sitting rooms where one can choose to hide away with a good book or wander outdoors to a quiet spot to sit with a glass of wine in hand. Hiking trails beckon one to explore, and when the weather is warm, it would be hard to resist a lazy afternoon by the pool. For those who wish to discover the treasures of Assisi, it is a slow yet scenic drive to the heart of the city.

The restaurant at the Tenuta le Silve was named after the nearby hamlet of Armenzano whose inhabitants herded their sheep from the lower plains to the high grounds of Monte Subasio. On this crisp autumn evening, flames dance over fragrant logs in the large stone camino, adding warmth and atmosphere to this lovely dining room, rescued from a structure where sheep once sheltered. The terracotta floors show the patina of the ages; the stone walls and wood-beamed ceiling whisper stories of the past. Skirting the tables are linens with needlework inserts reflecting the grace of by-gone times. The ceramic plates were hand-painted by a Deruta artist. Every detail invites guests to sit back and enjoy the cuisine of Umbria. Chef Giorgio Valiani doesn’t simply cook. He celebrates – the flavors born of the land that surrounds us. The sheep cheeses and wild boar, the mushrooms and truffles, the fragrant herbs and wild berries…

At Le Silve, the pace is slow and the environs magnificently beautiful – a perfect combination for savoring both the spiritual and natural heritage of Umbria.

Read more about other lovely hotels and restaurants in Italy,  Rooms with a View and Italian Wanderlust, by clicking on their covers:

Rooms cover      italian wanderlust 2

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Gnocchi from Heaven – at the Taverna dei Consoli

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATaverna dei Consoli
Via della Fortezza, 1
Piazza del Comune
Assisi
075-812-516
http://www.tavernadeiconsoli.it
info@tavernadeiconsoli.it
Owner: Maria Rosa Tiradossi

 

Taverna dei Consoli is a restaurant in the heart of Assisi that has been satisfying folks since 1936.  When Maria Rosa, the current owner, inherited the family ristorante founded by her maternal grandmother, she inherited more than a business – she took over the willingness to work hard and pursue with unrelenting passion, like her family before her, their  love for Umbria and its cuisine.  Her husband, Moreno, offers equal amounts of hard work and dedication.  He contributes an amicable presence in the dining room, seeing to his guests personally, proudly explaining the Umbrian specialties they serve and his part in creating some of them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe menu offers almost exclusively Umbrian cuisine, pure and simple.  One of the three exceptions is Moreno’s signature gnocchi made with gorgonzola – a non-Umbrian cheese – and local truffles.  We start with this dish.  These potato gnocchi are light and fluffy, the creamy sauce delicate and the added truffles, divine.  My daughter and I agree.  The gnocchi have simply fallen from the heavens onto our plates!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATagliata of tender beef with porcini mushrooms are accompanied by a tangy salad of fennel “slaw” with pecorino cheese and a bright radicchio salad with walnuts, pecorino and balsamic.  A perfect marriage, as they would say here in Italy. 

We shamefully indulge in a shared dessert of puff pastry with Chantilly cream and dark chocolate. The sunshine warms our shoulders on the outdoor terrace on this late October afternoon inviting us to linger.   As if good food were not enough OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAreason to choose this popular Assisi restaurant, its location is ideal.  Overlooking the Piazza del Comune, in the heart of the city, one gets a view of rooftops and balconies, potted geraniums and colorful flags.  No background music is necessary.  The murmur of voices and the trickling waters of the central fountain below are the only concert one needs to feel content.

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Owners:
Maria Rosa & Moreno

Read more about other lovely hotels and restaurants in Italy,  Rooms with a View and Italian Wanderlust, by clicking on their covers:

Rooms cover      italian wanderlust 2

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