Ecco cosa dicono della ns terra: With foodie travel on the rise, Puglia (“Apulia” to the English-speaking set) is going to become a household name. In the heel of Italy’s boot, the Mediterranean diet takes one of its purest and most delicious forms:food (think olive oil, artichokes, and salami) is locally sourced, restaurants are quaint yet high-quality, and you can sleep in a converted farmhouse… did we mention most of this happens beachside?
A real family home with the comforts of a luxury hotel.
This group of buildings spans over 500 years and a stay here is your chance to live the many layers of history in the strikingly beautiful region of Apulia.
Enjoy the video and welcome home …
Video by Emilio Scoti emilioscoti.com
Music: On the sentimental side – Billie Holiday
We stayed at Il Frantoio near Ostuni while on our visit to Puglia. Frantoio means olive press or crusher. The beautiful agriturismo is set in an old country farm surrounded by centuries old olive trees. The rooms and common areas are delightfully decorated and very comfortable.
While the setting is absolutely stunning, the star of the show is the food. Everything served in the restaurant is grown and produced on the organic farm or picked wild in season. We went to Il Frantoio before I started the blog, so I don’t have photos of the food, which is a crying shame, because it was some of the most delicious and well presented food I have tasted and seen. Fortunately their website has great photos. You can tell that everything is grown with pride and love and the staff were delighted to serve our food and tell us about its journey to the…
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from italy last week. sorry. now that i’m home and have internet access, here are some highlights.
a year ago, our friends randall and teresa bought a masseria – a walled italian farm house – called villa pizzorusso. the new part of the house (the two-story part) was built in the 18th century, the old in the 15th. the house wasn’t quite a ruin when they bought it, but nearly, and they’ve been working with a local architect to both restore and update it in the most beautiful way. teresa, who is originally from the area, has exquisite taste.
the house (with a large, walled garden, gorgeous pool and orangerie) sits in a field surrounded by miles of olive groves in the province of brindisi in the region of puglia — the south eastern tip of the italian peninsula – the “heel” of the “boot.” it’s an agricultural region…
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Nella campagna ostunese, circondata da 72 ettari di oliveto biologico vi è la Masseria Il Frantoio dove, insieme con figli e nipoti, abitano Armando e sua moglie Rosalba. Cura del dettaglio, ospitalità e prodotti biologici provenienti della loro azienda agricola sono i punti di forza su cui si basa l’attività lavorativa.
Ci hanno aperto le porte alla loro masseria e raccontato con passione e garbo la loro esperienza nell’ospitalità turistica. Armando – spiega – la masseria ottocentesca dispone di camere d’epoca, di due giardini dai freschi profumi che seducono l’ospite in un dolce e vivificante far niente, notevole è il frantoio ipogeo risalente al cinquecento, unico per dimensione e stato di conservazione. Ambienti in comune sono a disposizione per gli ospiti e la biblioteca che con i suoi 1500 volumi, testimonia l’amore per la lettura ed i tanti interessi di chi ha abitato la casa nei secoli precedenti.
Il regno della moglie
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Well I’ve been home from Puglia for a few weeks now and the trip details are starting to blur a bit, but a few moments (and meals) still stand out.
Cycling along the coast, and I mean right along the coast was delicious. Quiet roads with the sea just a few yards away, fresh fresh air, and the occasional driver seemed far more interested in getting home for lunch than in aggravating or endangering cyclists. Quite a change from my usual experiences with city riding!
Then there was the day we had lunch at Masseria Il Frantoio. We didn’t stay here beyond the meal, but I sure didn’t want to leave! so pretty (and gooooood!)
I mean, sometimes the presentation is everything and sometimes the food trumps all, but the lunch we had this day was beautiful and delicious!
This was “Cicorielle selvatiche assise in cesto di pecorino”, which…
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