Pasta alla Norcina recipe

Pasta alla Norcina recipe

Pasta alla Norcina is a typical Umbrian pasta dish. The name derives from the small village Norcia. Norcia is in the Sibillini mountains and famous for its sausages, cheeses and cold cuts. People here are quite proud of their local kitchen and rightly so! Umbria also produces the best DOP olive oil of Italy, they say. Tonight I’ve prepared Pasta alla Norcina which is very […]

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Holiday in Puglia and ristoro in Colfiorito, Umbria

Holiday in Puglia and ristoro in Colfiorito, Umbria

At the beginning of September I enjoyed a week’s holiday in Puglia. More precisely in the Gargano, the peninsula just above Italy’s heel in the north of Puglia. The spur of the boot, so to say. This is the province of Foggia where there also is the sanctuarium of Padre Pio. For me it was the first time I went to the south of Italy […]

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Easter in Umbria

Easter in Umbria

Easter is one of the most important holidays in Italy. A visit to Umbria during the Easter holidays is an event not to miss. Little towns and cities celebrate Easter with processions, religious rites, holy representations and folkloristic traditions. “La settimana santa” the holy week leading up to Easter Sunday marks several important events. On Palm Sunday branches of the olive trees are blessed in church […]

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Pasticceria GMB near Castiglione del Lago

Pasticceria GMB near Castiglione del Lago

I believe I mentioned this ‘heaven on earth for sweet tooths like me’ before. However this time I have made some pictures … the pictures make my mouth water, so maybe I (or at least my body) am lucky not living close to this pasticceria. Apart from the ideal coffee/tea break, you can also enjoy a decent lunch here. Pasticceria GMB Via Zona Industriale Pucciarelli […]

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Wild boar hunting.

Wild boar hunting.

Hunt for wild boar or wild hunt for boar? I’d say it is both! Some hunting days you feel like you have been transferred to a war zone. Loud Bangs, screaming, yelling, barking dogs and what have you. We went for a walk one afternoon and  hit upon the local hunting ‘squadra’. The hunting was done, guns locked away and the only thing left to […]

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Festa dell’olio nuovo in Tuoro

Festa dell’olio nuovo in Tuoro

Last weekend was party time in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, a small village near the house of my colleague. As normal with these village parties there were quite a few places where one could do some ‘liver maintenance’ or fill the stomach. We could choose from wild boar (pasta or wild boar stew, both very good), fish from the Trasimeno Lake, ‘fagioli con le cotiche’, that […]

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Truffle time in Citta di Castello.

Truffle time in Citta di Castello.

Every year Citta di Castello hosts a very agreeable truffle market. Besides all truffle products you can dream up, you’ll find lots of new olive oil to taste and buy, new wine, roasted chestnuts and a covered market with loads of regional Italian products (cheese from Trentino, very good salumi from Norcia, liquorice from the South etc.). As expected we gorged on freshly roasted chestnuts […]

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Foreign tomatoes in Italy……

Foreign tomatoes in Italy……

You want the real Italian experience so you drive, fly, or walk a long distance to the green heart of il bel paese. The sun is shining the bees are buzzing you rented your holiday home via villainumbria.com, all is fine. Travelling makes you hungry so off you go to find some ingredients for a tasty italian summer salad. You enter a supermarket grab some […]

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Gastronomia Andreani in Collepeppe

Gastronomia Andreani in Collepeppe

From Rebecca who writes the highly entertaining Brigolante blog I got the name of this place. For years they have been a gastronomia (delicatessen) but now they also run a little restaurant open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday. I love the sentence they have on their website: “se tu vieni, per esempio, tutti i pomeriggi alle quattro, dalle tre io comincerò ad essere felice” which translates […]

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Lunch in Bevagna

Lunch in Bevagna

Bevagna, for those in the unknown, is a pretty little village on the flood plain of the Topino river. Originally an Etruscan settlement it later became a Roman outpost called Mevania. I won’t give a guided tour here, just go you’ll love it and if old Italian marvels are not your thing and you are not interested in historic workshops, antique stores, theatre and nice […]

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