Flavor of Abruzzo

Flavor of Italy Food Vacations – AbruzzoATRI is an ancient mountain town in the heart of the Abruzzo region boasting a breathtaking view of the Gran Sasso and Maiella mountains and the nearby Adriatic Sea. The town dates back to the third century B.C. with many wonderful treasures of art and history and one cannot help but be overwhelmed by Atri’s charm as you wander through its narrow streets.

The Persiani Estate is situated in the hilly areas around Atri and covers an area of over 30 hectares, of which eighteen are dedicated to an olive grove of about ten thousand trees. The estate uses biological farming techniques and produces an internationally award-winning olive oil that you will have the opportunity to taste and, if you wish, to purchase. You will also see how this fine Italian olive oil is produced using the cold press technique.

The Villa on the family estate is beautifully furnished with the family’s antiques and art work and provides a perfect setting in which to learn to prepare dishes from the Abruzzo cuisine.

A Flavor of Abruzzo Cuisine

Flavor of Italy Food Vacations – AbruzzoLa cucina Abruzzese is strongly tied to the land in which it is produced and offers a rich variety of dishes reflecting a gastronomical tradition that is based on simple ingredients rich in fantasy. It is a rich Mediterranean cuisine which relies heavily on local production of excellent olive oils, spices and flavorings such as saffron or tartufo. Typical pasta dishes include maccheroni alla chitarra, alla molinara or farro (a grain common to the region similar to spelt) with an Abbruzzese ragù or a local seafood sauce. Second courses are often lamb and pork, or the renowned brodetto, a seafood stew prepared with fresh fish from the nearby Adriatic Sea. Side dishes of broccoli, artichokes, beans and potatoes are prepared in a myriad of delicious ways.

Abruzzo has for centuries been the land of shepherds and therefore dedicated to agricultural and farming activity. There is an abundance of wonderful varieties of salami and sheep cheeses: ricotta and cacio marcetto as well as aged pecorino, spicy pecorino and pecorino preserved in olive oil. In the many olive oil mills in the region you will find excellent olive oils produced which enhance the variety of regional dishes available.

Flavor of Italy Food Vacations – AbruzzoAtri is famous for the Abbruzzese dessert Pan Ducale, a yellow cake filled with fresh ricotta cheese and chocolate bits, or, alternatively, filled with a pistacchio cream, dark chocolate and almond slivers.

These traditional dishes are served accompanied by fine wines of the Abbruzzo region including the red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and the white Trebbiano d’Abruzzo.

A Flavor of Your Food Holiday in Abruzzo

Five mornings during the week you will learn to prepare traditional Abruzzese dishes and then sit down to enjoy your meal in the lovely dining room in the Persiani villa. Your afternoons are free to explore the town of Atri, its museums, lovely churches and historic locations.

During the week we will visit a local wine producer for a wine tasting, we’ll visit the fish and vegetable markets in a neighboring Adriatic coastal town and visit a cheese producer in the hills surrounding Atri.

One evening we will dine in the Trattoria Alla Corte, in the historic center of Atri. This charming restaurant location was originally a convent and dates back to the 14th century.

Flavor of Italy Food Vacations – Abruzzo

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  • 6 nights double room accommodation & breakfast
  • 5 cooking classes
  • 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Course certificate, recipe booklet & commemorative hand-painted Vietri ceramic plate


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