A day at the agriturismo

26 July 2009 at 6:06 am 5 comments

Ciao Bloggisti!

Finally coming up for air after a pretty intense two months. The hubster was away on business which meant life was all work, kids and no play. So of course that meant no blogging. But now I’m on holiday in Canada and have a few free minutes to tell you about my lovely day in the country a couple months ago.

Those of you who live in Italy have probably heard of or visited an agriturismo. I mentioned our visit to a rustic agriturismo in Tuscany a couple of posts back. In my opinion, it is one of the best ways to experience Italy. An agriturismo (a combination of the words agricoltura and turismo) is a renovated farmhouse in a, more often than not, picturesque part of the country. Rooms are available to let and if you’re lucky it will have a restaurant with dishes featuring their very own fresh produce, just like at Cascina Caremma in the town of Besate, Lombardy. Located within the lovely Parco Ticino, Cascina Caremma prides itself on its particular attention towards local traditions, the environment and fine food. They are staunch believers in Kilometer Zero cuisine and serve specialities with ingredients that they have either raised or grown themselves. If you are lucky enough to get a reservation, be prepared for a set menu decided upon day by day, in order to guarantee the freshest, most seasonal dishes possible. Mmmm… I’m getting hungry just thinking about my meal. So without further ado, here are some pictures of my day at the agriturismo:


One of the old farm buildings that was renovated and now houses a modern, luxurious spa!

sweet red and yellow peppers
Roasted red and yellow peppers
crespelle
Crespelle (Italian crepes) stuffed with cheese and herbs
risotto with asparagus and tomatoes
risotto with asparagus and tomatoes
meringue mountain with hot chocolate sauce
meringue mountain with hot chocolate sauce

Pretty impressive stuff. And those were only a third of the dishes they served at lunch! We couldn’t even finish everything on the menu and to top it all off we were shocked at how affordable it was. Hmm, I wonder if they have anything similar to agriturismi in the Toronto area. Must find out! But for now, I’m more than happy with my beloved Tim Horton’s. And that, my friends, is another story….

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. joanne at frutto della passione  |  26 July 2009 at 9:56 am

    Hurray for vacations. It all looks great. Do you love me enough to bring back a chocolate glazed? (And a chocolate dip for my kid?)

    Reply
  • 2. Beatriz  |  26 July 2009 at 11:15 am

    We are also big fans of agriturismo. We have had great meals, and sweet time at nearby ones. Enjoy your vacation.

    Reply
  • 3. Mauryn  |  26 July 2009 at 6:39 pm

    We went to Cascina Caremma last November and loved it! The spa! The food! We also had the Meringue Mountain and COULD NOT FINISH IT.

    Reply
  • 4. nyc/caribbean ragazza  |  27 July 2009 at 12:03 pm

    wow. that looks amazing. hope you’re having a great time in the big TO.

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  • 5. milanesemasala  |  3 August 2009 at 12:36 am

    Thanks for the comments everyone! I’m having a lovely time and trying my best to eat my way through Toronto. So far so good! Had an amazing hamburger last night. Will talk more about it later. Ciao ciao!!

    Reply

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