Grilled Pecorino with red chicory and lard

Chef Angela OlmiToday I would like to share with you the last recipe from the  “Pecorino che Passione” cooking class held by Angela Olmi chef at Osteria da Gagliano in collaboration with Stella Severini of Misenplace.

This is a very easy and quick recipe, it can be served as a starter or as a main course.

Now that you have all the recipes try to prepare the whole meal  of “Pecorino che Passione”, your family and friends will be amazed!

Grilled Pecorino with red chicory and lard

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Ingredients: (4 servings)

  • 4 slices of Semi-seasoned Pecorino cheese (2 cm thick with the skin on). We used the Red from Pienza bought at Il Granaio di Gabriello.
  • 1 red chicory (radicchio rosso)
  • 8 slices of Lard (Lardo di Colonnata o Cinta are our favorites)
  • a pinch of salt
  • black pepper
  • Extra virgin Olive Oil

Cut the red chicory and season with salt and extra virgin olive oil, place some chicory on each plate.

Meanwhile, oil a non-stick pan or grill and heat it over high heat. Place the Pecorino in the grill and cook until browned and crunchy on both sides. Place the Pecorino over the red chicory and then add two slices of lard on the pecorino, season with black pepper and serve.

Buon Appetito!

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Tuscan Views is delighted to inform you that Felceto II is now available at a special discounted price for all bookings made before end of March 2013.

Felceto II sleeps up to 10 guests from only € 2,750 per week. 

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This cozy and delightful villa is located on one side of the Monte Cetona, with amazing views over the Val di Chiana and the Trasimeno Lake. The large garden hosts a swimming pool, olive grove, cypress trees and woodland on both sides.

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Felceto II is an ideal base to visit Southern Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. The A1 highway is only 10 minutes by car and Florence and Rome are within easy reach also by train from the local train station in Chiusi, 10 minutes away from Felceto II.

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Off the beaten path: Sarteano

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Sarteano is a lovely medieval village located in southern Tuscany near the Umbrian border, just 6 km from the exit of the A1 (the highway that goes from Milan to Naples) half way between Rome and Florence. Both cities can be reached in 1,5 hours by car and by train from the main railway station in Chiusi (10 km from Sarteano).

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Life here is quiet and peaceful but there are also various festivities and activities organized all year around: Giostra del Saracino, Tempo dell’Olio (olive oil market), Jazz and Blues Festival, Christmas with the Elf, Carnival (this year Las Vegas Carnival) and much  more.

Santa Claus in Sarteano

Santa Claus in Sarteano

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Your ideal day in Sarteano starts with a cappuccino and cornetto at Bar Central (in the upper square) you can then walk through the narrow streets of the medieval section, exploring the Etruscan Museum, and climb up to the Castle but don’t miss a stop to the San Martino Church to view the beautiful “Annunciazione” by Domenico Beccafumi.

After all you deserve a typical Tuscan lunch and our suggestion is Osteria da Gagliano in the upper square.

CENA-08-0019The Castle dominates the medieval section and the country surrounding Sarteano. The castle was built before the 1038 but was completely destroyed and rebuilt between 1467 and 1474. There are guided tours from May to October. Various activities during the summer and a magnificent medieval dinner organised by the Giostra del Saracino around the 10th of August each year.

The Theatre was built on 1734 has been completely restored recently. The Compagnia degli Arrischianti performs from May until September. Today the theatre is also used as a venue for civil weddings.

Beccafumi_AnnunciazioneSan Martino church inside the medieval walls, contains wonderful treasures of the 1300, 1400 and 1500 such as the “Annunciazione” by Domenico Beccafumi.

San Lorenzo church: beautiful paintings by Girolomo del Pacchia, a wooden choir gift of Pope Pio II and a marvellous tabernacle by Marrina. Situated at the end of the “corso” can be reached by an old stone staircase from the main parking.

The Archaeological Museum. Located in one of the most beautiful and old building of the village hosts all the finds of the Etruscan Necropolises of Sarteano. One of the rooms hosts and exhibition of the finds of the “Pianacce” Necropolis where the most beautiful and important discovery of the Etruscan world has been made: La Tomba della Quadriga Infernale”

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Tomba della Quadriga Infernale  

Dating second half of the IV century BC situated on the Pianacce Necropolis this is an extraordinary discovery, one of the image represented on the walls is unique of its kind in all Etruria: a figure of a demon in a moving cart drawn by two lions and two griffons. To visit this exceptional findings you  must book at the Archaeological Civic Museum of Sarteano

a_maggioIf you would like to spend a wonderful holiday in Sarteano villa Il Maggio is our guests favorite villa.

Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas chose Il Maggio to prepare for the London Marathon.

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For info and bookings contact Tuscan Views

Iwan Thomas on Villa Il Maggio

“I thought a long weekend in Tuscany would be the perfect place to prepare for the London Marathon.”

This is what Iwan Thomas wrote on the Mail on Sunday about his trip to Villa Il Maggio in Sarteano last spring.

“With good weather almost guaranteed and a short flight time from the UK, no wonder thousands of Britons head to this part of Italy every year. We flew to Florence, and from there it was a 90-minute drive to our 18th Century farmhouse, Il Maggio, near the delightful city of Siena. Another of the attractions of this stay was the chance to have a cookery lesson – I was runner-up on the BBC’s Celebrity MasterChef several years ago, and I’m really passionate about food.”

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“Il Maggio was very impressive, with attractive limestone floors, terracotta tiles and original beams. There was underfloor heating throughout the house too, which I particularly liked.”

“The property had its own spa area, including a Jacuzzi, while outside were lovely gardens, and – this was a nice touch – a small outhouse containing a traditional pizza oven.”

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“After a relaxing first day, we headed to the local village for our cookery lesson. We were shown how to make ravioli and other types of pasta (actually, I learned how to make pasta during my stint on MasterChef, but it was great to have a refresher course).”

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The village Iwan is talking about is Sarteano, located south of Siena. Stella Severini chef at Misenplace hosts a cooking class to teach Iwan how to make PICI a typical Tuscan handmade pasta, and she did a great job as Iwan made a very long PICIO. To learn how to make pici see our Pici all’aglione recipe. 

“Afterwards, we went to do some food-tasting, and later that evening we went out for dinner. It’s a good job I have a big appetite.”

Iwan at Il Granaio

Iwan had the food tasting at Il Granaio di Gabriello a lovely shop in Sarteano. Andrea and Marina were great hosts and shared their knowledge of local produce with Iwan who really enjoyed the local bear Olmaia brewed in the UNESCO heritage site of Val d’Orcia. More info about this lovely shop on our post: Il Granaio. 

The dinner took place at local Osteria da Galliano where Angela and Giuliano prepared a delicious dinner including spelt with Chianti and pecorino cheese, handmade pasta with rabbit and fennel ragout, wild boar prepared according with an antique Florentine recipe with cacao and Bavarian cream with spices used for Panpepato.

“The next day I had to remind myself that I was here to get in some last-minute London Marathon training, so I headed into the hills close to our villa. The weather was gorgeous and (believe it or not) I was having such a good time that I ended up covering 15 miles – much more than I had originally intended.”

I’m happy to say I finished the London Marathon in four hours, which I was pleased with. That session in the Tuscan hills obviously did the trick.”

The road where Iwan trained while at Il Maggio is a wonderful panoramic road that goes from Sarteano to San Casciano dei Bagni. It is a 16 km road that goes along the side of Mount Cetona and overlooks the Val di Chiana. Some days when there’s fog on the valley the view is even more spectacular as Città della Pieve on the other side of the valley appears as an island crowned by Tower bells. It is the favorite road for locals to run or walk during the week-ends.

As the return flight was late afternoon, Tuscan Views together with Country Tours organized a full day tour with visit of a farm near Siena that breed Cinta Senese (an ancient race of white and black pigs) with tasting and a light lunch. After lunch they went to visit a local winery in the Chianti hills and tasted Chianti Classico and Supertuscans. The tour ended at the Florence’s airport where Iwan said goodbye to Tuscany.

To book your stay at Il Maggio contact Tuscan Views

Read the full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2272753/Iwan-Thomas-The-perfect-way-prepare-London-marathon-A-Tuscan-diet-pasta-hills.html#ixzz2K6yR2dOO

Top 5 villas for foodies

Whether you’re looking to embark on a culinary journey exploring Tuscany’s famous enotecas, trattorias and vineyards, or perhaps prefer to have the very best of Tuscan cuisine cooked freshly for you in the comfort of your own Villa, here are five delectable Tuscan villas, perfect for those with an appetite for food as well as travel.

     

Janine – San Casciano dei Bagni (SI) 

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An ideal escape for foodies who are looking for culinary inspiration, Janine is located in the Siena countryside and is a short stroll away from a number of wonderful restaurants, including XX. Popular with the locals this jewel of a restaurant offers an intimate terrace for al fresco dining, and an array of dishes that are sure to inspire. Alternatively head back to the luxury villa for a cookery class hosted by your chef, and enjoy the fruits of your labour in the villa’s beautiful vine-covered pergola.

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Serratone – Gavorrano (GR)

Swimming poolSerratone is the ultimate escape for beach lovers and its close proximity to the coast makes it a haven for those with a penchant for seafood. Chose to dine at the numerous seafood restaurants which hug the cobalt blue coastline, or alternatively buy your own fresh fish from the local market, and watch your chef prepare it for you in the comfort of your villa.

 

Tramonto – Val d’Orcia (SI)

Swimming poolLuxury villa Tramonto is nestled in the heart of the wine region, and is the perfect holiday spot for wine enthusiasts. Indulge in a wine tour through Val D’Orcia to sample some of the world’s best grapes. Upon your return to the villa, your wonderful housekeeper will have prepared a delicious Tuscan meal leaving you to sit back, relax and enjoy the views through the large dining room

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windows, which overlook the Tuscan vineyards and cypress trees.

Il Maggio – Sarteano (SI)

Spa areaIl Maggio is an extraordinary property perfect for those who love learning how to cook. Upon arrival, you will receive a Tuscan food hamper containing all the fresh local ingredients to be used to prepare an authentic Tuscan meal with the help of Chef Stella Severini.

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Duomo – Florence 

View from sitting roomUpon check into Duomo, guests will find themselves immersed in a foodies paradise. This luxury apartment is located in the heart of Florence and is surrounded by osterias, trattorias, entocas and fine dining restaurants galore. Guests can be taken on a gastronomic tour around the city centre including a visit of the famous Mercato Centrale, a place where some of the best Tuscan chefs find their own inspiration.

Memories

Christmas is over but good memories are still with us.

I would like to share with you some special moments made for kids but loved by everybody.

Sarteano's main squareThe carriage with horsesThis year Sarteano celebrated the holiday in a very special way, a group of parents has worked hard to create the Elf Village were kids have spent lovely afternoons writing letters to Santa, making cookies, painting and enjoying the company of other kids and the Elf.

The Elf VillageSending letters to Santa

On the 24th Santa finally arrived in the main square with presents  and candies. It was magic and thanks to Dario Pichini we’ll keep good memories of 2012 Christmas. Santa is comingVN-12-0089