This tour is an authentic Italian culture and food experience shared with Domenica Marchetti. Domenica is a famous cookbook author, food writer, cooking instructor, and proud daughter of Abruzzo. Her mother was born and raised in Chieti, and Domenica spent much of her life travelling between the US and this magnificent green region of Italy, which continues to inspire her in the kitchen.
“Vivere per mangiare e non mangiare per vivere” (Live to eat and not eat to live) - old Italian proverb. Travel with AbruzzoPresto! to discover the little known treasure of Abruzzese cuisine. Sample astonishing local wines; Trebbiano, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Cerasuolo and Pecorino in lush vineyard settings. Take private cooking classes offered by guest chefs and local village cooks. Meet artisan cheese producers whose families have produced luscious sheep’s and cow’s milk cheeses for generations. Join in on a truffle hunt and sample this “black gold” of Abruzzo in local cookery. Visit a saffron producer; learn the art of olive-oil tasting from a certified olive oil sommelier. Savor master creations at Abruzzo’s best restaurants with chefs hailing from the world famous culinary school of Villa Santa Maria. Discover the breathtaking terrain and attractions that have shaped this rich comestible environment.
Domenica Marchetti is the author of seven acclaimed cookbooks. Domenica’s cookbooks have achieved wide acclaim. Her latest book, Preserving Italy: Canning, Curing, Infusing, and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions, was published in June 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has already received great reviews by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and Fine Cooking. Her book The Glorious Vegetables of Italy was named a 2013 New York Times Notable Cookbook.
You will discover the warmth that is Abruzzo from the moment you step out of your vehicle after climbing up the long road pointing straight toward the majestic Maiella Mountain. The people of Abruzzo are the most hospitable and generous you will ever meet. The Abruzzese people have greatly influenced the world and have significantly contributed to literature, music, science, sculpture, poetry, technology, culture, commerce and cuisine. They are generally known for their localism and strict attention to family values and devoutness to the Christian faith and association with the Roman Catholic Church.
Although there were people living in the Abruzzo region during the late Neolithic Period 5,000 B.C. to 2,000 B.C, most Abruzzese have a common Roman ancestry as well as a variety of other ancestries including Norman, Swedish, Spanish and Austrian. The highest compliment that must be paid to the people is for their local cuisine. Throughout the rest of Italy, when one mentions places or people they know in Abruzzo, the guaranteed response is; in Abruzzo si mangia bene! (In Abruzzo, one eats well!). That is an understatement.
The Abruzzese people share an abundance of life and pleasure in their natural resources. They are keenly aware of the beauty that surrounds them. The mountains, the sea and the land bring them joy and help define who they are. There is no scarcity of pride in being Abruzzese. An expression we have used with the locals, at which they immediately nod in agreement is; Anche se non siamo ricchi, viviamo una vita di richezza costante! (Though we may not be rich, we live a life of constant richness!).
Many house-hold names hailed ancestrally from Abruzzo. A short list of these people include Madonna, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Mario Lanza, Rocky Marciano, Bruno Sammartino, Henry Mancini, Perry Como, Tommy Lasorda, Gabriele DAnnunzio, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Filippo De Cecco and Mario Batali.