Oh! So happy to hear of your report about Locanda d"Alia. When will you be going back to Itlay? I love the DiPalo site. I order Tutto Calabria Hot Pepper spread from there and it is to die for. Those Calabrian peppers are the BEST. Just the right heat. Not being able to enjoy the peppers from Matera is a harsh fact of life... We may go back to Italy in a couple of years and I will plan it in time for the peppers and bring ALOT of them back. Wonder why it is so difficult to get them to the states?
San Giovanni in Fiore was a very noisy dirty town. The only hotel in town that we had the energy to find was Deanno's..it was disgusting with car horns blowing all night. I think that town has nothing to do but have horn blowing wars. I did buy some great red shoes there. We ate in a huge gym with bright floresent lights and a kid's birthday party going on..strange.We weren't sure if it was just a gym with a kids party or a restaurant but we sat down andthey brought a menu and the ravioli came from somewhere....... But it was pretty good. Was just rewarding to be in the G.parents town and see his last name everywhere. You are right about the Sapori name in Maratera. Since we did not eat anywhere else in Maratea, I can't comment on that. We thought Antichi Sapori was the real deal The pool at Donne was really great. We really enjoyed that and the breakfast buffet was REALLY wonderful. I visited Eatly in Ny this past Feb. I was there for the GIft and Home show. We flew in between all of the snow storms. I loved being in Eataly and bought some Villa Mandori Red Cherry Balsamic Vinager. We had pizza and wine for lunch there. I was sad that he did not sell the chrusci! I mean really Mario?? What a great store it is. Thank you for the slowfood information..since going to Calabria we are very intersted in the agriturismi so that we avoid gross hotels I'm going to order the Molto Italiano book! Also thank you for your other threads..they will be SOO helpful when we travel to Italy again.
----- Antichi Sapori Strada Montanara, 318, Parma, Emilia-Romagna , IT
San Giovanni Via San Giovanni, 36, Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna , IT
Erica, I am not familiar with Slowfood but I'm going to start checking into it! The GP towns are my husbands GrandParents towns. They are all hidden in the Consenza area and Sila..I loved the tiny HARD to find towns that they came over from..although I did not like San Giovanni in Fiore at all. But our day drive thru the Sila I'll never forget. The Donne Manache was hard for us to find because we were tired,(we had just driven the Amalfi) but I remember upon entering Maratea you drive past the town square maybe sightly uphill and it is hidden about a 1/4 mile up that road on the right..and the road was very narrow and my poor husband!!! but just a note..the neat stucco building on their site, next to a pool? That is not the Donne Manache..They just use that building for their photo.I thought the convent had such a odd scent to it...not bad, but different..the people were nice enough but kind of indifferent.....The pool belongs to the convent though. We did not eat dinner at the Donne because we were in Maratea for 2 nights and we could not tear ourselves from Antiche, THey spoke no english at Donne but it was'nt to difficult ..my husband speaks small amount spanish.. In Castrovillari, I thought the rooms at Alia were kinda strange..weird 80's lamps and ugly bedding, hard bed..but I own a bedding store..so. We were so exhuasted, we passed out. The owner gave us a espresso the morning we left and it was the BEST espresso I have EVER had..I hope their lunches are as great as there dinners. We did not spend any time in the town..We were just there for the restaurant. I did get the " My Calabria' cookbook. I made the Polenta beans and sausage...was good. I use Mario Batali BABBO cookbook quite a bit. But tonight I am going to spend time looking at the towns that you are visiting also the food you wrote about..thats what I call a fun evening!! What would you consider the biggest influence on where you visit in Calabria..Slowfood? anything else? Thanks!
----- San Giovanni Via San Giovanni, 36, Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna , IT
I see that www.broders.com has the peppers in stock. but it seems to be a very small bag...7 oz and the bag that I brought back is 141 oz....maybe the same size. I'm not sure First i will see if my distributer comes thru from Denver.
We flew to Rome, drove to Sorrento for a couple of nights. On to Maratea..if you are going to Maratea you must eat at Antiche Sofias in the town square...mom and pop resturanrt. never forget that food. Stayed at LaLocanda delle Donne Manache, a old convent..nice..LOVED, loved Maratea. On to Cozenza area to 1st G.P town of San Fili, very tiny On to Figline Vegliaturo 2nd G.P town in Cozenza..lots of figs at right time of year On to Decollatura 3rd G.P town in Cozenza....This whole area was stunning Then down further to Catanzaro..we went there because the female that owns the B&B there(ElCedro) along with her Italian husband, is from Texas and I look at her website alot..Very helpful it's called My bella vita and her name is Cherrye Moore. I did not care for Catanzaro..but it was great to meet Cherrye and hear some english. The Sila National Park in theat area was So incredibly beautiful. Cheryre is offering a food tour through Calabria in OCT. which I hate to miss but cant make it onward toSan Giovanni in Fiore..3rd G.P town..it was Ok THEN to Castrovillari!!! Yea! Mario Batali's always right..We stayed at the La Locandadi Alia 2 nights..the rooms were O.K...hard beds all over Italy..but we did eat in the Rest. that night.. yes, it was a meal I shall never forget...ever! when we were leaving the next day I saw one of the chefs pulling up in the parking lot and I almost cried and wanted to hug him..HA! how silly.... It was May 9th and not alot of people around...we may have been the only ones! Then over to Matera. who can ever FORGET Matera..stayed at Sant' Angelo..ate at Lucernie...where we brought back 2 BAGS OF CRUSCHI...ONLY 2!! Then onto Rome flew back to Colorado. I found the biggest help to be Cherrye's site MyBellaVita and Mario Batali's website has a lot of wonderful ideas. When I was in NY this Feb. for my store I loved visiting Eataly.wow If I find my source for cruschi I'll post and let you know. You said that you will be returning to Calabria in Sept?
Hi Erica We drove all over Calabria. Trip of a lifetime to see grandparent's 4 towns. When I get home from work today I will let you know about the towns that we visited etc. I have been talking to my husband the past 2 days about going to the chili festival in Diamante..spelling may be off on that town. Also will let you know when I find the chilis to sell!
When I go back to matera one day I am going to bring lots of it back...it seems soo far away and the cruschi are so hard to find. I own a Kitch bed and bath snd I sell food in my store so I am a trying to find a distributer of them. I am trying to communicate with a distributer in Denver. Did you bring some back with you from Italy? Did you go to Castrovillari while you were in the area? We went there to eat at one of Mario Batali's recomendations on "The best Resturant in Southern Italy" It really was unforgetable, but so was food in Matera. I'll let you know what I find.
I am serching all the U.s for The pepperoni cruschi I am CRAVING IT! We were in Matera and ate some of the best food I have EVER had in my life..but we should have brought home a TON of the crushi!!!! We have to go back to get them.They are difficult to find here. really frustrating. We had the saveur magazine from May 2009 with us with the big article on Matera and used it evryday..was a excellent guide. We ate at Le Lucanerie...UNFORGETABLE..I'' post if I find any cruschi's out there!