The Italian Insider
- Isabel Sawkins
MONTESCAGLIOSO - At the agrifarm L’orto di Lucania, I was invited to partake in a cookery course to learn the hallowed secrets of making authentic pasta such as cavatelli and orecchiette.
The course was run by one of the chefs at the agrifarm, which is part of an estate of 250 hectares on the banks of the Bradano river. They grow their own organic wheat, corn, tomatoes, aubergine, artichokes, olives and fruit on the property. It has also been ranked in 2011 as amongst the best five farmhouses of Italy by The Times of London >> Continue
Alastair Sawday, of Sawday’s guides, picks 15 places to stay where the food is as wonderful as the surroundings
Try talking to a group of Italian foodies about French food, and you quickly unearth enough tension to create an international incident. There is little love lost, which is strange and sad, for each country has vast culinary strengths, enough for the rest of us to stand in awe. I am one of the lucky ones who has been to Terra Madre (terramadre.org), the giant Italian Slow Food festival in Turin, and can vouch for the astonishing vitality in the world of artisanal food. The Slow Food movement began in Italy and has been responsible for rescuing threatened foods – such as Ligurian honey and Dominici apples – and beaten the drum for local and small - scale production.
Italy: best local food is down on the farm
Julia Brookes - The Times March 5, 2011
Italy’s agriturismo stays are all about the meals, great company, the art of making pasta - and laid-back languor
Five of the top Italian farm stays
[...] L’Orto di Lucania, Matera, Basilicata In the little-visited deep south in the “arch” of the boot of Italy, L’Orto (which means kitchen garden) grows artichokes, aubergines, tomat oes and peppers. Work up an appetite for dinner in the restaurant (or cook your own from farm produce) by cycling or walking to picturesque villages and archaeological sites.
The Agriturismo L’Orto di Lucania cuisine is not intended merely as a support service to stay on a farm.
It’s a special experience, also open to those who want to experience the flavors of Basilicata. Since 2004, in addition to being present in the Hotels and Restaurants Guide of the Italian Touring Club, our restaurant has received the coveted Buona Cucina, that TCI that gives to a small number of restaurants in the guide. >> More
takes to the Southern Italian roads of Basilicata
and finds that here, there really is Latin spirit in every one You’ll probably never have heard of Basilicata, one of Italy’s southernmost regions. And that’s a good thing. At least for those of us wanting to keep hard-won discoveries to ourselves. Those wanting a break from the established tourist trail. Those wondering how the sun-dried states of Southern Europe used to be before package holidays, package food and package people. In Basilicata, armed only with a rental car and a sense of adventure, you’ll find out.