A Chef’s Journey Through Emilia Romagna and Tuscany

Tour the Heart of Italy’s Culinary Soul and Slow Food Movement with Chef Danny Petrosino and Osteria Danny

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Travel to Italy’s most exciting food and wine region with the most dynamic chef of the Saratoga food scene. Chef Danny Petrosino is the only American Chef to be honored by Italy’s University of Gastronomic Sciences in 2018, the home and birthplace of the Italian Slow Food movement in Bra, Italy. Danny stands in the compay of other noted American Chef’s as Alice Waters to be formally recognized by the Italian Slow Food community in it’s birthplace in Bra. Who better to offer a culinary slow food and wine tour than Danny and Patti Petrosino of Saratoga’s Osteria Danny, as they visit the most important slow food destinations in the Emilia Romagna and Tuscany regions of Italy. We spend 4 days at an organic slow food based vineyard in Tuscany where we learn about wine and olive oil production, local butchery, and truffles as we enjoy the bucolic rolling Tuscan hills and terrain of the Chianti region with options to mountain bike, have a walking tour, and enjoy massage and other spa treatments. We will experience a chef led cooking class and group prepared meal with Chef Danny and a number of day excursions to Florence, San Gimignano, and Siena for some cultural touring and incredible shopping experiences and more culinary adventures than we can count. We will visit the epicenter of Italian salumeria production in Greve in Chianti, home to one of Italy's oldest and most renowned butcher shops, the Macelleria Falorni. We will then move on to the soul of Italy’s gastronomic traditions in Bologna for 3 days of food and wine adventures visiting pasta making classes, cheese making farms, balsamic vinegar artisans, and other culinary destinations of note to the lush food region of Emilia Romagna. We will be staying in the most elegant 5-star hotel in Bologna, the Hotel Majestic, and will enjoy private coach touring and private guides daily to a number of artisan and wine tours. Don’t miss this one of a kind Italian journey with one of the most exciting and dynamic chefs in our area to experience Italy’s most important food scene through the eyes of a chef. Our tour will be focusing on culture, wine, native cuisines, relaxation, shopping and slow food traditions.

Cost: $5400 (Double Occupany), $5,800 (Single Occupancy)

Price Includes: Roundtrip Coach Airfare, Private Transportation from Albany to New York, Accommodations, Land Transportation and Guides, Breakfast each day and meals as indicated on the itinerary.

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $1700 (Payment 1 of 3) will be due upon registration with 2 additional payments as follows: February 1, 2019 $1,850 (Payment 2 of 3), and April 1, 2019 $1,850 (Payment 3 of 3).

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ITINERARY

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An Adventure Devoted to Italy’s Culinary Slow Food Traditions, Exceptional World Class Wines, and Lush Cultural History

 Oct. 13 ~ Travel

  • Private Charter Coach from Saratoga to NY Airport

  • Take off from NYC airports

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Oct. 14 ~ Travel/Arrival in Italy (meals: Breakfast provided on flights, lunch and dinner provided at the vineyard)

  • Arrive in mid-point flight hub – transfer flights for our final leg into Italy

  • Land in Italy – Met by our Professional Italian guide and private coach for transfer to the vineyard from the airport.

  • Arrive at our beautiful and elegant organic vineyard, Agriturismo Mormoraia

  • Enjoy a late afternoon classic rustic lunch as we settle in and unpack at our new home in Tuscany

  • Decompress for the remainder of the day while enjoying the lush grounds and rolling hills surrounding the vineyard.  Access to walking trails, a foot path to a natural lake, and mountain bikes for a refreshing mid-afternoon ride.

  • Afternoon Massage Appointments and time to enjoy the Turkish Bath/Steam Room for those interested in a wellness experience can also be arranged.

  • Optional Afternoon trip to San Gimignano for shopping & sightseeing for those super humans that are not jet-lagged : )

  • We meet in the evening for a special dinner at Agriturismo Mormoraia restaurant for our first classic Tuscan multi course meal (4 courses plus wine) prepared by a classically trained Tuscan Chef in our honor and focused exclusively on the native slow food traditions of Tuscany.

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Oct. 15 ~ Exploring Our Organic Tuscan Vineyard and the Bounty of Mormoraia (meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided at the vineyard)

  • Optional Early Morning Stretch/Light Yoga Session by the Pool for interested guests

  • Morning Cooking Class/Butchery Lesson in the Mormoraia kitchen

  • Wine Tour with Mormoraia’s wine expert and Olive Oil Production Tour followed by a multi bottle wine tasting at lunch

  • Optional Afternoon trip to San Gimignano for shopping & sight seeing

  • Special Dinner at the Mormoraia restaurant in collaboration with Chef Danny and any interested guests that want to strap on an apron to assist in the preparation.

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Oct. 16 ~ Incredible Day in Florence – the Epicenter of High Culture (meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner provided)

  • We start our day with an exceptional museum tour of the Accademia to see the Statue of David in the morning with Art Historian Elvio Ancilloto, our Cultural Guide

  • Foodies Dream: Visit to the amazing Mercato Centrale for lunch and a cooking class with Chef Danny at the Lorenzo De’ Medici Cooking School where you will shop for ingredients at the many food stalls and get cooking at the stove in a special cooking theatre with Danny as we prepare our communal feast together.

  • Afternoon to shop at Porcellino Mkt, Ferragamo, Mossimo, and other historic and elegant shopping districts of Florence

  • Dinner at the famed I Latini for a classic Tuscan Porchetta Festa as only they can serve.  Latini is one of the most important truly Tuscan restaurant destinations in all of Florence.  Be prepared to jump the line and walk past a huge line of people waiting to get in while we enjoy our private reservation.

  • Return to the agriturismo in the later evening for a good rest after an exciting day of touring.

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Oct. 17 ~ Day in the Beautiful Medieval City of Siena (meals: Breakfast and Dinner provided, lunch on your own)

  • Day excursion to the great walled City of Siena for shopping & a guided Sienese Tour of the 17 unique contrade disticts, lunch on your own at the wonderful trattorias surrounding the Piazza del Campo.

  • Afternoon Wine Tour & Tasting at the elegant and highly rated Castiglion del Bosco Vineyard which specializes in Brunello. Castiglion del Bosco is recognized in the world for the excellence of their cellars, and is rated among the 10 best wineries to visit in Tuscany by the prestigious magazine Decanter. We will get to know the Brunello di Montalcino region and the Castiglion del Bosco wines. Sommeliers will guide you through the entire production process "from the vine to the wine" during the visit to the cellar and the aging room. For wine enthusiasts, these wines are rated in the high 90s. This tour will also allow you to discover the incredible atmosphere that is breathed in the Member's Cellar and will end with a guided tasting of four different types of wine of our production, including Brunello di Montalcino.

  • Evening spent at Mormoraia for a prosecco toast reception and a final special meal together on our final night at our Tuscan home.

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Oct. 18 ~ On to Italy’s La Grassa “The Fat One” – Bologna & the Emilia Romagna Regions Well-Earned Gastronomic Nick Name (meals: Breakfast provided, lunch and dinner on your own)

  • Eat Like A Local: Insiders Walking Tour with a Local Food Expert of Bologna’s Food Traditions– salumeria, cheese, pasta and other small, out of the way purveyors of Emilia Romagna’s famous culinary specialties

  • Afternoon optional private pasta making class with a true Italian Nonna

  • Dinner on own in one of Bologna’s many excellent Trattoria’s and Osterias.

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Oct. 19 ~ Gastronomy & Slow Food Excursion to Modena – One of the Grand Culinary Slow Food Destinations in Emilia Romagna (meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner provided)

  • Balsamic Vinegar Barrell and Estate Tour at the historic Acetaio di Giorgio. The tiny precious Acetaia di Giorgio is located under the roof of the old residence from 1870 of the Barbieri family, just few kilometers from Modena city center.

  • The tradition of the Acetaia was and still is a lifestyle, like a gene which is transmitted from generation to generation.  Acetaia keeps in its barrels all the charm and seduction of ancient rites. This is a tradition which is some centuries old, made of must cookings, precious barrels and transvasements.

  • Parmigiano Reggiano Dairy Tour at the Caseificio Nuovo Martignana Societa Agricola Coopertiva, a slow food cooperative of ancient historic dairys that makes some of the most noted cheeses in Emila Romagna and all of Italy.  We will learn how these noted cheeses of Italy are produced and we will enjoy a special tasting of fresh and aged cheeses.

  • Lunch at the noted Franceschetta 58 (Osteria Francescana’s little cousin – of Mossimo Bottura fame) Inspired by the contemporary Italian pantry with influences from culinary traditions around the peninsula, Francschetta58 is an unexpected deviation from a traditional osteria.

  • Optional: Visits to the Ferrari Museum or the Luciano Pavarotti Museum

  • Dinner at Hosteria Giuisti – A timeless, intimate famed Osteria located above a legendary 400 year-old salumeria and butchery and recently featured on the show “Master of None” episode on Modena.  This small restaurant is considered one of the best plates of pasta in all of Italy by many culinary critics including Chef Mario Batali.

  • Return to Mormoraia for a nightcap and a good rest under the Tuscan night sky.

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Oct. 20 ~ Shameless Shopping: Enjoying a Final Day in the City of Bologna (meals: Breakfast provided, lunch and Dinner on your own)

  • Final day in Bologna- food, shopping, and relaxation on your own with optional activities

  • Optional guided visit to the Quadrilatero area including the Mercato Delle Erbe, Bologna's Largest covered Market and food & wine court, chocolatiers, gelato makers, etc..

  • Optional day trip to the Carpigiani Gelato University/Gelato Museum

  • Optional day to shop the key areas of Via dell'Indipendenza, Via Ugo Bassi, Via Rizzoli and Via D'Azeglio off the Piazza Maggiore

  • Optional appts for spa treatments and massage for interested guests or Vespa rentals

  • Final dinner at a local, classic “La Grassa” trattoria as we raise a glass of good wine to our final night in Italy.

 

Oct. 21~ Travel

  • Depart/Travel Day/Return to NY in the evening

  • Private coach from the NY airport to Saratoga

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*Please note that this itinerary is subject to change