the etruscan hill town
"You may have the universe,
if I may have Italy."
~ Giuseppe Verdi
Tony's Travel Tidbits
A word about RESPECT. When someone spends all day preparing a meal, not just any meal, but the meal that will serve to define your epicurian Tuscan experience, you MUST show them the utmost respect. (but how, Tony?) I'll tell you! With each bite, you ooh and ah and moan and groan with sounds of sheer delight. You smile. You laugh. You enjoy every morsel, every crumb, every forkful.
You EAT. ALL. THE. FOOD. MANGIA!
You DRINK. ALL. THE. WINE. SALUTE'!
THAT. That is respect.
Tony with the ladies of La Carabaccia restaurant. He showed them the utmost respect by finishing the food on his plate as well as everyone else's!
Volterra was like stepping into a fairytale. I expected Gepetto & Pinocchio to emerge at any moment from an ancient wooden doorway onto the cobblestone street. I wondered if woodland creatures and cartoon songbirds had hung the laundry out to dry? What I would soon learn is that Volterra and its people are full of passion for life and art, amazing food and oustanding wine.
What more could a girl want? I was in heaven.
Pretty as a Postcard
A downloadable postcard of the beautiful & rustic Volterra!
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Hello & Goodbye
Good afternoon : Buon pomeriggio
Good evening : Buona sera
Good night : Buona notte
Good bye : Arrivederci
Hi/Bye (informal) : Ciao
People of Italy
This is Sara. She runs the La Carabaccia restaurant with her mother & sister. Here we had an outstanding family style dinner with the rest of our tour mates. The wine was flowing and the food...bellissimo!
That guy there? With the big grin? That's Larry. He and Tony were buddies and Tony taught him all about respect. Eating this food, this amazing food, was an honor...practically a religious experience.
The food was brought out on big platters and served family style. With each course, Tony proceeded to ensure that all our tour mates had their fill and then, if there was any left, (even a crumb!), he would put the platter at his place and use a piece of bread to scrape the plate clean. La scarpetta. Little shoe. Each time Sara came to clear our dishes, she would smile and laugh at Tony. It filled her with joy to see him LOVING her food. THIS is respect.
As we were leaving the restaurant that evening with full bellies and even fuller hearts, Sara asked Tony in Italian "Where are you from?" He answered, "Florida, in America." She said, "No, I can tell you are Italian, where is your family from in Italy?" He replied, "Avellino, near Benevento." And then, Sara said something to Tony that he will NEVER forget, "Ah, see? You may live in America, but your blood, your blood, will always be here in Italy."
Respect. Full bellies. Full hearts.
Are you ready to visit this
enchanting place with us? Andiamo, tutti!