The Pici Lesson at Cretaiole was great fun. Isabella and some of our younger guests made the dough, which was then divided among all of us. We all practiced rolling Pici which wasn't nearly as easy as it looked. Isabella cooked the Pici and served it with her own Ragu along with an assortment of meats grilled by her husband, Carlos. Each of the guests contributed a small appetizer or dessert. The Morricciani family joined us for dinner and it was a fun evening. We sat around til near midnight sipping on Carlos Sr.'s Vin Santo &/or Grapa. (Just before the lesson we were treated to an Olive Oil tasting with Carlos Jr. who sits on the regional board issuing the D.O.P. to local producers.Cretaiole's Oil is wonderful).
We spent a good part of the week just driving around this gorgeous area of Tuscany. Often we would pack a lunch or snack and just find a place where would could admire the view.
We loved wondering the streets of Pienza, where there were some great restaurants and absolutely the best fresh pecorino cheese we have ever tasted. Though there were a lot of tourists during the day, it was easy to have coffee with locals in the early morning hours (before 10) and wine in the evening (after 6 or so). The view of Val D'Orcia from behind the Church was spectacular.
We enjoyed great meals at Latte di Luna and Trattatoria di Fiorella in Pienza. Of course the details of those meals are in my missing journal. I remember the food and service being wonderful. Both were very moderately priced. I do remember that the roast pork at Latte di Luna was highly recommended by Isabella and it was really fabulous.
One day during this week we went to Sant' Antimo to listen to the Gregorian Chants and wander around the beautiful grounds. I especially loved the field of Lavender
Bagno Vignoni was another small town that we enjoyed. I'll leave that for another post!