FOOD AND WINE

 Food and wines itineraries in Veneto:  Restaurants

 One Michelin Star!

Relais Club della Montecchia: The Montecchia Golf Club has one of the best restaurants in this area, run by the Alajmo family, who also owns the illustrious restaurant Le Calandre. They are expert in preparing both traditional dishes and more creative and refined ones. The menu is accompanied by an excellent wine list. In November 2008 this restaurant received its first Michelin star. Closing day: Monday and Tuesday

Tel. +39 049 8055323. via Montecchia 12, Selvazzano Dentro (PD).

Three Michelin Stars!

Le Calandre:  This excellent restaurant is not far from Frassanelle, and it is run by Massimiliano and Raffaele Alajmo, who work with care and creativeness. Le Calandre has been awarded three Michelin stars and offers classical dishes and the outstanding “tasting menu”, which we highly recommend. Closing day: Monday and Tuesday

Tel. +39 049 630303 – 633000. via Liguria 1, Sarmeola di Rubano (PD)

Organic Farm

Ristorante “I Ronchi ”: in a cosy and rural environment, Gabriella and her family offer typical dishes of the region, accompanied by a good selection of wines from the surrounding hills. Pasta, cakes and bread are all hand-made, and all of the products of the agritourism are certified as organic. Besides the excellent food, it is also possibile to watch the making of bread, pasta and cheese.

Via Ronchi, 4 – Arquà Petrarca (PD)www.ironchi.it/

Tel.: 0429 718286 – Cell. 393 7235394 – info@ironchi.it

Typical products of Veneto: the best of wine itineraries in Veneto

La Montecchia via Montecchia 16, 35030 Selvazzano Dentro (PD)

Owned by the noble Emo Capodilista family, the grape growing and wine making is an ancient tradition, dating to the Middle Ages. Renewed in the ‘90s, the vineyards of this farm produce superb wines which in 2009 have been awarded with the valuable Prize “Three Glasses” by the Gambero Rosso guide book. Particularly good are the Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and an excellent Fior d’Arancio.

La Montecchia shop is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 to 12 am, and from 2.30 to 6.30pm.  Tel. 049 637294 www.lamontecchia.it

Vignalta Arquà Petraraca (PD): Via Castello, 9 Luvigliano (PD): Via dei Vescovi 4

Besides producing high quality wines such as Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay, it also sells organic products: extra-virgin olive oil, wine vinegar, herb salt, and a very good distillate Fior d’Arancio. The shops are located in Villa di Vescovi, in the village Luvigliano, and in the enchanting hamlet Arquà Petrarca.

Store in Luvigliano: open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 to 12.30am and from 3.30 to 7.30pm. Tel. 049 9933105.

Store in Arquà Petrarca: open from Thursday to Sunday to 10.30 to 12 am and frm 3.30 to 7.30 pm. Tel. fax +39 0429 777364 www.vignalta.it

Ca’ Orologio Via Ca’Orologio 7/A, Baone (PD)

This farm was founded recently, and the lands bought by Mrs Maria Gioia Rosellini in 1995 was later turned into organic cultivation, paying extra attention to the quality of the final product. Some “labels” of the company are : Calaòne, Lunisòle, Relògio, Salaròla. The Relògio 2007 was awarded the best wine of the Euganean Hills by the Espresso guide book “Wines of Italy” and with the “Three Glasses” by the brand new edition of the Gambero Rosso. Tel. 0429 50099.  www.caorologio.it

The above list is by non means exhaustive, please contact us if you want more informations about food and wine itineraries in Veneto and typical products in Veneto.

Olive Oil (Holiday House Petrarca homemade)

Olive Oil

Olive harvesting

Olive Oil

Olive harvesting

The olive tree was introduced in Colli Euganei in very ancient times; according to some sources, its presence dates back to the Pliocene. However, the olive tree was brought to the Po Plain in the pre-Roman period.
Some Roman authors – Polybius, Strabo, Pliny the Elder, Juvenal, and Martial – have described the fertility of the places and the abundance of the grape harvesting.
In the 4th century AD, in “Historia Varia” by Claudius Aelianus, we read that flat bread made with flour and dressed with olive oil and apples were prepared in Colli Euganei. In the late ancient age, the economic and political degeneration caused depopulation and environmental decay, with consequent abandonment of the cultivated fields and the development of woodlands and marshes.
Since 1400, under the Venetian rule, the olive tree acquires new importance and olive-growing will not be abandoned again, as we can read in some documents of the first half of the 18th century.
The olive tree has such a deep relationship with Colli Euganei that four autochthonous cultivations have been surviving for centuries: Rasara, Marzemina, Rondella, and Matosso, each of them producing different olive and oil qualities. Further varieties cultivated in the area are Leccino and Frantoio.
The oil of Colli Euganei is processed according to an ancient tradition. With the Park establishment, the enlargement of the local olive varieties cultivation and the quality production have been promoted.