We a family of 4 with grade-school kids set out our journey from Boston to Le Marche because we were interested in going some truffle mushroom hunting. Along our way we found Il Granaio known for their gastronomical delights. We stayed there 3 days and found our stay to be enjoyable, tranquil, and invigorating all at the same time. We were welcomed by the hosts Greg and Giorgio to some local prosecco. Our kids were exhausted after a long drive and wanted some fanta (to our dismay!) and I noticed that Giorgio immediately went out and got them some. How thoughtful! We asked for a simple dinner that night and the Mozzarella di Bufala and summer-riped tomatoes from their garden was just a perfect appetizer. We have been trying to imitate this dish many times since then. That evening was finished off by some homemade creme di limoncello, which put us at a new level of what we thought was possible in making an awesome drink.
Since we are cooking enthusiasts, we took a cooking course from Greg. It started by going to a nearby hilltop town to shop for local fresh produce and ingredients in the morning market. That journey in and of itself was very memorable. I still can't figure out why people would go so far up the hill to buy produce but it was certainly worth it when you get there. At our cooking class, we started by making bread and pasta. We tried to follow the local tradition of rolling out the pasta paper-thin to make a white lasagna with summer truffles. We made tiramisu the traditional way and learned that tira means pick, mi means me, and su means up.
In short, we found our stay very pleasant and our dining experience there incomparable.
- Also Known As:
- Il Granaio Italy/Montefalcone Appennino, Marche