My girlfriend and I came to Laurino a week ago in an attempt to track down her family history. I was a bit dubious as we drove up the hill to the sleepy little town, and skeptical that we would enjoy our time there with little to do but enjoy the scenery.
I've never been more wrong.
La Rupe's owner/chef/manager/ everything greeted us at the door with the warmest of smiles and most pleasant welcome. His wife showed us to our room and we gawked at the incredible, spectacular view of the mountain scape off of our balcony. It was like a painting. We were told to come down to dinner whenever we wanted and that thry'd have something special for us when we did. And boy did they ever.
I'm a food nut. I've eaten at some of the finest restaurants around. But the honest, home style Italian cooking thiat I had during my stay here will be featured in my memories as some of the finest meals I've ever eaten. Pasta cooked to perfection, rolled by hand specially just for us into the long fusilli noodle of traditional laurino cooking; pancetta and other pork products cured by our host himself; pizza from his wood fire oven that puts Napoli to shame.... Ugh, I'm hungry again just talking about it.
Our host drove us to villa Latorio the second day in order to find more history. Introduced us to people who might know a thing or two about the family name we were seeking, and just generally bent over backwards for us at every turn. .
My own grandmother couldn't make me feel more welcomed and relaxed than I felt during my stay there. I will be going back as soon as I'm capable.
To top it all off, when handed the bill for our stay, my girlfriend and I were floored by how reasonable the price for everything was. The hotel, the food, the wine, the help we were provided... All came to almost nothing. But the memories we have now of our stay there? Priceless
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