“I gained 3 pounds – my suitcase 11!!”
If you read previous reviews of Casa Gregorio they are glorious and glowing. There is little I can add to their praise because it is all true… but I will try.
First our room – there was some renovation going on at the Casa Gregorio but it did not deter from the overall beauty of our room. It was clean, roomy, the bathroom stunning and we had a little terrace that overlooked the valley. It was steps from a little town square where we watched the local children play games, the older generation sit and drink their coffee while others bustled around doing their daily errands.
Daily excursions – what fun these were!! Each day was different. For example, the first day we went to Arpino to the Olive Mill. Vincenzo gave us a tour of the Olive Mill and then back to the sales room to taste his Olive Oil. The setting was beautiful and his mother put out a wonderful lunch of local foods including cannellini bean soup, stuffed breads,roasted peppers, bruschetta, prosciutto and their local wine. We followed that with a tour of Arpino and on the way home some wonderful gelato. Everyday was different – I could go on and on about our days. They were entertaining, filled with laughs and we learned so much. By the end of the week on these daily excursions we had bought oil, wine, cheeses, sausages, pasta, cookies, walnuts, tea towels, kitchen tongs – hence my 11 pound increase in my luggage.!!!!!
Cooking classes were always hands-on in every aspect of the learning process. Every detail was attended to with helpers for the chef so we never had to worry about washing, cleaning up or putting anything away. We just focused on the cooking lessons. Each day about an hour into our lesson, Peter or Patrizio would bring out the wines (my favorite part) – you can’t cook Italian food without a glass of wine by your side. My favorite days were the pastry class, pasta class, antipasto class, the secondi class and the pizza class ( oh wait – that’s every single cooking class!!!) Since I have been home, I have made, Tiramisu, biscotti, simple red sauce and Salsicce con peperoni (sausage, red pepper, potato roasted in Olive Oil). Our Chefs Dayana and Valero were just outstanding.
Gregory was the perfect host — with a wonderful, caring and helpful staff. And I need to give a shout out to my fellow travel mates. I went with my sister Karen and we met 5 other wonderful people from the US. Each morning we would meet at the Casa Gregorio for expresso/lattes and pastries, frittatas, fresh fruit, and the blood orange juice (so delicious). They were all such fun – Thank you Robyn, Nicole, Sonia, Mitch and Adrianne.
And Thank you, Gregory, I have sung your praises to everyone since my return home.