Ruins of the medieval Goleto Abbey

Ruins of the medieval Goleto Abbey

One of the highlights of 2016 has been connecting with Kathy McCabe, founder of the award-winning Dream of Italy Newsletter and host of the PBS series. Earlier this year she put me in touch with Bethanne Patrick who wrote a piece about our tour of Naples inspired by Elena Ferrante. Then in late summer, Kathy asked me to write about Irpinia, the gorgeous mountainous region east of Naples.

Christian, my husband and Feast On History Wine Director is fond of saying that Irpinia is the new Tuscany. I'm fascinated with its rich medieval history. And Kathy has an extra special connection to the region as her family comes from Castelvetere sul Calore. We're all very excited to share Irpinia with you.

Tasting room at Feudi di San Gregorio designed by Hikaru Mori with interiors by Massimo Vignelli

Tasting room at Feudi di San Gregorio designed by Hikaru Mori with interiors by Massimo Vignelli

My article titled "Irpinia: Ancient Meets Modern in Southern Italy" is the feature of November's "Dream of Italy" newsletter. It's available by subscription only and there's a special offer for Cyber Monday.


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Freshly foraged portobello mushrooms at Nonna Pina Country House in Bagnoli Irpino

Freshly foraged portobello mushrooms at Nonna Pina Country House in Bagnoli Irpino

My Irpinia stories and recommendations for Dream of Italy include:

  • A tour through the exposed medieval ruins of Goleto Abbey
  • Tasting wine with master winemakers Salvatore Molettieri and Luigi Moio
  • The cantina at Feudi di San Gregorio and dinner at their Michelin-starred restaurant designed by Massimo Vignelli
  • The story of the "Madonna of Transformation", a place that has been sacred for transgender pilgrims since the 13th century
  • And the place where I ate the single best meal of my entire life. (Hint: it wasn't at a fancy restaurant, but at a small place in the countryside.) 
The first course of the best meal of my life: Ravioli stuffed with ricotta and caciocavallo cheese and smothered in Bagnoli black truffles. 

The first course of the best meal of my life: Ravioli stuffed with ricotta and caciocavallo cheese and smothered in Bagnoli black truffles. 



IRPINIA FOOD & WINE TOURS

If you would like to take a tour of Irpinia with Feast On History, we're putting the final touches on a week long tour in July 2017. The tour will be strictly limited to 14 guests and will include visits to all the sites and restaurants described in my Dream of Italy article including the place where I had the best meal of my life. We also offer customized itineraries of Irpinia for private clients. 

Vines at Quintodecimo, the vineyard of master winemaker and professor Luigi Moio in Mirabella Eclano

Vines at Quintodecimo, the vineyard of master winemaker and professor Luigi Moio in Mirabella Eclano

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