Feast On History was founded in 2012 by husband-and-wife team Danielle Oteri and Christian Galliani.
Our mission is to introduce guests to the treasures of Southern Italy. We're pioneers in the emerging field of "relational tourism" which seeks to foster close connections between guests and locals so that you truly experience Italy, not just see Italy. While we love Florence, Venice and Rome, these cities are overburdened with tourists. Instead we bring groups to lesser known regions in Southern Italy like Irpinia, one of Italy's most prestigious wine growing regions and Cilento, home of the Mediterranean Diet with many of Italy's most beautiful coastal villages.
Danielle and Christian also lead Arthur Avenue Food Tours, small group food tours of Little Italy in the Bronx.
Danielle Oteri is an art historian and an expert on the history of Campania. She has taught art history at Seton Hall University, a Lecturer at The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Program Director of the International Center of Medieval Art and Museum Travel expert for TripSavvy. Danielle's art, food and history writing has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Grove Dictionary of Art, Gothamist, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NPR and Roads & Kingdoms. In 2010, she won a food writing award from the American Institute of Wine and Food.
Christian Galliani is a sommelier and leads all the wine programming for Feast on History. Christian earned his a certificate from the Sommelier Society of America, has managed two Manhattan wine stores and was part of the wine team at Del Posto and Senior Beverage Manager at Eataly Downtown's Osteria della Pace. While serving as lead sommelier at Tarry Lodge they won Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world. He is an expert on the wines of Irpinia and has been interviewed by Today.com, Cooking Channel, Corriere della Sera and has appeared on Rai Italia for his advice on the best wines of Southern Italy.
Our Home in Italy - Borgo La Pietraia
On the mountain road between Paestum and Capaccio is Borgo La Pietraia. In collaboration with renowned architect Nicola Pagliara, the Scariati family created this modern agriturismo to look like a small village. Above all, the Scariatis, who have lived in Capaccio for centuries, want to share the beauty of the Cilento countryside and the bright blue horizon overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea.
Borgo La Pietraia enjoys a majestic panorama of mountains and sea stretching from the Sorrento peninsula to the Cilento coast. The buildings and terraces are all built from local stone, making the property feel as though it grows organically from the landscape, in complete harmony with nature. It is a true paradise insulated with pomegranate and olive trees and scented by hedges of bay leaves, rosemary and other Mediterranean herbs and flowers.
All rooms have:
- En suite bathrooms with luxury showers, a heated towel rack and a bidet
- Private terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea with table, chairs and a lounge chair
- Air conditioning and heating units that can are set by the guests
- Flat screen television
Borgo La Pietraia also has:
- FOOD Restaurant, an on-premises fine dining restaurant serving New Italian cuisine inspired by local products
- A swimming pool with sea views open between mid-May and late September