@thecheekychef and @digiovannawine have teamed up for this special summer giveaway. enter below to win a free 3l box of gerbino organic extra v****n olive oil made in sambuca di sicilia during the 2019 harvest and a seasonal recipe from @thecheekychef . this gorgeous olive oil packaging was designed by our friend @crown9studios in nyc.
the di giovanna family’s unfiltered liquid gold is a blend of #biancolilla and #nocellaradelbelice olives that give this medium intensity #evoo its pale green color, complex grassy/floral aromas, and a mild peppery zip. a favorite in the cheeky cucina for nearly 10 years!
#wheninitaly visit santuario madonna della corona (sanctuary of the lady of the crown) in ferrara di monte baldo, italy
originally the secluded shelf was home to a hermitage where holy men could come for silent reflection, completely removed from the rest of the world. the actual church was built in 1530 and the site became a chapel for anyone wanting to pay pilgrimage and contemplate the nature of god in peace.
On our half-day trip to mount etna (the highest active volcano in europe), the scenic road to reach the cable car area passes through spectacular vineyards, amazing alpine vegetation and small beautiful medieval villages.
enjoy a walk around the extinct craters and an easy/moderate trek with an expert guide to the summit where the lunar landscape and stunning views will take your breath away.
Writing on the road. this is the second leg of my southern italy research trip. i am so excited to share everything with you in my upcoming travel guide, coming out next year with hachette book group and @moonguides.
get a taste in my insta story highlights:
This is exactly what i have been looking for on this trip. a place where people truly love their land and have built something so incredibly well-designed, warm, and functional as a way to share their corner of the world with guests who make the trip out here to see it.
mother-daughter duo, maria grazia and chiara are generous, kind, “spiritose” and creative. they have built this masseria from scratch in the heart maria and paolo’s hometown of manduria.
if you’ve been dreaming of a visit to masseria potenti, make a point to get here as soon as you can. it’s all that i thought it would be and a million times more.
Day 5: morning in the fishing village of gallipoli and a peaceful evening at masseria potenti
gallipoli reminds me so much of ortigia with its historic center on a small island at the tip of the city. there are a lot of tourists and the streets are filled with trash souvenir shops and bad examples of salentine food products. pero....
if you know what to look for, a savvy traveler can fall in love with this city.
the fishing boats unload regional specialties like #gamberirossidigallipoli in the early morning and the fish market sets up stalls with locally farmed mussels and local oysters, ricci di mare and hand-dug clams. men sit on the docks, mending their fishing nets near the port and hand-weave “nassa” fishing traps from their small garages along the walled coast. the town center is filled with intricate underground olive presses, amazing restaurants actually do exist, and precious boutiques are hidden away but still available for a great day of touring, shopping and people watching in the glorious town of gallipoli.
They call lecce the “florence of the south”. the white stone streets may be filled with tourists, but how can you blame them? there’s a stunning church in nearly every piazza. it’s a great city to base yourself in while exploring the salento.
day 4: city explorations and a slow sunday
i personally hate driving. maybe it was all those years in nyc or just my new “centro storico” life on foot; but after a few days on the road, i was burned out. 🚙
i refueled with a caffè in ghiacco and rustico hot pocket™️ then spent the day exploring the city of lecce. top it off with a bar blasting 80’s italian disco jams all night and too much vino with @silvestro_silvestori.