From Italy with Love

Leaving San Francisco on Air France to Paris and on to Milan. Very good service but a very long flight. Can anyone sleep well on an airplane? Arriving in Milan with 8 bags is a miracle, as only one, Elisabeth’s books, were left in Paris. They caught up with us but the thought of lost reference books needed for graduate school put a damper on our arrival. Air France was good about locating the bag and delivered it to our hotel that evening.

So Milan is the center of manufacturing and business, a huge city. But the center of the city is the duomo,church, and is the center of religion. It is the largest church outside of Rome. They are in preparation for the Pope’s visit next month. Milan is old, beautiful, and crowded,with tiny streets from the times of horses and carriages. We walked through the Sforza castle to the duomo and to La scala, the opera house. Each street has its own trattoria with excellent food and friendly people. We ate at the al Vecchio Porco, the old pig, our first evening. We enjoyed beautifully presented simple dishes of pasta with pork ragu; spaghetti with cippolini onions and roasted tomatoes; and papperdella with zucchini flowers. The cheese peccorino with pear was simply outstanding.

Last night wemeet Elisabeth’s friends at la cantina … Appetizers were Cheese-stuffed zucchini blossoms, bruschetta with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, beef carpaccio with olive oil, and vegetables with a sweet and sour sauce called agrodolci. Pasta with fish, tuna with vegetables, raviolo (large ravioli) stuffed with fresh burrata cheese was the best. The depth and variety of flavors is a hallmark of the preparations. The gelato is perfect and I will continue to sample as many varieties as I can. The crema made with fresh thick cream is of heaven.

One of Elisabeth’s friends comes from Sardinia where her family has 2,000 sheep and makes fresh and aged cheese. We will try to import some for our kitchen. I am planning to visit Sardinia to make cheese within the next year.

 

Today is Wednesday. We are on the train to visit Pieralisi company, which made our mill. Our destination is Jesi on the Adriatic coast. That should be amazing to be on the Adriatic sea on the east coast of Italy. The central train station in Milan is a huge and magnificent building. There is a lot of help but having Elisabeth so fluent in Italian makes our transitions much easier. Most Italians in large cities speak English but “please” “thank you” and “central treni” is good to know. Coffee is beyond lovely, not acid just perfecto. So on the train we can see vast fields of corn and rice. Near the tracks are tiny plots of land for personal gardens. Beautifully kept secrets. Trellises for beans and tripods for tomatoes. Each balcony has a garden with geraniums the color of fire and impatiens the color of peaches and cream.

Along the tracks are beautiful really old houses and barns ,each the color of red brick. But a red brick of ancient times. Plaster colors are vivid yellows, ochers, creams, and pale greens. The Italians are classic,the women so well dressed. Across the aisle on the train is a gentleman with the looks of a Roman lawyer perfectly dressed in a linen jacket the color of the sky and hand pressed jeans, cell phone in hand drinking espresso. Va bene. It is good.

We will be traveling through Modena, where Elisabeth lived two summers ago. It is where the classic balsamic vinegar is produced. We will try to establish a source to purchase for our retail room and kitchen.

Arrived in Ancona and transferred to a train to Jesi. Met by Denis Animali, director of sales. Toured the facility where the mills are made. Saw the augers that go inside the centrifuges. So now we can better explain our process to guests. Met with the director general of Pieralisi, Ralf Bajorat, about support and changes to the software packages that would make our procedures improve greatly. Very productive meeting that should help us and Pieralisi. Met with some of the engineers who had built our mill on site. Like meeting old friends, it was wonderful.

Dinner at Vintage Enoteca Osteria in Ancona. This was one of the most special dinners we have ever had as a family. A long-time family friend of Denis Anamali owns the restaurant and prepares the dishes. There are only 5 tables and we were made to feel at home. We began with Verdicchio white wine from the local area. Cold, slightly green, herbaceous, and very balanced and refreshing. Then the food: an ongoing splendor from the local sea. Tuna carpaccio with olive oil, marinated small squid in herbs and olives, mantis shrimp the size of small lobsters with a green olive oil and herb sauce. Then tiny, tiny snails in a spicy herbs sauce, that you used a toothpick to get out of the shell. Small clams with cumin broth, fresh mussels with onion and tomatoes right in the sea clear broth. Then huge succulent oysters from nearby that tasted like the ocean. Out came baked scallops in a huge shell. Another Verdecchio from the local area. Again fresh and clean with minerality that just freshens your mouth. Whole fish baked served at table and vegetables: baby zucchini, peppers, onions, mint, and asparagus. All baked in a temperature and humidity controlled oven. The dessert was a mousse of lemon cream and beautiful fresh cherries, melons, and strawberries. A really well made espresso with saltambuco just made the evening perfect. We then walked to an old hill town to see the ocean and look at 1,000 year old arches. Walking is the best after a special meal. The hill town was quiet, only punctuated with laughter from the gelato stand. HOME TO BED and rest as it is 11pm. We leave at 8 am to go to Tuscany and Umbria, to see olive mills like ours and enjoy the Italian countryside. We will end up in Sienna then back to Jesi, a long day.

Our gifts to Denis were special pepper seeds from Erickson ranch. Denis had told me last year that his family and grand father, grows a large garden and he was thrilled to see seeds from a different pepper. For Tamara, his girlfriend, a beautiful lavender eye pillow from Girl on the Hill lavender and vineyards. Denis is looking forward to tasting their Malbec to compare it to many he has had in South America.

 

We began another day at 8am with a drive to Tuscany, past Cortona, through the mountains of the Appenines, a four-hour drive to visit 2 mills. OL MA has 6 processing lines, and has 1,200 cooperative members. They bring in the olives starting in October and work 24 hours per day into December. It is a huge plant and they sell to top American food distributors. The tour was amazing to see the extent of the facilities. The ability to ask questions and find out the little things that really make a difference is very precious. We met the representative for the area and had lunch at a very small restaurant. Again simple food made very well. Bruschetta with mushrooms, and another with sausage. Beautiful gran a padana cheese and sheep cheese served with lovely fragrant local honey. The next mill high in the hills of Tuscany was built into the mountain and completely enclosed as to not make any noise during milling season. Absolutely impeccably clean and configured very differently than ours, but very functional. It has a roof garden for camouflage and thermal protection. Walking around the mill it is clear that the owner takes great pride in his work and milling skill. We heard a real coo coo bird singing in the forest next to the mill.

Now on to the hill town of Montepulciano. A magnificent old town in Tuscany with 1,000 year old gates and ruins from ancient times. We tasted some Gaia wine, from the Sangiovese grape, that some consider the world’s best. Sitting under a portico looking at an ancient statue drinking wine snacking on olive oil and garlic soaked grilled bread is good for the soul. It threatened rain but we only heard thunder. Of course we bought some of the local brands to try over the next few days. Then an espresso and we headed home to Jesi, another 4 hours. The drive back was very special, seeing all the hill towns, the new wheat growing, red poppies, and of course all the olive trees and grape vines. Every house no matter how big or small always had a perfectly cared for garden, including fava beans, tomatoes, artichokes, spring beans, lettuce, and chard. Cherries are in season and each tree is loaded and glimmering red. We got home at 11:30 and dove into bed with still full stomachs and good thoughts of oil, food and wine.

 

Saturday, May 26

Up at 7 am breakfast of all sorts of tarts, fruit,cheese, and a few extra cappuccinos. Then off to visit 2 more mills, very close to Jesi. Both run centrifuges like ours but also have stones to crush the olives to paste. Old traditions die hard and many olive growers will only use stones. The stones give a softer oil but it does not last very long, as all the polyphenols are oxidized. Good to taste the differences. We tasted a lovely lemon oil that is co-milled with the olives. Lunch at his restaurant was equally amazing. Pasta with wild boar, polenta and flour mixed and rolled with spinach and cheese and cooked in water then covered with cheese. Fresh beet greens with their own oil and roasted vegetables, seasonal from the garden and lovely. Cheese plate with farm fresh local cow and aged sheep cheese, amazing. We found a pet goat to talk to after lunch that kept us laughing.

Now on to Jesi and the annual festival of spring celebration, the paolio. Drums, kings, ladies, and local nobilities paraded around all evening. There were fire eaters and falconers. We tasted cinghale and roasted pig sandwiches that were so succulent. By 10 pm we were all very tired but headed to the gelato store for treats. Lemon, pistachio, crema, chocolate, and strawberry – each better than the next.

Sunday off to Urbino to tour the palace,eat some more then say good bye to our most gracious host Denis Anamali and off to Milan to pick up Elisabeth’s bags and head on Monday to Bra and her graduate school.

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Denise Caracciolo- Guastamacchia
Denise Caracciolo- Guastamacchia
2018-04-11T17:10:41+0000
Lovely place. Did the olive oil tastings. Cute display. And then got to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views. Ate a wonderful charcuterie board that was presented magnificently. Staff was delightful as well. You won’t be disappointedread more
Tracy Ann Tighe
Tracy Ann Tighe
2018-03-29T23:40:10+0000
Becky Haver Guillett
Becky Haver Guillett
2018-03-25T22:16:11+0000
Wonderful tasting experience! Warm and welcoming, beautiful setting, and delicious oils. The owner made us feel like family. The food pairings were an unexpected treat. And olive oil gelato- who knew? So good. We will definitely be back.read more
Chris Leyden
Chris Leyden
2018-02-14T00:58:41+0000
Mary Ebner
Mary Ebner
2018-01-26T19:39:39+0000
Great tour! Highly recommended! We learned a lot of new facts about olive oil. Great clean place and Joe was a great host! Loved it.read more
Kellie Vitaich
Kellie Vitaich
2018-01-19T19:03:43+0000
The olive oil tasting was delicious and so informative. The food pairings took it over the top. Great offerings in the shop and we all enjoyed the wine tasting as well. Definitely worth a stop! Can’t wait to go back.read more
Lindsey Hickman
Lindsey Hickman
2017-12-29T15:53:11+0000
The olive oil experience was AMAZING!! The charcuterie plate is over the top and the wine is superb!
Ana Webster
Ana Webster
2017-10-18T14:37:34+0000
Best olive oil ever,best gelato in town olive oil my favorite gelato flavor !
Robin Suzanne Mack
Robin Suzanne Mack
2017-10-01T04:17:06+0000
Came by and had a olive oil tasting...it also came with food bites to showcase how you could use their oils...we also tried their olive oil gelato with a drizzle of lemon olive oil...amazing!!!! The views are amazing out the picture windows!read more
Jennifer Lujan
Jennifer Lujan
2017-09-18T02:00:25+0000
The staff Libby & Mark were amazing! We had the Olive oil and wine flight. The olive oils spanned the entire spectrum from light to bold and daring. The mandarin infused oil is delicious with watermelon. They serve ultra premium wine without the ultra premium price. The kids enjoyed the Gelato and checkers on the patio. We will be definitely be back.read more
Kim Pollock
Kim Pollock
2017-09-11T03:13:25+0000
Madeline Morse
Madeline Morse
2017-09-06T05:20:03+0000
We brought Lucy here on our way to Napa. I was so impressed how attentive and kind the staff was. The people and surroundings were so inviting; the Olive Oil was amazing. We have tasted in many cities, but the Moraiolo here in Fairfield is the best. We will definitely return!read more
Susana Sanchez Martinez
Susana Sanchez Martinez
2017-08-05T21:19:11+0000
Great educational place and beautiful! That's means a California is a Golden state!
Melany Enstad Anaya
Melany Enstad Anaya
2017-07-24T04:57:49+0000
Great to learn about olive oil, the presentation was very informative and interesting! I bought several bottles.The gelato is awesome too!!read more
Roel Fernandez
Roel Fernandez
2017-07-23T23:47:10+0000
Polly Geren
Polly Geren
2017-07-18T23:47:55+0000
The tasting was fun and informative. Super nice people and loved the olive oil gelato!
Elvia Rodriguez
Elvia Rodriguez
2017-07-17T23:10:06+0000
Jane Evans Bonacci
Jane Evans Bonacci
2017-07-17T19:39:43+0000
Fun excursion, outstanding service and information about making olive oils. This is a wonderful place for a weekend outing!read more
Julie Marie
Julie Marie
2017-07-17T00:14:08+0000
Did an olive oil tasting and it was both tasty and educational. Left with a couple of olive oils and a white peach infused balsamic. Yum! Looking forward to bringing others next time!read more
Stringer Bill
Stringer Bill
2017-07-13T13:49:25+0000
Michelle Walker-Wade
Michelle Walker-Wade
2017-07-08T23:59:18+0000
Loved the experience as well as the products we brought home.
Angie Lozano-Galvan
Angie Lozano-Galvan
2017-07-07T02:40:14+0000
Always always attentive staff who make you feel at home. Gelato is our favorite!! Enjoying it outside on a cozy chair taking in the peaceful scenery makes gelato even better! I have attended a chefs dinner and the food was extraordinary!read more
Chris Gilbert
Chris Gilbert
2017-07-02T02:55:16+0000
Lezlie Gladman Teter
Lezlie Gladman Teter
2017-06-05T23:03:10+0000
Had an enjoyable afternoon learning about lavender and olive oil. Had a nice tasting of oils and wines. I even brought home a Sunday dinner bag! I will return.read more
Jessica Ramos
Jessica Ramos
2017-06-05T02:55:11+0000
Absolutely beautiful farm, you'll feel like you've been transported to Italy. Worth a visit any time!
Heidi Weiss
Heidi Weiss
2017-05-27T23:23:25+0000
Great educational tasting, fabulous olive oils and very unique food pairings all in a beautiful tranquil setting with delightful people. Don't forget the wines, some real gems!read more
Mark DeWeerdt
Mark DeWeerdt
2017-05-23T04:08:11+0000
Lemon olive oil my new favorite. We also picked up some new balsamic! Thanks for your guidance, Ron
Enza Sebastiani
Enza Sebastiani
2017-05-21T04:28:24+0000
Fantastic experience! Delicious olive oil and atmosphere!
Samantha Lakhan
Samantha Lakhan
2017-05-14T21:58:06+0000
Susan Kern- Carter
Susan Kern- Carter
2017-04-23T22:06:10+0000
Cymantha Nicole
Cymantha Nicole
2017-04-20T04:25:49+0000
Had olive oil gelato today!! 1st time smooth and yummy.. Will be back..
Lisa Haas
Lisa Haas
2017-04-18T20:14:51+0000
Awesome tasting experience. I never knew what "fresh" olive oil was really like until I visited Il Fiorello!
Krista Noël Hoffman
Krista Noël Hoffman
2017-04-05T22:12:01+0000
Wendy Kuhn
Wendy Kuhn
2017-03-29T11:29:04+0000
Iris Raby
Iris Raby
2017-03-14T03:47:22+0000
Sonny McCumber
Sonny McCumber
2017-02-23T05:15:24+0000
Mark Dumas
Mark Dumas
2017-02-22T23:30:21+0000
Susan Julian Gates
Susan Julian Gates
2017-02-20T12:48:26+0000
We visited and had a private tasting. It was educational and tasty. Loved seeing the centrifuge press and the beautiful grove. We went back for dinner and were equally impressed with the food. A lovely evening with great music. The olive oils are all 5 star.read more
Pastor Wade
Pastor Wade
2017-02-07T01:47:56+0000
Loved the tour, educational and informative. The service was great and the food, oil, and cheese all exquisite. We will nevet purchase olive oil the same way again. Thank you Florello olive oil company.read more
Jeannette Stotts
Jeannette Stotts
2017-01-16T00:17:53+0000
The people there were so friendly, odrea, did the tasting, in never knew olive oil tasted so different, the chief made us a delightful lunch, the day was perfect, thank youread more
Renee' Randolph
Renee' Randolph
2017-01-15T06:42:53+0000
Brian Jensen
Brian Jensen
2016-12-29T02:45:43+0000
Great place to visit and the staff was very nice. Just a few miles from I-80, nestled in the rolling hills west of Fairfield is very relaxing. The tasting room is nicely arranged, the tasting room manager, Joe, served us a selection of olive oils, our favorite was the jalapeño lime. We are now members of "The Grove Club" and looking forward to returning for an olive oil cooking presentation to get recipe ideas.read more
G-Bird Hernandez
G-Bird Hernandez
2016-12-22T17:14:46+0000
Love love the balsamic vinegar! A friend gave me this from their trip and I recently opened it and tried it with my mom who was visiting. OMG when we tried it we were in heaven! It's Christmas time and I ordered balsamic vinegar and olive oil for my mother. When I discovered that the package was not received by my mother despite what FedEx had confirmed delivery, I immediately called IL Fiorello and they had handled the situation with such class and resent another package out and my mother was able to receive in time for Christmas!! THank you for great customer service and products!! Will always recommend and use your products! HAppy Holidays!read more
Jordan Equis
Jordan Equis
2016-12-17T23:02:17+0000
Gelato is LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michelle Sobel
Michelle Sobel
2016-12-04T21:48:47+0000
Domenica Kelley
Domenica Kelley
2016-11-29T00:21:14+0000
What great customer service and olive oils. Spent an afternoon here with friends and we all enjoyed ourselves. Would definitely return.read more
GIna Guzzo
GIna Guzzo
2016-11-28T00:32:45+0000
Fabulous on so many levels , I had a private little olive oil taste test and Gab was knowledgeable . Warm and inviting place . My soul left happy �read more
Quỳnh Becker
Quỳnh Becker
2016-11-12T11:45:17+0000
Denise Revel
Denise Revel
2016-11-01T23:21:14+0000
Great olive oil tasting....should be on your must -to- do list
Cathy R Senese-McCann
Cathy R Senese-McCann
2016-09-16T02:51:01+0000
Fantastic place!! Friendly and welcoming recommend visiting!!
Allison Barnhill
Allison Barnhill
2016-09-15T00:43:01+0000
My sons 23rd birthday and we came here! What fun!! Stephanie is the best, she even did a live Facebook feed with us!
Julie Thigpen
Julie Thigpen
2016-08-12T00:01:53+0000
This is one of the most welcoming, relaxing, and enjoyable places you can stop in wine country. I wish I'd discovered them sooner!read more
Martha Hine
Martha Hine
2016-08-05T01:28:46+0000
Had a group event at Il Fiorello and it was fantastic. Wish I lived in the area and could go back regularly. I definitely will be back when I'm in the area. Great food, great class, interesting to learn about olive oil milling, and most of all, fun!read more
Jullie Johnson-Johnson
Jullie Johnson-Johnson
2016-06-03T01:45:51+0000
I went for the first time today. Mark was excellent. Food, surroundings, and service were 10+ My purchase is already on the way home/Houston! Wonderful.read more
Anlin Manalili
Anlin Manalili
2016-05-06T22:04:00+0000
Edward Lucero
Edward Lucero
2016-05-05T18:51:30+0000
Anthony Delgado
Anthony Delgado
2016-04-23T23:47:59+0000
Absolutely great place. The oil tasting was on par with the best wine tastings. We had their oil and wine tasting (that came with small bites of exotic foods) and felt like we robbed them with their low tasting fee. A definite "must do" if you're in the area!!!!read more
Kat Black
Kat Black
2016-04-04T17:39:11+0000
I was not a fan of olive oil per se, but my boyfriend was and he took me to Il Fiorello. They completely changed my view of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Il Fiorello is a North Bay gem that deserves all the praise it can get. It's located in sprawling vineyards in the in Suisun Valley, which is north of I-680 towards Napa. It's a beautiful short drive. It is surrounded by oilve orchards. Just stunning surroundings, with an amazing experience of olive oil and balsamic tastings. I never knew that olive oil could be so incredibly tasty. It's not your mamma's olive oil! I highly recommend Il Fiorello for the venue, the special care service and an awesome adventure into the world of olive oil. You WILL NOT be disappointed.read more
Missy Bell-Chester
Missy Bell-Chester
2016-02-09T17:06:57+0000
This place is amazing. We got to tour with the owner she was very informative. We also met her Husband who was wonderful as well. I highly recommend you visit here. Their products are amazing ♡♡.read more
Liz Ayala
Liz Ayala
2016-01-31T04:50:20+0000
Mary Ann Zewald Atkinson
Mary Ann Zewald Atkinson
2015-11-19T13:15:53+0000
Had a great time very knowledgeable and the people there just fantastic
Rosalind Pittman
Rosalind Pittman
2015-11-02T05:20:43+0000
Ramona Pittman
Ramona Pittman
2015-11-02T04:30:07+0000
Great tasting and great products!!' I really enjoyed tasting the various balsamic vinegars.
Rikke Kim Pedersen Hogg
Rikke Kim Pedersen Hogg
2015-10-27T04:17:14+0000
Callum Hogg
Callum Hogg
2015-10-24T01:39:32+0000
Zenny Cuevas
Zenny Cuevas
2015-10-12T21:24:57+0000
This is an awesome and very interesting place!!! I am an olive oil fan so I completely fell in love with this place. They not only have a variety of olive oil bottles.for sale but also have their own wine tasting and a garm tour!! The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. I definitely recommend it and will be back with my friends.read more
Meghan Stuart
Meghan Stuart
2015-10-06T07:48:33+0000
Dinh Vail
Dinh Vail
2015-09-27T05:36:12+0000
Came out knowing a lot about olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Tasting of the stuff was reasonably inexpensive so worth it. Bought some back home.read more
RoSalie N Crain
RoSalie N Crain
2015-09-26T15:22:06+0000
Scot Mac
Scot Mac
2015-06-13T05:40:01+0000
I really enjoyed the olive oil tasting and learned a lot. Have never tried olive oil this way. If you like olive oil this is a must stop.read more
Philip Graham
Philip Graham
2015-06-02T22:51:55+0000
Keatley Garvey
Keatley Garvey
2015-04-04T23:30:34+0000
This place is amazing! A must see! Love the olive oils!
Marissa Andersson-Beharry
Marissa Andersson-Beharry
2015-03-04T20:21:14+0000
I'm eating popcorn drizzled with your lime infused oil right now ... hooked!
Jennifer Crisp
Jennifer Crisp
2014-12-05T16:34:01+0000
I absolutely LOVE this place! I visited this past summer from the East Coast and had the most incredible Olive Oil tasting!! The best olive oils and vinegars I have ever tasted!!read more
Mary Ellen Smith
Mary Ellen Smith
2014-09-28T15:17:31+0000
Good stuff
Christopher Hulett
Christopher Hulett
2014-06-23T23:04:32+0000
Katrina Prekurat Pearson
Katrina Prekurat Pearson
2014-06-22T02:28:32+0000
Uncorked is fabulous! Great Event. Felt very welcomed!
Inger Wilson
Inger Wilson
2014-05-30T03:49:08+0000
I love this gem! The oil tastings are really well done. All of the oils and vinegars are so delicious. I only buy olive oil and balsamic from here!read more
Rosemarie Menjivar Leonardi
Rosemarie Menjivar Leonardi
2014-02-26T06:43:03+0000
Christie Tornikoski
Christie Tornikoski
2014-02-20T18:51:14+0000
Sairalyn Reyes Ansano
Sairalyn Reyes Ansano
2014-02-10T20:50:32+0000
So friendly and well organized. We'll never go back to buying super-market olive oils. A must do if in the area.
Josh Ostrout-Hixon
Josh Ostrout-Hixon
2014-01-26T23:43:28+0000
Larry Houchins
Larry Houchins
2014-01-26T18:51:37+0000
Maureen Loza Dodson
Maureen Loza Dodson
2013-12-31T17:33:35+0000
Desarae McColley
Desarae McColley
2013-12-09T20:51:44+0000
Annelise Schaufel
Annelise Schaufel
2013-12-02T18:32:36+0000
Beth Ellen Ethridge
Beth Ellen Ethridge
2013-11-30T20:33:42+0000
Kelli Sandoval Wellhausen
Kelli Sandoval Wellhausen
2013-11-03T05:45:42+0000
Diana Nitsche-Geringer
Diana Nitsche-Geringer
2013-09-29T03:41:27+0000
Beth Niles
Beth Niles
2013-09-28T16:24:15+0000
Daniel Lavell
Daniel Lavell
2013-09-28T04:22:37+0000
Debra Lee Andersohn
Debra Lee Andersohn
2013-09-26T04:27:42+0000
Nidia Amaya
Nidia Amaya
2013-08-13T02:24:15+0000
Kim Inkster Prater
Kim Inkster Prater
2013-08-12T12:54:37+0000
Mandi Jean de Witte
Mandi Jean de Witte
2013-08-09T15:57:32+0000
Jennifer Hatin Hamilton
Jennifer Hatin Hamilton
2013-07-21T18:25:16+0000
Jojo Cortez
Jojo Cortez
2013-07-13T03:49:16+0000
Patricia Cassity Brosio
Patricia Cassity Brosio
2013-06-28T18:32:21+0000
Lori Hill
Lori Hill
2013-06-26T04:33:44+0000
Ruth Harrop
Ruth Harrop
2013-06-06T22:42:33+0000
Tiffany Hill
Tiffany Hill
2013-06-05T22:12:50+0000
Nancy Togami
Nancy Togami
2013-05-06T00:40:47+0000
Carol Dalamangas
Carol Dalamangas
2013-05-04T21:03:18+0000
Patty Nyquist
Patty Nyquist
2013-05-02T05:53:17+0000
Debbie Hafner Parris
Debbie Hafner Parris
2013-01-12T03:31:09+0000
Valbruzzoli Cristian
Valbruzzoli Cristian
2012-12-08T21:11:22+0000
Gabriel Hernandez
Gabriel Hernandez
2012-11-02T05:38:02+0000
Jake Hutchison
Jake Hutchison
2012-10-24T23:54:41+0000
Wilhelm K Pechtal
Wilhelm K Pechtal
2012-10-24T20:25:47+0000
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Denise Caracciolo- Guastamacchia
Denise Caracciolo- Guastamacchia
2018-04-11T17:10:41+0000
Lovely place. Did the olive oil tastings. Cute display. And then got to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views. Ate a wonderful charcuterie board that was presented magnificently. Staff was delightful as well. You won’t be disappointedread more
Tracy Ann Tighe
Tracy Ann Tighe
2018-03-29T23:40:10+0000
Becky Haver Guillett
Becky Haver Guillett
2018-03-25T22:16:11+0000
Wonderful tasting experience! Warm and welcoming, beautiful setting, and delicious oils. The owner made us feel like family. The food pairings were an unexpected treat. And olive oil gelato- who knew? So good. We will definitely be back.read more
Chris Leyden
Chris Leyden
2018-02-14T00:58:41+0000
Mary Ebner
Mary Ebner
2018-01-26T19:39:39+0000
Great tour! Highly recommended! We learned a lot of new facts about olive oil. Great clean place and Joe was a great host! Loved it.read more
Kellie Vitaich
Kellie Vitaich
2018-01-19T19:03:43+0000
The olive oil tasting was delicious and so informative. The food pairings took it over the top. Great offerings in the shop and we all enjoyed the wine tasting as well. Definitely worth a stop! Can’t wait to go back.read more
Lindsey Hickman
Lindsey Hickman
2017-12-29T15:53:11+0000
The olive oil experience was AMAZING!! The charcuterie plate is over the top and the wine is superb!
Ana Webster
Ana Webster
2017-10-18T14:37:34+0000
Best olive oil ever,best gelato in town olive oil my favorite gelato flavor !
Robin Suzanne Mack
Robin Suzanne Mack
2017-10-01T04:17:06+0000
Came by and had a olive oil tasting...it also came with food bites to showcase how you could use their oils...we also tried their olive oil gelato with a drizzle of lemon olive oil...amazing!!!! The views are amazing out the picture windows!read more
Jennifer Lujan
Jennifer Lujan
2017-09-18T02:00:25+0000
The staff Libby & Mark were amazing! We had the Olive oil and wine flight. The olive oils spanned the entire spectrum from light to bold and daring. The mandarin infused oil is delicious with watermelon. They serve ultra premium wine without the ultra premium price. The kids enjoyed the Gelato and checkers on the patio. We will be definitely be back.read more
Kim Pollock
Kim Pollock
2017-09-11T03:13:25+0000
Madeline Morse
Madeline Morse
2017-09-06T05:20:03+0000
We brought Lucy here on our way to Napa. I was so impressed how attentive and kind the staff was. The people and surroundings were so inviting; the Olive Oil was amazing. We have tasted in many cities, but the Moraiolo here in Fairfield is the best. We will definitely return!read more
Susana Sanchez Martinez
Susana Sanchez Martinez
2017-08-05T21:19:11+0000
Great educational place and beautiful! That's means a California is a Golden state!
Melany Enstad Anaya
Melany Enstad Anaya
2017-07-24T04:57:49+0000
Great to learn about olive oil, the presentation was very informative and interesting! I bought several bottles.The gelato is awesome too!!read more
Roel Fernandez
Roel Fernandez
2017-07-23T23:47:10+0000
Polly Geren
Polly Geren
2017-07-18T23:47:55+0000
The tasting was fun and informative. Super nice people and loved the olive oil gelato!
Elvia Rodriguez
Elvia Rodriguez
2017-07-17T23:10:06+0000
Jane Evans Bonacci
Jane Evans Bonacci
2017-07-17T19:39:43+0000
Fun excursion, outstanding service and information about making olive oils. This is a wonderful place for a weekend outing!read more
Julie Marie
Julie Marie
2017-07-17T00:14:08+0000
Did an olive oil tasting and it was both tasty and educational. Left with a couple of olive oils and a white peach infused balsamic. Yum! Looking forward to bringing others next time!read more
Stringer Bill
Stringer Bill
2017-07-13T13:49:25+0000
Michelle Walker-Wade
Michelle Walker-Wade
2017-07-08T23:59:18+0000
Loved the experience as well as the products we brought home.
Angie Lozano-Galvan
Angie Lozano-Galvan
2017-07-07T02:40:14+0000
Always always attentive staff who make you feel at home. Gelato is our favorite!! Enjoying it outside on a cozy chair taking in the peaceful scenery makes gelato even better! I have attended a chefs dinner and the food was extraordinary!read more
Chris Gilbert
Chris Gilbert
2017-07-02T02:55:16+0000
Lezlie Gladman Teter
Lezlie Gladman Teter
2017-06-05T23:03:10+0000
Had an enjoyable afternoon learning about lavender and olive oil. Had a nice tasting of oils and wines. I even brought home a Sunday dinner bag! I will return.read more
Jessica Ramos
Jessica Ramos
2017-06-05T02:55:11+0000
Absolutely beautiful farm, you'll feel like you've been transported to Italy. Worth a visit any time!
Heidi Weiss
Heidi Weiss
2017-05-27T23:23:25+0000
Great educational tasting, fabulous olive oils and very unique food pairings all in a beautiful tranquil setting with delightful people. Don't forget the wines, some real gems!read more
Mark DeWeerdt
Mark DeWeerdt
2017-05-23T04:08:11+0000
Lemon olive oil my new favorite. We also picked up some new balsamic! Thanks for your guidance, Ron
Enza Sebastiani
Enza Sebastiani
2017-05-21T04:28:24+0000
Fantastic experience! Delicious olive oil and atmosphere!
Samantha Lakhan
Samantha Lakhan
2017-05-14T21:58:06+0000
Susan Kern- Carter
Susan Kern- Carter
2017-04-23T22:06:10+0000
Cymantha Nicole
Cymantha Nicole
2017-04-20T04:25:49+0000
Had olive oil gelato today!! 1st time smooth and yummy.. Will be back..
Lisa Haas
Lisa Haas
2017-04-18T20:14:51+0000
Awesome tasting experience. I never knew what "fresh" olive oil was really like until I visited Il Fiorello!
Krista Noël Hoffman
Krista Noël Hoffman
2017-04-05T22:12:01+0000
Wendy Kuhn
Wendy Kuhn
2017-03-29T11:29:04+0000
Iris Raby
Iris Raby
2017-03-14T03:47:22+0000
Sonny McCumber
Sonny McCumber
2017-02-23T05:15:24+0000
Mark Dumas
Mark Dumas
2017-02-22T23:30:21+0000
Susan Julian Gates
Susan Julian Gates
2017-02-20T12:48:26+0000
We visited and had a private tasting. It was educational and tasty. Loved seeing the centrifuge press and the beautiful grove. We went back for dinner and were equally impressed with the food. A lovely evening with great music. The olive oils are all 5 star.read more
Pastor Wade
Pastor Wade
2017-02-07T01:47:56+0000
Loved the tour, educational and informative. The service was great and the food, oil, and cheese all exquisite. We will nevet purchase olive oil the same way again. Thank you Florello olive oil company.read more
Jeannette Stotts
Jeannette Stotts
2017-01-16T00:17:53+0000
The people there were so friendly, odrea, did the tasting, in never knew olive oil tasted so different, the chief made us a delightful lunch, the day was perfect, thank youread more
Renee' Randolph
Renee' Randolph
2017-01-15T06:42:53+0000
Brian Jensen
Brian Jensen
2016-12-29T02:45:43+0000
Great place to visit and the staff was very nice. Just a few miles from I-80, nestled in the rolling hills west of Fairfield is very relaxing. The tasting room is nicely arranged, the tasting room manager, Joe, served us a selection of olive oils, our favorite was the jalapeño lime. We are now members of "The Grove Club" and looking forward to returning for an olive oil cooking presentation to get recipe ideas.read more
G-Bird Hernandez
G-Bird Hernandez
2016-12-22T17:14:46+0000
Love love the balsamic vinegar! A friend gave me this from their trip and I recently opened it and tried it with my mom who was visiting. OMG when we tried it we were in heaven! It's Christmas time and I ordered balsamic vinegar and olive oil for my mother. When I discovered that the package was not received by my mother despite what FedEx had confirmed delivery, I immediately called IL Fiorello and they had handled the situation with such class and resent another package out and my mother was able to receive in time for Christmas!! THank you for great customer service and products!! Will always recommend and use your products! HAppy Holidays!read more
Jordan Equis
Jordan Equis
2016-12-17T23:02:17+0000
Gelato is LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michelle Sobel
Michelle Sobel
2016-12-04T21:48:47+0000
Domenica Kelley
Domenica Kelley
2016-11-29T00:21:14+0000
What great customer service and olive oils. Spent an afternoon here with friends and we all enjoyed ourselves. Would definitely return.read more
GIna Guzzo
GIna Guzzo
2016-11-28T00:32:45+0000
Fabulous on so many levels , I had a private little olive oil taste test and Gab was knowledgeable . Warm and inviting place . My soul left happy �read more
Quỳnh Becker
Quỳnh Becker
2016-11-12T11:45:17+0000
Denise Revel
Denise Revel
2016-11-01T23:21:14+0000
Great olive oil tasting....should be on your must -to- do list
Cathy R Senese-McCann
Cathy R Senese-McCann
2016-09-16T02:51:01+0000
Fantastic place!! Friendly and welcoming recommend visiting!!
Allison Barnhill
Allison Barnhill
2016-09-15T00:43:01+0000
My sons 23rd birthday and we came here! What fun!! Stephanie is the best, she even did a live Facebook feed with us!
Julie Thigpen
Julie Thigpen
2016-08-12T00:01:53+0000
This is one of the most welcoming, relaxing, and enjoyable places you can stop in wine country. I wish I'd discovered them sooner!read more
Martha Hine
Martha Hine
2016-08-05T01:28:46+0000
Had a group event at Il Fiorello and it was fantastic. Wish I lived in the area and could go back regularly. I definitely will be back when I'm in the area. Great food, great class, interesting to learn about olive oil milling, and most of all, fun!read more
Jullie Johnson-Johnson
Jullie Johnson-Johnson
2016-06-03T01:45:51+0000
I went for the first time today. Mark was excellent. Food, surroundings, and service were 10+ My purchase is already on the way home/Houston! Wonderful.read more
Anlin Manalili
Anlin Manalili
2016-05-06T22:04:00+0000
Edward Lucero
Edward Lucero
2016-05-05T18:51:30+0000
Anthony Delgado
Anthony Delgado
2016-04-23T23:47:59+0000
Absolutely great place. The oil tasting was on par with the best wine tastings. We had their oil and wine tasting (that came with small bites of exotic foods) and felt like we robbed them with their low tasting fee. A definite "must do" if you're in the area!!!!read more
Kat Black
Kat Black
2016-04-04T17:39:11+0000
I was not a fan of olive oil per se, but my boyfriend was and he took me to Il Fiorello. They completely changed my view of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Il Fiorello is a North Bay gem that deserves all the praise it can get. It's located in sprawling vineyards in the in Suisun Valley, which is north of I-680 towards Napa. It's a beautiful short drive. It is surrounded by oilve orchards. Just stunning surroundings, with an amazing experience of olive oil and balsamic tastings. I never knew that olive oil could be so incredibly tasty. It's not your mamma's olive oil! I highly recommend Il Fiorello for the venue, the special care service and an awesome adventure into the world of olive oil. You WILL NOT be disappointed.read more
Missy Bell-Chester
Missy Bell-Chester
2016-02-09T17:06:57+0000
This place is amazing. We got to tour with the owner she was very informative. We also met her Husband who was wonderful as well. I highly recommend you visit here. Their products are amazing ♡♡.read more
Liz Ayala
Liz Ayala
2016-01-31T04:50:20+0000
Mary Ann Zewald Atkinson
Mary Ann Zewald Atkinson
2015-11-19T13:15:53+0000
Had a great time very knowledgeable and the people there just fantastic
Rosalind Pittman
Rosalind Pittman
2015-11-02T05:20:43+0000
Ramona Pittman
Ramona Pittman
2015-11-02T04:30:07+0000
Great tasting and great products!!' I really enjoyed tasting the various balsamic vinegars.
Rikke Kim Pedersen Hogg
Rikke Kim Pedersen Hogg
2015-10-27T04:17:14+0000
Callum Hogg
Callum Hogg
2015-10-24T01:39:32+0000
Zenny Cuevas
Zenny Cuevas
2015-10-12T21:24:57+0000
This is an awesome and very interesting place!!! I am an olive oil fan so I completely fell in love with this place. They not only have a variety of olive oil bottles.for sale but also have their own wine tasting and a garm tour!! The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. I definitely recommend it and will be back with my friends.read more
Meghan Stuart
Meghan Stuart
2015-10-06T07:48:33+0000
Dinh Vail
Dinh Vail
2015-09-27T05:36:12+0000
Came out knowing a lot about olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Tasting of the stuff was reasonably inexpensive so worth it. Bought some back home.read more
RoSalie N Crain
RoSalie N Crain
2015-09-26T15:22:06+0000
Scot Mac
Scot Mac
2015-06-13T05:40:01+0000
I really enjoyed the olive oil tasting and learned a lot. Have never tried olive oil this way. If you like olive oil this is a must stop.read more
Philip Graham
Philip Graham
2015-06-02T22:51:55+0000
Keatley Garvey
Keatley Garvey
2015-04-04T23:30:34+0000
This place is amazing! A must see! Love the olive oils!
Marissa Andersson-Beharry
Marissa Andersson-Beharry
2015-03-04T20:21:14+0000
I'm eating popcorn drizzled with your lime infused oil right now ... hooked!
Jennifer Crisp
Jennifer Crisp
2014-12-05T16:34:01+0000
I absolutely LOVE this place! I visited this past summer from the East Coast and had the most incredible Olive Oil tasting!! The best olive oils and vinegars I have ever tasted!!read more
Mary Ellen Smith
Mary Ellen Smith
2014-09-28T15:17:31+0000
Good stuff
Christopher Hulett
Christopher Hulett
2014-06-23T23:04:32+0000
Katrina Prekurat Pearson
Katrina Prekurat Pearson
2014-06-22T02:28:32+0000
Uncorked is fabulous! Great Event. Felt very welcomed!
Inger Wilson
Inger Wilson
2014-05-30T03:49:08+0000
I love this gem! The oil tastings are really well done. All of the oils and vinegars are so delicious. I only buy olive oil and balsamic from here!read more
Rosemarie Menjivar Leonardi
Rosemarie Menjivar Leonardi
2014-02-26T06:43:03+0000
Christie Tornikoski
Christie Tornikoski
2014-02-20T18:51:14+0000
Sairalyn Reyes Ansano
Sairalyn Reyes Ansano
2014-02-10T20:50:32+0000
So friendly and well organized. We'll never go back to buying super-market olive oils. A must do if in the area.
Josh Ostrout-Hixon
Josh Ostrout-Hixon
2014-01-26T23:43:28+0000
Larry Houchins
Larry Houchins
2014-01-26T18:51:37+0000
Maureen Loza Dodson
Maureen Loza Dodson
2013-12-31T17:33:35+0000
Desarae McColley
Desarae McColley
2013-12-09T20:51:44+0000
Annelise Schaufel
Annelise Schaufel
2013-12-02T18:32:36+0000
Beth Ellen Ethridge
Beth Ellen Ethridge
2013-11-30T20:33:42+0000
Kelli Sandoval Wellhausen
Kelli Sandoval Wellhausen
2013-11-03T05:45:42+0000
Diana Nitsche-Geringer
Diana Nitsche-Geringer
2013-09-29T03:41:27+0000
Beth Niles
Beth Niles
2013-09-28T16:24:15+0000
Daniel Lavell
Daniel Lavell
2013-09-28T04:22:37+0000
Debra Lee Andersohn
Debra Lee Andersohn
2013-09-26T04:27:42+0000
Nidia Amaya
Nidia Amaya
2013-08-13T02:24:15+0000
Kim Inkster Prater
Kim Inkster Prater
2013-08-12T12:54:37+0000
Mandi Jean de Witte
Mandi Jean de Witte
2013-08-09T15:57:32+0000
Jennifer Hatin Hamilton
Jennifer Hatin Hamilton
2013-07-21T18:25:16+0000
Jojo Cortez
Jojo Cortez
2013-07-13T03:49:16+0000
Patricia Cassity Brosio
Patricia Cassity Brosio
2013-06-28T18:32:21+0000
Lori Hill
Lori Hill
2013-06-26T04:33:44+0000
Ruth Harrop
Ruth Harrop
2013-06-06T22:42:33+0000
Tiffany Hill
Tiffany Hill
2013-06-05T22:12:50+0000
Nancy Togami
Nancy Togami
2013-05-06T00:40:47+0000
Carol Dalamangas
Carol Dalamangas
2013-05-04T21:03:18+0000
Patty Nyquist
Patty Nyquist
2013-05-02T05:53:17+0000
Debbie Hafner Parris
Debbie Hafner Parris
2013-01-12T03:31:09+0000
Valbruzzoli Cristian
Valbruzzoli Cristian
2012-12-08T21:11:22+0000
Gabriel Hernandez
Gabriel Hernandez
2012-11-02T05:38:02+0000
Jake Hutchison
Jake Hutchison
2012-10-24T23:54:41+0000
Wilhelm K Pechtal
Wilhelm K Pechtal
2012-10-24T20:25:47+0000
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