Gelato and Castles and Ragu, Oh my??

Urbino

This morning at breakfast I had soft-boiled eggs with yolks the color of brilliant orange. A striking color in the morning. Due cappuccino, two warm and luscious coffees, make a perfect quiet breakfast. We have been staying at the Frederico II, a hotel owned by The Pieralisi Corporation in Jesi. Its name comes from the local pride that Frederick II, The Holy Roman Emperor, was born here in 1194. I would highly recommend this hotel to travelers to this area.

 

Yesterday our hosts at Chiudo olive mill told us they are opening a bed and breakfast near their mill. It will be in the Marche region about 15 miles from Jesi and Ancona. If it is anything like their mill operation, it will be lovely. I am continually impressed with the care that the Italians take with their property and surroundings. I will post the name in August when they open. I hope we will return to stay there next year when Elisabeth graduates.

Traveling to Urbino on Sunday a.m. After the past few days really all we want to do is rest with cappuccino then wine with lunch. But we are going to the castle in Urbino for a 3-hour tour then taking the train back to Milan. Denis has been a gentleman touring us around, laughing at our jokes and taking each olive oil question very seriously with great respect for the subject. Food, wine, and oil are revered here. There is much celebration and pride in their products.

Mark and I were discussing the quality of Verdicchio wine from the area around Jesi, the Marcea region. The grape is the specialty of the area having been grown here for centuries. The grape does particularly well in this valley as the terroir seems to match its needs.

All of the varietal wines, especially the Verdicchio de Castello di Jesi, have been excellent and much different from other Verdicchio wines we have tried. It has a crisp mineral taste, with a slightly greenish yellow color. Crisp and clean and perfect with the fresh sea food from the Adriatic.

Also produced here is a special wine that is flavored with preserved cherries added with a little sugar after fermentation of the wine .This wine has an interesting taste and I recommend it as a dessert or late afternoon wine. Very unique and loved in this area. It would be fun to try to make a little but the proportions are very important to the final product – not too sweet – letting the wine take the lead role in the flavor complexity. Each growing area also thinks their wine is very special and truly Italians have been perfecting this for thousands of years.

So off to Urbino and another day of exploration. I am looking for red poppy seeds to plant at the Olive Farm.

 

Last evening at the Jesi spring celebration, the Paolio, we saw the history of Jesi parade before us in costumes and pageantry. It was the celebration of the founding of Jesi, and the Saint….. We returned from seeing another mill and a huge lunch to an espresso to fortify us for watching the celebration. The city council adorned with ribbons and sashes presided, while local performers dressed in Renaissance attire beat drums and marched in procession from the main square, piazza, through the main streets. At every piazza were special demonstrations and local food stands. There was a demonstration of falconry, drumming, sword fighting (real and wooden). We watched the sun set from one of the towers and enjoyed porchetta, roasted pig sandwiches. Porchetta is a very treasured and ancient dish that is very slowly roasted pig with lots of seasoning, such as rosemary, thyme, sea salt, fresh ground pepper, cumin, bay leaves, and garlic. This is not a subtle dish but wild flavors exude through the meat. Even Katie, our mostly vegetarian, said it was tasty. We finished the evening eating gelato while walking the cobbled streets of the old castle. I still can’t believe that we are so fortunate to enjoy and be part of this celebration. Federico II was born on Dec 26 1194 in Jesi and the central square is dedicated to his birth.

 

Urbino

The castle of Frederico II, Duke of Urbino, is a most amazing palace. Urbino was a city state loyal to the Vatican. Urbino is very old city now protected by a declaration of historical world places. In the palace are paintings by Raffael, numerous wood carvings by …. and frescos surrounding the many rooms and suites of state. Federico had several rooms for his apartment as did his wife, the Duchess. They all adjoined and had easy access to the rooms used for events of state. If you cannot be here in person, it is worth going on line and seeing the art work. The architectural drawings displayed here are from the time of the beginning of the school of the art of perspective. The wooden doors, filled with inlay of the most unimaginable craft, are astonishing. Each doorway and each ceiling bore the seals signs and crests of the ruling families. Astonishing detail and craftsmanship! So much work for ego and pleasure. We could have easily spent 3 days investigating the city and palace. So much to see and so little time – with promises to come back, only hoping that maybe someday we can return. Now off to the nearest train station at Pesaro to catch the train to Milan. First we stop briefly at a shop for some piadini, small sandwiches much like quesadillas. The Italian trains so far have been on time and efficient. The fast train to Milano (178 km/hour) was so clean and delightful. The country side is very green and has an enormous amount of agriculture. Everywhere there is wheat or rice growing, stands of trees perfectly planted. The people here have a great respect for caring for their land. Everyone has their own little gardens, even on balconies.

 

Bra, Italy where Elisabeth studies for her Master’s

We arrived in Milan, checked into our hotel and had a lovely dinner under a huge tent in a secret courtyard. So many doors lead to interior courtyards that are perfectly cared for with statues, trees, plants and fountains. Peeking into doo ways leads to lovely views of real life in Italy. Then back to the hotel for a last Negroni and bed. Campari, gin, sweet vermouth and perhaps sparkling water and orange slices, very refreshing, Elisabeth’s favorite.

We hired a van to drive us to Bra as we had 8 heavy suitcases. Elisabeth will be living here for a year for school. This allowed us to rest, not hassle with lots of bags on the train, and watch the scenery. Mark, Katie and Elisabeth slept as jet lag and all the activity finally demands some rest. I just watched the trees, rivers, castles, bell towers and amazing agriculture.

Arriving in Bra at 11 am allowed us to get Elisabeth settled into her apartment, meet people from her school, and for us to go to our hotel just down the street. This is a winery and hotel. The owners have converted an old leather factory into a lovely hotel, albergo, with exquisite modern Italian decorations and their own winery on the first floor. Ascheri vineyards and cellars winery have been producing wine since 1880. So the years from the early 19th century to about 1960 are characterized by innovation in their vineyards. They produce wines from The La Morra vineyard, including Barolo, Barbera, Barbera d’Alba and Dolcetto d’Alba from the Serra Lunga de Alba region. The wines are fantastic and each guest is given a bottle. In the rooms they have placed small telescopes in the walls to see the sights of Bra. I am able to see the church bells, the monastery and the trees separating Bra from the next village. What an unexpected pleasure to have your own spy spots.

We went out for pizza and salad for a late lunch and then a good nap. I am sitting in my room enjoying the huge open window, the doves, and the tops of green trees filled with the sing song of birds. We can look over the rooftops to see the daily work of washing and hanging the daily laundry. The smells from the restaurant below are amazing. I can smell yeast from baking bread. Mark and Elisabeth are doing errands, Katie is resting and I am now sitting in the hotel lobby where it is very quiet. There are only 28 rooms here and the staff is delightful and courteous. I am trying to learn some Italian phrases to communicate courteously. But even then most Italians speak to you in English. I can order in any restaurant, get gellato, and ask for the bathroom so I am good.

Speaking of gellato. My quest is to have a different kind every day but there are so many choices and far too little time to enjoy all. So far I have had crema, chocolatae, fiore de crema, pistachio, strawberry (fragola) and lemon. My favorite is the one I have in my hand while walking down the street in the evening. The colors are beautiful and the tastes are lovely. The displays are works of art. I am hopeful to try some more tonight.

 

Tomorrow we will do some shopping for Elisabeth and say good bye until her August break when she comes home for 3 weeks. Our plan tomorrow is to drive to Lake Como. We will then be on our own without Elisabeth as a translator. She is so excited and a little anxious about starting school. She has such an edge speaking Italian so fluently, I am sure that it will make life so much easier for her.

Elisabeth arranged for a tasting and tour of the wines that are special to the area. We met at the Slow Food Wine Bank at the school that is the repository for the historical preservation of the wines of Italy. It is underground and houses in perpetuity the great wines forever. Some amount is for sale to support the program and 25 bottles will be kept forever as a treasury. There are ancient cisterns preserved in the cellars (pictures coming). A true treasure. We then tasted 5 of the wines from the immediate area, a Barolo, a barbesco, dulcetto de alba. We were all impressed and moved by the sheer quality and skill of the wine makers. The guide explained each wine and the region, valley, soil, and sun exposure that contributed to the wines’ quality. This was the best explanation I have ever had, probably because I could actually see the hills and valleys where the wine was grown.

We ate an al fresco lunch near the school at a lovely hotel. We had anti pasta including fresh mozzarella, steak tartar, prima course of lovely handmade pastas of fava beans, pesto, and olive oil. The pastas are so tender that they melt in your mouth with the flavors of the herbs local to the area. The use of fresh ingredients is so natural to this country, truly eating local and seasonal. It is something that many Americans do not respect, because of our incredible system of supply and transportation.

After lunch we rearranged our bags, took some wine to Elisabeth’s apartment (we could not leave her without wine) repacked again and drove her to the police station to register as an American with an extended stay. In the European countries, if you are to stay longer than a months, you must show proof of visa, citizenship, student acceptance ( in Elisabeth’s case), and bank statements that you have financial resources to live. Maybe the USA should consider this concept. We said our good bye quickly and drove off to Como. We texted Elisabeth many good byes and good luck. At 6 pm she said that all her documents were accepted and she went home to sleep for 12 hours to catch up from the time change and our hectic traveling and to prepare for school.

Traveling to Como we elected to drive rather than take the train and it was an easy 3 hours. With Mark driving and Katie navigating we drove through farmland after farmland growing corn, rice, and sunflowers. Beautiful church spires, small towns, and old farmhouses. I would love to dig in and restore some of the treasures, but you would have to completely destroy and rebuild each one to new foundation codes. We received texts from friends re the earthquake in Emilia-Romagna hoping we were far away, and we did not even know about it. So I guess the new foundation codes are important.

 

In Como

We arrived in Como at 7 p.m. and found our sweet small hotel. Parking was a bit of a challenge but the hotel helped. A nap and out to dinner at a pizza restaurant right on the waterfront. Then gelato. This time cherry(ceragnolo), chocolate, coffee, and stracciatella. Then back to the hotel via the waterfront past many great homes, beautiful gardens, and lovely people walking dogs and laughter.

Wednesday, May 30

Como is at 2300 feet above sea level and Katie went running again. She is in great shape and will be running her third half marathon in San Diego. We took the ferry from Como to Bellagio. Stunning views, calm water, cool breezes. A tour guide was on board and we could hear his presentations, including pointing out the homes of George Clooney and Richard Branson, which were absolutely breathtaking. Each house on the lake has a boathouse built into the foundation. Most houses are of the classic Italian style with a wonderful variety of colors: cream, pea green, coral, pink, purple shutters, browns and reds of every tone. No limit to imagination and use of color. You can see the influence of Swiss architecture creep in, especially as you head north on the lake. We did not have time to go all the way to Switzerland but even in Bellagio you can see snow on the mountain tops.

The area of Bellagio is a very small, about three streets wide as it climbs the steep slope. The length of the town is the embarcadero which runs about 700 feet – all lined with shops. It has a large public park that preserves the old ruins and the plants of the area. The town is now and has always been for tourists seeking an extraordinary retreat. At the very tip, on the jutting point of land is an elegant hotel, Villa Serrabellino. We had a light lunch by the pool overlooking the lake while formally attired waiters moved quickly and silently among the guests. The food was quite good but the ambience and view simply dominated the experience. Katie had a taglitella with an earthy rich duck ragu. Ann had pasta e’fagole( pasta and beans), her personal favorite. We also had a cold tomato soup that again had a depth of flavor that was perfect.

The parallel narrow lanes are stacked up the slope connected by stone stairways, which are quite a hike. Small shops and gates to private courtyards line the stairs while each street is a long line of tiny elegant shops. The streets are narrow but the small cars still wind slowly though quite often. Be sure you step well to the side. The tall buildings block most of the sun but it is still intense and the patches of sunlight can be rather warm, especially at this altitude. We took the fast boat back to Como. Literally lifted out of the water and floated fast back to the dock. We then walked to the Duomo and sat and watched the sunset while enjoying Negronis. This is a drink of Campari, gin, sweet vermouth and orange slices. Quite lovely. The duomo is spectacular, with carving, statues, and stained glass windows. We met a couple who had a similar camera and amazingly they are from Napa! We agreed to have them come to the Olive Mill when we both recover from our respective jet lag.

Today is Thursday the 31, and we go to Venice. Leaving Como is hard but going to Venice will be wonderful. You must remember that there are no cars allowed in Venice so you must carry your bags to your hotel.

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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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Custom Milling

Bring us your olives to be crushed in our state of the art Italian mill.

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Tastings

Taste extra virgin and co-milled flavored olive oils.

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Keeping you up to date on all things olive and olive oil.

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