Italy and Scotland Part 2

PART TWO

THE CITY OF BRA WHERE SLOW FOOD WAS BORN, CHEESE, WINE AND GRADUATION.

 

Tuesday May 14, 2013

We set the GPS to Bra and headed to meet Elisabeth and begin the celebration of her graduation from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. We can still see the mountains and the snow but we are following another river toward Bra. It has now begun to rain and is getting colder.

We drove through Bra to get to Verduno and our hotel. Well not a hotel but an old castle, the castle was first built in the 10th century. It was restructured in the 1700’s to its present configuration. And it was once owned by the King of Savoy. We were greeted by a lovely lady who informed us that our room was up 70 steps! We bag dragged as the hired man for luggage did not come until 3 pm. The rooms are recently redone, and we have a gorgeous sitting room, a lovely bed room with a huge door out to a tiny balcony, and a very modern bath. Thankfully the heating is great and the rooms are cozy. We open the balcony doors and cuddle up under wool blankets and take another nap.

We cannot see anything of the surrounding area because of the dense fog and rain. But the birds, geese, and occasional dog barking is the only noise around. The doves are cooing and add to the restfulness of the whole day. Mark got two glasses of their wine, Verduno, and we ate our sandwiches and croissants looking out over the grapes growing below. A long walk to find the restaurant we are going to tonight, turned out to be a short walk from the castle. Just down the little hill, how lucky. We plan to have wine and walk home to the 70 stairs waiting for us. Our host made us cappuccino and a little sweet cake after our rainy walk. Just perfect! I am vowing to get our cappuccino maker fixed and enjoy such treats at home. Each of the hotels we have stayed at provided sweet little pots for coffee and tea. Another promise to use a few of my pots at home.

 

WEDNESDAY MAY 16

Restaurant Ca del Rey

So we met Elisabeth and three of her classmates for a great dinner at Ca Del Rey. We had a clean white wine, Vermentino, and of course a Barolo from the local area and great country food. I had the best lentil soup that should have been my entire dinner, but we persevered and had pasta and meats that were equally lovely.

 

THURSDAY MAY 17, 2013

Alba and Barolo. Pouring rain but we went exploring to the city of Alba. With a GPS and Mark as a good driver we rounded the old city, parked the car, and walked up the hill to find an enchanting old city full of great shops for wine and their specialty truffles. Lovely old homes, houses side by side that you pinch yourself that it is real. Great arches for walkways and shopping, so even with the rain you can stay dry. Gaggles of tourists listening to the history of Alba. I am so glad that we are just exploring. Went to the tourist office and got great information about private tours and local wines. They were gracious and very helpful.

Liz called and said she had arranged a cheese tasting tour with her local cheese shop at 5 pm. Perfect! We drove from Alba to Barolo for lunch. A tiny town and castle and museum. Again just beautiful and almost unreal. We stopped into a lovely trattoria for a light lunch, spinach timbale with cheese topping, and roasted peppers with bagna cauda sauce. Bagna cauda is a sauce of garlic, olive oil, anchovies, capers all blended together in a heavenly sauce. Of course served with two different Barolo wines, an 04 and an 06. Quite lovely aromas and I liked the 06 better because it was fresher.

We then went to the corkscrew museum. An interesting collection of over 500 different corkscrews, with explanations of the era they were made. The most interesting were the tiny horn and bone handles used for ladies perfume bottles, delicate and of course handcrafted. Then to the wine museum, cute but hokey. But the views from the castle were great and the people accommodating. They presented the history of wine with some free license but covered all the main points, especially that wine made water safe for drinking.

Now off to Bra to the cheese tasting, parking in the Piazza Roma and walking to the shop is yet again a lesson in architecture and age. I am constantly amazed by the history of these towns.

The Cheese store is so much more than a store. They source cheeses from all over the Piedmont area and then sell it fresh or age it in their cheese caves. The owner is the principal buyer and consultant for the new series of stores, Eataly. We toured the cheese caves tapped on huge wheels of real Parmesan Reggiano, and took pictures of each cheese. The tasting started with fresh cheese then to cheese aged 30 days, 60 days and year old cheese. We sampled wine and a lovely assortment of jams and honey that pair with cheese. The owner is the fourth generation of cheese mongers. We purchased three different cheeses, my favorite Bra Tenero was flavorful fresh and made here in Bra. The Bra Dura is the same cheese but aged 60 days. The peppito is Bra Tenero with black peppers. The most surprising was the pear Senape marmalade. Delicious and very spicy hot. I have been looking for Senape for a long time to make mostarda. Then the cheese owner said go to the herbalist down the street, she has some powdered senape. Elisabeth then said that this was the very same shop where she got all her spices. Small world, and wonderful. We trooped over to the spice shop and sure enough, there was powered Senape. We bought 2 bags and the owner could not believe the amount as it is very, very strong.

Elisabeth was off to a private graduation dinner with just her classmates. This was a very special time for them to say their last goodbyes, and talk about their futures. We had dinner at Trattoria dai Bercau in Verduno within walking distance of the castle. The dinner was spectacular, simple local foods prepared very well lasting 3 hours with Verduno Pelaverga,a DOC wine. We had a tasting of many different dishes, zucchini stuffed with beef and cheese, crudo with thinly sliced baby artichokes, eggplant caponata, spinach frittata with Bra Tenero cheese, risotto with white truffles, raviolini stuffed with herbs and vegetables in olive oil, and roasted chicken with spring vegetables. Basta, enough! We declined dessert and waddled back up the hill to our castle and the 70 steps to our room.

 

FRIDAY MAY 17 2013

Graduation Day

We woke up early again by the crowing of the rooster and the honking of the geese. Did you know that geese are very nosy and noisy? They are like guard dogs that hiss. I would love a pair around the farm to keep the snakes away and entertain everyone. But they might keep away people also. Maybe next year. Breakfast is served in a lovely room with very high ceilings. In shades of yellow blues and peach. Due cappuccini every morning that is hot and delicious. The usual sausage and cheese but always fruit and cereal. Juice of orange and apricot. But the coffee is what makes a great Italian breakfast.

Off to pick up Elisabeth for her graduation ceremony. We took the scenic route to the school by mistake and still ended up early, Italy is on its own time zone. The sun is shining and the skies are clear blue. The graduation ceremony was well done, 18 people were announced, about half including Elisabeth have extended their time to finish internships and to do a more comprehensive project for their thesis. Elisabeth has been accepted into the Slow Wine program and she will intern in Bra until early September to learn more about the program and finish her written thesis on The History of Roman Wine, an Anthropological Study. Other students are doing their thesis on cheese, butchering practices, agricultural effects, and communication in changing people’s perspectives on food and agriculture.

The Deans were very complimentary to this class as it is the first class to graduate with the emphasis on culture and communication from the University of Gastronomic Science. We then had a lovely reception with the faculty, graduates, and families. Such a diverse group, delightful and smart. Pictures all around with smiles and tears as this small group of students have become very close.

In the evening we attended a dinner with the graduates and all the families at a house that Slow Food uses as a private meeting place, The Gastronomic Club. This started with a true Italian experience; we picked up 10 liters of wine for 24 Euro, from the local Enoteca. Straight from the stainless steel tanks. We got sfuso or the local table wine, a Nebbiolo and a Barbera. Next door fresh burrata for the cheese plate for dinner. The dinner was magnificent, as you would expect lots of wine and lots of great food prepared by everyone in attendance. Great people and home to bed by 11 for us but the students stayed and celebrated together for a very long and fun night. The weather cooperated and we had a view of the entire valley with a multitude of glowing light from the valley as we viewed from our perch atop the castle in Verduno. You truly do not realize how many houses there are until their lights glimmer in the dark. A cool still evening with clear skies. This is the way a graduation day should be for the students.

 

SATURDAY MAY 18, 2013

Tonight we dine at the Real Castle de Verduno. It was pouring rain again and Mark and I drove from Bra over the River Tenero to see it overflowing its banks. This amount of rain is unusual for this area and even the residents are complaining.

Dinner at the castle was at 8 pm. Elisabeth arrived around 8 pm having had to take a different route because of the heavy rain. We had her dry off and we were seated in a beautiful room painted soft red with a ceiling painting of a spray of roses. Throughout the castle there are prints from the Napoleonic era, and pictures of all the owners and rulers of the castle. This is area where Napoleon began his Italian campaign. In the dining room there are similar portraits. Very elegant but traditional service. We began with lovely champagne from the local area, stunning because it was slightly orange but had an aroma of roses and freshness. We celebrated her graduation yet again! Thank goodness Elisabeth speaks perfect Italian and understands the local foods. She chose our dishes thoughtfully. We enjoyed a Barbaresco wine from Castello di Verduno, Rabaja Riserva 2007. This is a local favorite made by the current owners of the property. We had a local pâté, and then baked onions simply stuffed with cod. I had the freshest prosciutto that was perfectly placed on the plate. For a main dish I had tagliatelle with carne meat and a Barberesco sauce. Mark and Elisabeth had tiny raviolini with herb stuffing. We shared a dessert that was a dense chocolate cake but had a hint of yoghurt sour cream taste.

Interesting, very rich and beautifully presented. A tiny espresso to complete our meal. This was a special dinner in a special place. Then after dinner up to our room, up 70 stairs to show Elisabeth the sights from our castle window. The view was lovely as the rain was steady but now no low clouds so you see the valley below. True to themselves the geese were talking and the doves cooing. We then sent Elisabeth home by taxi as it was very late for the bus.

 

SUNDAY MAY 19, 2013

I work up in the middle of the night to see stars, amazing because at 11 pm it was still pouring. At 7 am it was bright and clear and we could see the snow covered Italian Alps. After many pictures and breakfast. with perfect cappuccino served by Pierro, perfectly dressed in his dark blue pants light blue shirt, dark blue vest, and wine colored Castello Venduno apron. We walked to the top of the drive to a church park that looked down over the entire Serra Lunga de Alba valley.

This perspective gave us a much clearer understanding of the “long greenhouse of the sun “the literal translation. We drove to Serra Lunga de Alba castle taking pictures all the way of the crystal clear snow covered Alps. Each view was better than the rest. The castle was huge and quite a walk up and down. Amazing pictures from each curve in the road. The entire drive was only 14 miles from our castle including all the winding curves. Then off to help move Elisabeth. We packed her up and with a stuffed car made trips to her new house only 3 blocks away. Sweet new house with friends from school, a large field in the back with donkeys, quiet and a perfect place to write a thesis. We then went to dinner with her schoolmates, at a local restaurant just a few blocks from her new home. Again beautiful presentations of simple but stunning foods. Tagliatelle with ragu, gnocchi with local cheese and a cheese plate for dessert. Elisabeth said goodbye to her classmates with all the promises to visit each other. These are promises to keep as they are all so connected with school, food, and travel adventures.

 

MONDAY MAY 20, 2013

Up early to again the sounds of the geese, dogs and doves of the castle and surrounding area. A quick breakfast, cappuccino from Pierro and on the road to Milan. What a lovely drive made easy by our GPS. The entire drive we saw the lovely red poppies of the Italian spring.

There is a castle on each mountain top. Linate airport in the east of Milan is small and very easy to find.

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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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Taste extra virgin and co-milled flavored olive oils.

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