A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

47° Wedding Anniversary

 at the low-key, rustic Locanda del Rovicciano   note the 1600s original terracotta floor  a cozy table by the fire, welcomed with a chilled glass of Prosecco  perfectly toasted bruschette with black leafed cabbage, Sienese lardo and liver patè  paper-thin pasta homemade ravioli with roasted fennel and leek filling served with burrata and honey dried tomatoes  the house wine: a …


What Fun in the Kitchen

    Cooking together, cooking whatever strikes our fancy…is the utmost anti-stress activity!  Assembling and using only top quality, seasonally available and local ingredients, soothes the soul and lifts the spirits.  No cellophane packages, no cans, no jars to open…just washing, chopping, mixing, sauteeing – using mainly what our very own olive trees, vineyards, fruit trees and vegetable garden so generously …


The Last Hurrah

  While the fall magic is still intact, we are slowly but surely inching toward the last hurrah of the riotous and raging fall foliage beauty. How we will miss this magnificent view from every window!     The winterized pool, remembering the gloriously warm summer days of “yesterday”…seems quite forlorn. Soon the vineyards will go the way of our …


From the Source

How honored Genius Loci is to be included in acclaimed San Francisco photographer Michael Lamotte’s  www.lamottestudios.com/ outstanding website From the Source: http://from-the-source.com Please take a look at Michael’s artistic black and white photography of unique culinary specialties from around the world.  His entry here is on the unique Sagrantino grapes and Maurizio’s excellent Genius Loci  Sagrantino DOCG wine that Michael and …


Typical Christmas Day Umbrian Luncheon

Umbria takes its traditional Christmas Day luncheon very seriously.  In these 40+ years I have lived here, the menu of that meal has never changed – not even in its smallest detail!  Whether I do the cooking for the extended family or whether we are invited by family …the menu has to be the same!  Sacred traditions are…sacred indeed. Preparations …