We had arranged to come to Il Casale for a cheesetasting via the web. Our inquiries had been answered promptly and enthusiastically. On the beatiful morning of our appointment we had some confusion with finding the farm and then what seemed like disaster struck: we hung up our car in a ditch along the dirt road in (what seemed to be) the middle of nowhere! Then a series of events occurred that changed a dayhad verged on calamity, due to our inattention and bad luck, to the day we had the most fun on of our vacation! I'll sum it up quickly as it was a wonderfully rich experience; as this is actually a review of Il Casale!
We were stuck less than a km away from Podere Il Casale. The rescue squad, consisting of a group of visiting American cyclists, :-) and three Italian men who performed most of the heavy work were really incredibly kind and absolutely refused to even consider compensation- coordinated by Il Casale's Massimo- all could not have been calmer or nicer!
Sandra, the proprietress of Il Casale, is a cheerful and capable woman who manages the operation with style and intelligence. Though we were an hour late, and she was up to her elbows in a large group tour and lunch preparation for same, she still managed to make us feel comfortable and welcome despite our having interupted the flow of her day in a rather spectacular way. We still had a lovely tasting of their great pecorino and some delicious goat cheese. When we asked where we might find a place to picnic nearby, she suggested that we should stay right there and relax in the lovely dining room where we could round out our cheese appetizer with her good bread (delicious!) and the farm's own wine (ditto). Our resorative meal supplemented by the farm's honey and tapenade soon had us soothed and content. Views are lovely from the hilltop here and this is a real working farm, not just a facade for entertainment purposes. We did not stay here for the accomodations we were here because it had been recommended for delicious cheese. We enthusiastically recommend Il Casale and thank them for our best day in Italy.
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