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Review of Wild Foods Italy

Wild Foods Italy
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Montefalco
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Owner description: Truffle hunting in the beautiful Umbrian hills, an unforgettable culinary experience, a day spent in the company of colorful locals, a stroll through some stunning countryside... The Wild Foods Gastronomical Adventure is a piece of Italy you will never forget. You spend a day immersed in authentic traditional Italian company, culture and cuisine. You hunt truffles, cook truffles, eat truffles, as well as get to experience an amazing part of Italy far away from the usual tourist trails. You also experience some traditional 'wild' cuisine, maybe wild boar stew, sauteed hare, or roast guinea fowl. It's great for foodies and wine-lovers, or for anyone just wanting to immerse themselves in the landscape, people and culture of Umbria.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

A memorable day from start to finish. Recommended by our son who had already been and was most keen for us to experience this too. Our excursion started in the four wheel drive with our knowledgeable guide, "Mac", to the Beech Forest where the truffle hunt began. The trained dogs were totally focused and extremely successful. Accompanying them and their handler during the stroll through the beautiful surroundings was most enjoyable. Afterwards, on our way to the 4500 foot summit, we passed goat and beef herds which were accompanied by very large dogs, specially bred to protect the herds from predators. While taking in the incredible view we were treated with truffle omelettes, organic cheese and sparkling wine.
From there it was back to the 500 year old farm house where we were educated on the cheese production and given a 'master class' in pasta making. Afterwards we sat under the grove of trees with the resident Italian family and were treated to an organic gastronomic feast (including the freshly made pasta), accompanied by local wines.
We did not know what to expect but we thoroughly enjoyed the unique experience. A real highlight of our two month holiday.

1  Thank John L
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

although I have lived in Italy ( on and off) for several years, this trip produced wonderful surprise after wonderful surprise. Mac collected us from south of Todi and drove us through the lvoely Umbrian countryside, then 15 kils up and up and up into the Apopenines, which I had only ever passed under before in tunnels. We found there a way of life, transhumance of sheep, local cheese and olive oil making, that I thought had long gone. The day continued with truffle hunting in beautiful high mountain meadows, with an amazing view of the peaks around, learning to make pasta in a real Italian farmhouse full of the original farming equipment, and unspoilt by any expat additions, - how many of these are left? A long lunch with Mac and the extended family was delightful, with super food, all produced locally and made by Francesca and her mother. The day was rendered even more magical by the presence of other guests, who were as it happened lovely company. . This trip seems to get known by word of mouth. It deserves to be better known - yet not so much that it loses its individuality and personal touch. We wish Mac and Francesca all success, and hope that next time they will be able to sell us some of their own pecorino, which currently gets sold as soon as made.... i

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

All of the reviews here are accurate -- it is an incredible experience that you will talk about for years to come. I took part in this adventure with my wife in August 2013 and it was the favorite part of our three week trip in europe. The people, scenery and, of course, the food were all top notch. Well worth the money!

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

If you want to experience authentic Umbrian life, if you like something different and off the beaten path, then this "adventure" is one not to miss! I've traveled a lot and generally stay away from group tours and overly touristy attractions. Mac and Francesca and family prove that you can have a great, fun-filled time worthy of traveling across the world for, without needing to be herded in buses and queues. We're extremely glad we gave this tour a chance!

Francesca and Mac and the whole family generously bring you into their world and treat you as honored guests. Truffle hunting, pasta making, great wine, gorgeous views - the day had it all! The food was some of the best we had in Italy. They make their own cheese too, which was amazing!

Don't worry too much about the walking and such - wear comfortable shoes and let them know if you have any needs. They are very flexible and accommodating. I can't recommend this experience more highly!

1  Thank pdoyen
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

An unparalleled experience - a day as an Italian family member We were picked up at the hotel and driven quite a while up in the hills above Montefalco. We were "warned" by the driver - this will be a rustic and unique experience. And so it was. We were met by Francesca and Mac, their children, parents, brothers, friends and neighbors. We met many of their 32 dogs - (among other 10 cute puppies of their sheep dogs), a flock of sheep and a few donkeys.

We drove further up in the mountains "hunting" the black summer truffles. After finding a few, we were taken to a marvelous view point were fresh scrambled eggs with the fresh truffle were prepared and served - with prosecco and home made pecorino cheese. The eggs were also from their own chickens.

Afterwards, we got back to the farm, got some lovely local red wine and participated in making tagliatelle with Francesca's mother. This was then used in the 3 course lunch we were served at a long table in the garden. We sat there, 12-14 people from Norway, New Zealand, Holland, Italy - from 2 - 90 years old, sharing a fantastic, fresh meal prepared only on local produce from the farm or nearby farms. Friendly people enjoying the company, the food, the view and the atmosphere. Language barriers were dismissed - smiles and gestures explained more than words.

This was really a unique experience we will always remember. Thanks to Francesca and Mac and your family for inviting us in for a day in your life.

1  Thank Freiro
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