“The Making of Olive Oil”
We decided to make an early side trip and go see a new aged olive oil producer that is good friends with our hotel owners. Pruneti has been making olive oil for generations and until recently they have been making it in the traditional way with a stone mill.
Dario “The Butcher”
He has been talked about a lot since we have been here so we decided to take a visit to one of his two restaurants. With one long table you sit with people you don’t know, but it’s off season so we were the only ones there for half the meal. We ordered the “Dario DOC” which was a ground beef burger with fried potatoes, sautéed onions, and homemade condiments. Service was very quick and friendly, and the food was some of the best that I have had. The burger was recommended rare so that is how I got mine and it was so full of flavor and the condiments complemented everything. The next time I come back to Italy I am making a point to come here for dinner.
Our next stop was Villa Vignamaggio. This is one of the oldest wineries in the Tuscany region and have been making wine for close to 600 years. Dario, a different one from the butcher, gave us a fantastic tour of their facility and explained their history. After the tour, we sat down for wine and more cured meat!!!! We also had the opportunity to purchase their olive oil that was pressed less than a week ago. The views were spectacular and the staff was very knowledgable and fun.