Pisani di Gusto at the Stazione Leopolda, Pisa – Sounds like a mouthful, yes? Well, it certainly was!
Lucky for us, we visited Pisa during the Pisani di Gusto (Pisa Food and Wine Festival) and had the opportunity to stop by for a tour one morning. Not yet too crowded, so we took our time and strolled the aisles….
Here are some of the local artisan food and wine vendors we met. Want to try some samples? Let’s go…..
Privilegio offered up beautiful cold-pressed olive oil (“olio extravergine di Oliva”), meaning the temperature throughout the pressing process remains below 27 degrees the entire time. The oil is an “I.G.P. Toscano”, meaning it is tested to be of the highest quality. And indeed it is! We met Vanessa who was offering samples of the olive oils, so we tasted different varieties. Privilegio produces Yellow Leaf, Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Purple Leaf, and White Leaf labeled oils. Their oils range from sweet, to bitter, to spicy, to grassy. Certainly, an olive oil for everyone’s tastes buds.
Now here’s something very cool indeed….Vanessa and her brother, Andrea, offer Vespa rides in Vespa, Italy. Get this: on restored older Vespas! How cool is that? AND unique…Their company, Valdera in Vespa, takes care of everything! You just enjoy the ride. Can’t wait to try this next time we visit. In case you are “in the neighborhood”, be sure to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for an authentic Vespa experience.
Next, we met the Bertoli Pasta team, who sow and grow their own semolina wheat, harvest it, grind it, and turn it into really tasty “pasta artigianale” for everyone to enjoy. These guys are serious about their product, and take great pride in its production. Here is their website for more info: www.laghiraia.it
Did you know you can make preserves from potatoes?!?! Silly me! I certainly did not. AND that the end product is sweet, delicate, and addictive. So much so, that we had to bring a jar back with us for further indulgence. Plus, the name is pretty delicious sounding – Dolce di Patate.
The family at Podere Tognoni has been creating such specialty products since 1935. Yes, kids, I said 1935! Check out all of their products on Facebook.
There were pasta producers, wine makers, olive oil producers, cheese mongers, salami craftsmen, and such tempting samples it was hard to resist buying one-of-everything. Maybe next time, eh?
So many artisanal products, so little time….hope you enjoyed tasting your way through Pisa’s Food and Wine Festival. We certainly did!