Chestnuts,polenta and February

February 12, 2015 at 2:53 pm

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Winter thus far had comprised of 4 days of snow, but generally most days are still sunny and bright. It’s time to eat all the foods that warm you up, like polenta, which is so versatile and roasted chestnuts on the fire.(I won’t go on about all the pastries that are my best all year round!)

We’ve had quite a few visitors in the past few months and of course one of the main focuses here is food. If we’re not stocking up at the local markets, we’re seeking out new restaurants that are reasonably close to Villa di Stelle (we prefer them to be within a half hour radius) unless we’re doing a day trip. We discovered Osteria Elisa in Bocca di Valle, a short scenic drive from the villa.

It’s a small place which makes it intimate, and the food was absolutely delish and priced really reasonably. My truffle and artichoke pasta was mouth watering! Definitely on our recommendation list. A very good idea when visiting here is to check on Tripadvisor as they have a fab selection of places around us which have all been reviewed.

The beach as you can see is totally deserted here in winter. On a sunny day, its so gorgeous to go for a long walk  and virtually not see a soul. Of course there are always a few guys paragliding, it seems to be quite popular here.

Down the road from the villa is a trout fishing dam. For those who want to fish in the nearby lakes, you need to get a fishing licence from the post office, but at the dam it’s privately owned so you just pay the daily rate and you could catch your supper.

We’re starting to get lots of enquiries and bookings for summer 2015 so it looks like it’s going to be a busy time ahead. Yay… look forward to meeting new guests.

Thankfully we’ve passed the December solstice and the sun is moving further north as we watch it set behind the Maiella nightly. We know just how far over it swings in summer, and are always waiting for the point where its closest to the Gran Sasso (that equals lazing in the pool, lots of Prosecco and stargazing!). That’s what African’s do, even in Italy… there’s no time, just light and dark and all that happens in between.