Talk to anyone who has ever visited Italy and it is almost a certainty that they could, if given the opportunity, spend hours recounting the amazing meals they ate. There is a reason that Italy has a well deserved reputation for having some of the best food in the world.
At “La Dolce Vita” we look forward to introducing you to dishes that are served in family homes throughout Tuscany. While we will, of course, enjoy our fair share of pasta, you will also be able to try soups typical of the region, a bread salad to die for, and wild boar from the estate's forest. All of our meals will be simple, flavorful, and rustic, and we know that they will be a highlight of your time at “La Dolce Vita”.
We are delighted to welcome back, for the fourth year, our 'chef at home' Antonella, and Lorry, two Italian women who know their way around the kitchen. They will be preparing the meals that we will be enjoying at the estate.
With the exception of our cooking lesson, which will be off site, most of the rest of the meals included in the retreat tuition will be eaten on the Bichi Borghesi estate. And most of these will be eaten, family style, in a large communal kitchen, or, on sunny days, you may take your lunch out into the courtyard to dine al fresco.
Each provided breakfast will include your choice of juice, milk, water, tea, coffee, espresso or cappuccino. Water will be provided with each lunch, and for dinner we will serve water, coffee and tea. With dinner, you will also have the option to purchase wine, and specialty coffee, such as cappuccino and espresso, directly from Bichi Borghesi.
In each apartment you will find a fully functioning kitchen with a stove, oven, and full sized fridge which you will find stocked with water and enough soda to get you through the first few days. Only the water will be replenished during your stay at "La Dolce Vita". As we journey through Tuscany you are welcome to purchase more soda, or other food items and bring them back to your apartment to prepare and eat at your leisure.
If you have any food allergies, or concerns, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can confirm that the kitchen will be able to safely accommodate your needs.
For those who drink wine and spirits, you are in for a treat at Bichi Borghesi as they use grapes from their own vineyards to produce: Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, a Red (Rosso) IGT Toscana wine, Grappa, and an Italian desert wine called Vin Santo. You will have the opportunity to purchase wines directly from the estate to imbibe during your visit and to bring home.
There are 2 lunches and 1 dinner which are not included in the retreat tuition. The two lunches are during times when we will be away from the estate at meal time. The first missed lunch is on the day we visit Arezzo for the antique market and the other in during our visit to Siena. While in town, you will have plenty of options for your meals. You will find that you can eat on the cheap, with a €5 pizza, or go all out with a €65 four course lunch. The choice is up to you. The one dinner that attendees will miss is on our cooking lesson day as we will be eating a late lunch at our lesson. There will be a small snack provided later that night.