Italian Roadtrip – The End

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So I have already been in Italy again, but have not finished my first road trip entry yet. Well, I recently had unfortunate events chasing each other, so I didn’t feel any patience of writing in my freetime. But so many friends and colleagues kept asking for another blog entry that I will dedicate the evening today for you and finish my Italian road trip summary.

And the best for last.

So, if you have read the last post, you know I had a good time at the town nearby Florence. I didn’t wan’t to leave the hotel at Le Maschere, because it was so nice and I didn’t know what to expect on my last stop. Remember that I was writing about the dodgy hotel: here.

Well, all worries were gone when I was driving up the alley of the hotel, I was getting in a good mood driving up the impressive driveway. I already fell in love with the hotel then:

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So with what others find “dodgy”, I really loved. Yes, you see some nudity in the art collection, but I guess you have to be very conservative and no art friend if you feel that the hotel is too exposing with its art. I admired the art they had collected and exhibited. The design of my hotel room was also pretty cool.

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And then there was the pool. A place to relax and enjoy the good things in life: sun, snacks and sparkling stuff. Until I drove back home, I spent all my time at the pool. Maybe boring to some of you, but exactly what I needed. After this vacation I definitely had a good tan and a lot of Vitamin D in my body!

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My dinner was also the food highlight of this trip. I ate at Amista 33 at the hotel grounds in a small patio – al fresco. It is a Michelin Guide Restaurant lead by the chef Marco Perez.

Of course I took the 9 course tasting menu. Some of the courses I want to present with the following pics. The beginning was already superb: The Amuse Bouche was nicely presented, like a tempation.

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Also unusal and funny was the a small dish where you had to lick off a fruity liquid texture with your tongue instead of using any cutlery.

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Then each course followed each other in a well selected manner. Every dish so distinguished and extraordinary. Nothing that I had in such a selection before. My personal highlight was the goat cheese risotto with duck egg yolk and charcoal for the eyes. But I also loved the celebration of the plain and normal Italian white bread that was handed to you by the Sous-chef with the main course to dip it in the sauce and clean the plate with it – the Italian way. This is nothing spectacular, but by the hand-over ceremony of the bread they brought a focus to it and made you realize how important the simple things are and how good they can taste and of course it made you feel the Dolce Vita.

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The dessert was also good, but…. but same with some of my previous posts and e.g. a dessert at Commerz24 in Barcelona (where they served a dessert on tomato basis), I wasn’t too fond of it, because I’m a dessert traditionalist and I don’t like any veggie, be it tomato or here peas that are served as a dessert. Even if sweet. However, I’m sure that others would love the dessert – it is just my weird dessert preference.

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Then all ended with childlike satisfaction and happiness: Fruits and cotton candy on green grass. And I got to meet the chef and thanked him for the very good dinner.

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Of course I also had a good wine paring and I also got to know a wine which I fell in love with: Amarone. A red wine that I would describe as a wine that represents an Italian summer evening – the taste just reassembles the warmth of the summer.

The service was excellent, explained every course and selected the wine wisely… and above all made me feel welcome, so that I totally forgot I was traveling alone.

All in all a perfect restaurant at a wonderful hotel – I really saved the best for the last.

The whole road trip alone was such a pleasure. There are also many things I didn’t mention in any of my blog entries, e.g. the unsolicited offer I got in Bozen or the extensive shopping spree nearby Florence. Too many things to tell…

Nevertheless, sharing all the wonderful moments and memories with friends or a beloved one is also something I’d prefer for my next trips. Some of which I’ll also try to share with you.

Good Night everyone!

 

 

 

 

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