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Back to 1:  In San Giovanni d'Asso on 11 November for the 2007 Truffle Festival


Link to Paradoxplace page on the 2002 San Giovanni d'Asso Truffle Festival


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Sunday 18 November - We returned to San  Giovanni d'Asso on a glorious winter day - this time James, Adriano's eldest son, was around to join the gustatory fun and good weather.  First, a little church - San Pietro in Villore - dating back to the early 1000s, with some intriguing reliefs in the jumble of the restored facade.









The "Big Tent" - food and artefact stalls





Then it's in to the festival meal centre for elevenses ..... past the deep frying ladies ......  to the ??? .....





..... none of our Italian advisors could give us a name for this - it was very popular but we were headed for the truffled ravioli ....






James enjoys his his first white truffle fix




A "familiar" face from 2002





San Giovanni d'Asso high (including trompe l'oeil windows and real chairs)





La Canonica (lunch)





The local products on show / sale outside "La Canonica" are the new (like last week's) peppery olive oil, older "Orcia" wine (a new and pleasant discovery for Team Paradox) and honey.  Inside, the sausages look (and are) irresistible.  When the toast on the fire is served, you rub it with a garlic clove and dunk it in new olive oil, then experience the taste.  Then after the sausage you have some honey covered slices of Pecorino (sheep's) cheese - another local specialty.  Then you go straight to heaven.










a week earlier ......


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