Rogaia Blog

Mamma Ornella. Photo: Lupo
Mamma Ornella. Photo: Lupo

Ornella's "Roast Porc in Five Minutes"

Would you rather not spend the entire Christmas morning in the kitchen? Would you rather stay comfortably in bed for a bit longer instead? For "lazy housewives" Ornella has an incredibly simple pork roast recipe that makes a delicious Christmas lunch.

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Olive harvest at La Rogaia. Photo: Peter von Felbert, www.felbert.de
Olive harvest at La Rogaia. Photo: Peter von Felbert, www.felbert.de

Olive Oil - from the Tree into the Bottle

Olive oil is the "liquid gold" of Umbria, a high-quality and healthy food, that should not be missing in any kitchen. The olive harvest begins in mid October. Everywhere the nets get spread out under the trees. The pickers pick the olives from the trees by hand or with shaking sticks, then the olives they are taken to the oil mill. Read here how the olives finally become olive oil.

 

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Italian Food, what makes the difference?

Italian cuisine is considered to be one of the best in the world, but what is it that makes it so special? We will reveal to you some of the secrets ...

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Freshly grated Pecorino cheese over the  "Maccheroncini al Ragù Toscano della Nonna" is a must at "Locanda al Pozzo Antico" in Cortona, Tuscany
Freshly grated Pecorino cheese over the "Maccheroncini al Ragù Toscano della Nonna" is a must at "Locanda al Pozzo Antico" in Cortona, Tuscany

Recommended Restaurants in Southern Tuscany

Hearing of the Italian region of "Tuscany" one immediately thinks of feasting with good food and wine: Bruschetta appetizers and Chianti wine, Acquacotta soup and wild boar ham, Cantucci cookies and Vin Santo. When travelling in Tuscany you can be pretty sure to get something delicious to eat whereever you go. However, there are differences, and the best places to eat are often hidden. And they are not necessarily where most the most tourists go.
In the last 15 years many a trip with guests or with the family  has led us to  neighboring Southern TuscanySo we do not want to withhold our tastiest culinary discoveries.

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Ornella, the cook with a heart
Ornella, the cook with a heart

Ornella, our Christmas Angel

We are often asked what it is like at La Rogaia in winter, and how Christmas is celebrated here.

During a summer vacation with 35° Celsius in the shadow understandably it is difficult to imagine what the joys of winter and Christmas in Umbria look like.

So here's a glimpse at our Umbrian Christmas ...

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A winter sunday walk near Città di Castello
A winter sunday walk near Città di Castello

The first snow in Valtiberina, Umbria Tuscany

On Friday November 20 we took the last load of olives to the oil mill and got our delicious, deep green, new olive oil. The mild November wheather has blessed the olive pickers with days full of sunshine. Of course it is much more fun to pick olives or to take a rest on the mint scented meadows under the trees when the sun is shining. But already a day later the winter came to Umbria ...

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Zucchini and egg plant fresh from the grill, decorated with sweet ripe Pachino tomatoes and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil. Simple recipe, fantastic taste!
Zucchini and egg plant fresh from the grill, decorated with sweet ripe Pachino tomatoes and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil. Simple recipe, fantastic taste!

NEW! Culinary weeks 2016

Tuscany and Umbria are famous for their culinary treasures: truffles, salami and prosciutto, legumes and the famous olive oil. Of course you can try to find all these hidden treasures on your own. But wouldn ’t it be much easier if someone helps you, takes you by the hand and shows you places the average tourist hardly ever will find?
Have a look at our new "Full immersion culinary weeks" in spring and fall 2016!

 

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Osteria "Rosso di Sera", San Feliciano Magione. Foto: www.osteriarossodisera.net
Osteria "Rosso di Sera", San Feliciano Magione. Foto: www.osteriarossodisera.net

Recommended Restaurants at Lake Trasimeno

Especially in summer Lake Trasimeno is a popular destination. Accordingly, there is an abundance of restaurants, some better, some worse. In order that you will not be fobbed off with bad food in "tourist traps", here are our recommendations for the best restaurants in the towns around Lake Trasimeno.

 

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Ornella is inviting you to her kitchen
Ornella is inviting you to her kitchen

New! Cookery class in Umbria, fall 2015

Due to popular demand we have added another cooking class from September 12 to 19,  2015 to our program. Let yourself be enchanted by Ornella's cuisine and her Mediterranean temperament ...

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Restaurant "La Bastiglia", Spello. Foto: www.labastiglia.com
Restaurant "La Bastiglia", Spello. Foto: www.labastiglia.com

Recommended Restaurants in Umbria

Even though we are pretty spoiled by the excellent cuisine of our cook Ornella, we sometimes like to eat out. Not many places in Umbria can take on Ornella's cooking skills, but the following restaurants are definitely worth a try.

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