bardolino: gianni piccoli and his family at corte gardoni

The long flight to Venice behind us, we arrived at the Color Hotel in Bardolino (a great place to stay if you visit). The next morning we were off to visit Gianni Piccoli and his family at Corte Gardoni.

Gianni’s family have been producing wine in the Veneto since 1660 when they held land in what is now Valpolicella. Battles with hail and phylloxera led them away to the land west, where the family grew apples and other fruits. In the 70s, the opportunity to buy the Corte Gardoni estate came along, and Gianni convinced his father that wine was in […]

vinoteca centro storico

I’m burning up a lot of bandwidth for this big photo, but I liked the dog (he got the scraps), and I LOVED the restaurant.This little “enoteca” had some of the best food Susan and I had in Italy. It’s about a kilometer up the road from Sergio’s in the village of Serralunga, under the old castle.Alessio (the owner) married well (Stefania, his wife) because his mother-in-law (don’t know her name) prepares food like you wouldn’t believe.My capacity for raw meat is surprising, but when you have a bunch of Dolcetto and Barbera to wash it down…yum! If you’re visiting […]