Thursday, December 10, 2009


I didn't think we were going to visit a frantoio this year.  Art helped Giacomo haul his olives to the frantoio, but didn't stick around for the actual pressing, and I didn't even go along. Bruschetta_Frantoio 035 Our favorite frantoio in Pigge didn't have enough oil to sell this year, and it was rainy on the "Frantoi Aperti" weekend.  Luckily our friends Larry and Shelly arrived back in Italy to harvest their olives, and invited us along to watch them turn into oil!  There were ten of us, so it was a party, especially when the owner of the frantoio brought out the bruschetta, dripping with the new olive oil!  YUM!  Here are some pictures from our visit to the La Pace Frantoio in Massa Martana, not far from Todi.

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Two Franciscan priests stopped by....

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And FINALLY Larry and Shelly's oil started pouring from the spout!  They had a record amount - 70 liters!

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And the leftovers…..

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