This past weekend after our tour de force of children’s’ sports days, shows and yes Saturday was also the end of the year school party, we decided we needed a break from it all. As in fresh air and wide open countryside, where no one had to cook and our biggest decision could be deciding on what to eat for lunch. I have spoken about this area before, and that’s because it is one of my favorites as well as being the home to a very close friend American friend of mine. The beautiful area of Monferrato, in the Northern Region of Piedmont.
Just 50 minutes by car from Milan and we arrive in time for the kids to have a quick play in my friend Laura’s backyard, before going to have lunch. The kids get to see birds, rabbits, bunnies, cat’s and dogs that licked each other, and the cutest little puppy ever named Sisi..who had a few accidents, thus saving me another year of ‘can we get a dog?’ questions.
We drove to Vignale, Monferrato to have lunch at a place called Il Mongetto Dre Caste, one of those places where as soon as you sit down they start bringing you their specialties to try. Gorgonzola with sweet pepper jam and whole grain bread, cooked salame, and foccacia fresh out of the oven is how we start our lunch, and finally 2 hours later we head back to Laura’s house, stopping only to buy fresh honey. Right before heading back to Milan we walk over to ‘the piazza’ (city square) where we see the Medieval Festival of Fubine, there is a band, marching, costumes and flag twirlers! Truly much more than anyone could have imagined on a rainy Sunday in the beautiful but quiet area of Northern Italy, called Monferrato.