Walter, food & wine expert at Where Lemons Blossom, is in this very moment on a very special mission. He is probably right now crossing the veranda of Locanda Montelippo, where the Aiudi family – the owner of the agritourism – are showing him in, together with national Press representatives invited by Cristina Ortolani, the organiser of the event “One village, one hundred stories”.
What is Locanda Montelippo? It’s a dream come true, says Alice Aiudi who – together with her brother Andrea and her parents Giuliano and Ivana – takes care of the Locanda Montelippo, an Italian agritourism in Capponello di Colbordolo, a magic country corner between the Renaissance “Ideal city” of Urbino (World Heritage) and the town of Pesaro on the Adriatic coast.
Lived by shepherds throughout the 20th century, the casolare (the typical Italian country house) belongs to the Aiudi family since 2004. After accurate restoration works carried on according to bioconstruction rules, the agritourism opened to guests in 2011.
All family members have their special tasks: Giuliano supervises the whole farm, Alice takes care of ‘little fruits’ (Locanda Montelippo is specialzed in little fruit production which grow over 2000 sm; as a matter of fact Montelippo has created – for the event “One village, one hundred stories” – a special edition of their famous Tutto more jam, blackberry jam), Ivana is in charge of the Administration and Andrea is the cook, an exceptional cook with a 15-year-long experience in Italy and abroad; he has been executive chef of a prestigious hotel chain, where he and his staff – in San Francisco – were awarded a deserved Michelin star.
The cooking – the love for food and tradition – is one of Montelippo strongest point. Thanks to Andrea’s exquisite taste, tradition meets modern genius, with a particular attention to quality.
While sitting in the cool shade of the veranda or, in Autumn, in front of the fireplace, the guests of the Aiudi family can taste white and ovine meat from their farm, together with grilled red meat bred in the nearby hills, accompanied by vegetables freshly picked in their garden. Pasta is strictly home-made: passatelli, maltagliati and tagliatelle, whereas the Locanda’s wood stove daily offer roast-beef, pies and cakes. Vegans and coeliacs find their own menu as well.
Upon leaving Montelippo, you can take a piece of the “Locanda” home with you. If you stop by the farm shop, you’ll find a wide range of sauces, jams and other delicacies produced by the Aiudi family (Montelippo has joined the Italian Store Network of Campagna Amica – a synonym of quality and reliability of Km O products).
The Aiudi family is kindly giving hospitality, in these very days, to the Press (national journalists, bloggers and professional video-makers) invited by the organizers of the event “One village, one hundred stories” for a mini-tour across the territories hosting the initiative.