Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Another beautiful drive, this time in Abruzzo's National Parks

20 November
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  Here are some photos from a drive I made last Sunday from Montorio, home to a wonderful Salumi producer called appropriately Salumeria del Parco, to Amatrice which is, of course the home of the famous italian dish spaghetti amatriciana.  In between, I drove through the National park named the Mountains of the Lake, through picturesque canyons with beautiful fall foliage, waterfalls, lovely towns...you know, the usual.
The cured meats table with lonzino, prosciutto, wonderful salamis and native variety apples at Salumeria del Parco

The smoking room with smoke 

Our little gourmet group with our leader Alessandro helping himself to the salami.

Special thanks to Alessandro for bringing our breakfast wines, Cloudy Bay S.B. and Pineau Charentes, which I had never heard of, but is a wonderfully balanced sweet wine from France.

The entrance to the salami mecca of Montorio.

Salamis hanging from the ceiling, Salvatore uses white pepper in his signature salami which gives a great though mild kick to the meat.
from Montorio to Ortolano

last shades of yellow and red for the fall season

Take a hidden right turn at Ortolano, watch out for the cows in the road and arrive at the Lago di Campotosto

Love this one, no doctoring performed by iPhoto

looking north and...

looking south from the northern tip of the lake near Campotosto

The obligatory picture of cattle 

The last of the fall colors

And finally back in Arquata del Tronto home of Pecorino grapes

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