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Giro in Italia 2004

 

 

 

This was our first Giro and Mark Pastore, the proprietor of Incanto Restaurant in San Francisco attended with his wife Nona.  The dinner we cooked-up for the Vestri family and friends numbered 25 guests in the family party room over the frantoio.  There is a single large table that seats everyone, and the room is stocked with dinner service for thirty.  Italians take dinner parties very seriously.Enjoy the pictures; click the thumbnail for larger images.

Also enjoy some videos on the Select Videos Page.

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The beautiful colli (hills) around the frantoio, with some old olive trees in the foreground.
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Very early morning delivery of fresh-picked olives to be pressed for the festa.
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The wood fire stove used to grill the bruschetta.
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Two frantoio workers with the new control console.
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Guido Vestri and Mark Pastori.
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The new malaxer gently churns the curshed paste to facilitate oil separation.
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Mark learning how the oil is created.
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Paolo Vestri, youngest Vestri sibling, will be  taking over the frantoio.
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All during the festa people arrive to purchase the new oil.
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Guido drawing new oil for a customer.
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The pomace byproduct of crushing extra virgin oil can be used to make low grade oil, but Olivestri uses it to heat the plant and their homes.
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The whimsical chestnut roaster fire being lit.
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The dinner table set for  for 26 for the Halloween feast that  we prepared for the Vestri family.
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Three of the Vestri daughters with two of their husbands lead us in song after dinner.
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The garden view of Villa Petrinia, the B&B operated by one of the daughters across the street from the frantoio.
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Kris and Howard at Villa Petrinia  - 
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Check-out the stories and photos from some of our other trips:

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 (some day I will assemble 2007 & 2008)
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