Focaccia in Calvarina

Focaccia in Calvarina

apericena in agri


in Calvarina

Baita Calvarina, an agritourism in Calvarina, a hill near Arzignano, created some super duper events for Thursday nights in the Summer: the Apericene in Agri.

baita calvarina

The agritourism is well appreciated in our area because the food is good and there’s a lot of space, inside and outside. 

It’s perfect for our large family lunches. 

In the Summer evenings Baita Calvarina is a lovely location, lit by the last rays of the sun and with a temperature that is always a couple of degrees lower than in town. 

due focacce in calvarina

In July 2020 the owners invented the “Apericena in agri“, evenings with focacce and boards of cold cuts and cheese, to share with family and friends while drinking something chilly in the hot Summer.

The apericene are held on Thursdays, and on those days these are the only things that are on the menu, if I’m not mistaken.

The event is quite successful because

1. up there temperatures are much better

2. focacce are delicious. 

the focacce

focaccia in calvarina con provola, noci e miele

The focacce, with slow rising, are of 4 different tastes with interesting ingredients (like honey, onion, nuts), plus two simple with tomato and parma ham. 

My favorite was with caramelized onion. 

They were so inviting that I forgot to photograph them, I didn’t think about it at all, only these two (after I had already eaten a bit of the first two). 

To match the focacce they offer some artisan beers, made in a brewery from Vicenza.

Or white wine, for the aficionados like my father.


The location

baita calvarina la sera

Location and set up are also super.

Location does not need explanation, it’s on a hill surrounded by nature.

giardino della baita calvarina

For the Summer due (or thanks to) Covid-19 they set some large tables in the garden.

There’s a lot of space and social distance is guaranteed.

lavanda dentro un bicchiere
lavanda e birra in baita calvarina

I hope these events will continue for the rest of the Summer, because I want to go back (I would go right now, if it wasn’t Tuesday morning when I’m writing).

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Dinner at Corte di Casale

Dinner at Corte di Casale

Dinner at

Corte di Casale


A Wednesday of August I went for dinner at Corte di Casale.

The Corte di Casale isn’t a restaurant, open every day for lunch or dinner; it’s an old villa usually booked for events, company dinners, weddings. Sometimes Arianna, the manager, organizes a “tasting” dinner, where engaged couples or anyone interested can taste their dishes.

One of the best cuisines of the area, in my modest opinion.

The location

An old residence of the 1800s, with some rustic antiques, a big green area and a lot of nature around.

The details

Smoked mozzarella and taralli.


Prosciutto and melon.

Sopressa and figs. Love figs on the table!!

First courses

Risotto with Barolo wine, Belfiore apples, crunchy speck.

I’ve never had a better risotto in my life.


Corte di Casale - wedding in vicenza

“Bundle” with artichokes and king prawns, on a bed of valerian.

Second courses

Sliced calf with berries and seasonal vegetables.

At this point I was quite full, but it was so good that I asked for a second portion (just one slice).

Great quality wine as always.


Mojito sorbet and sponge cake with creams.

Follow their facebook page for updates on their next tasting dinner 🙂

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Bruschetta at


La contrada del gusto

Some time ago I was at the Laita, la contrada del gusto, for dinner; one of the collest places in my area, the “Valle del Chiampo”.

It’s an old contrada renovated and converted into an elegant restaurant, a bruschetteria and gelateria.

I took so many pictures that night that I decided to make a blog post out of it.


The location

These old stone houses are one of our richest heritage.

Surrounded by the nature of the Alta Valle del Chiampo.

With style.

Grandparents’ bed.



Aperitivo with fried gnocco and pancetta.

Sambuca syrup, durello wine and lemon.


The Food

Bruschetta with Burlino caciotta, smoked trout in cubes, saor, apple, fresh baby spinach.

Bread: wholegrain ciabatta with rye flour.

Coppa gelato (you would have enough for dinner just with this one).

Laita’s has recently been voted 7th best Italian icecream parlour.

Gelato at Laita’s deserves its own space because it’s a unique experience.

Particularly the affogato.

and when night comes…

It’s the attention to details that makes this place so special, from the ingredients of the dishes to the smallest flower on display.

definitely recommended…

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