Il Tratturello, Mission Impossible – Accomplished!!!

When you have good friends, everything is possible! Left, Governor Andrew Cuomo smiling because he received the best gift: a bottle of Il Tratturello EV Olive Oil from Molise made by Francesco Travaglini. It is a long and beautiful story (read it here) with an even better ending! Gov. Cuomo, we hope you love this olive…

Gennaro Pecchia Is Our Man!!!

We always have grand ideas! Like this one – to give Bottle #1 of Il Tratturello to the new New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (read here why). Easy to say. Now, how do we do it? You can’t just send a bottle of olive oil to a governor –  it will not pass security and…

Tratturello Bottle Number One Goes to Numero UNO of NY State!

Tratturello EV Olive Oil is made in Molise by Francesco Travaglini, an honest, knowledgeable and passionate farmer with his Gentile di Larino olive trees in Molise. This is the label of Tratturello ev olive oil. Can you see it? Can you see the elegant red wax seal and the exclusive hand written number? Every single…

Tony Mantuano goes to Molise – part 4

(Read previous parts here) There are three dishes the Molisani are particularly proud of: Fusilli al Ferro, Pampanella and Zeppole. During our visit in Molise, we had a mission: Cathy and Tony would learn how to make these dishes and would include them in the menu at their restaurant Spiaggia.  Those who know us know that when we have…

Tony Mantuano Goes to Molise – part 3

 (Read previous parts here) I talk on behalf of the whole group (Tony, Cathy, Jeff and I): Molise is a spectacular region and we can’t wait to go back. We loved everybody we met and everything we saw. The clean air, the luminous light and the green of the hills. And the people: hard workers, proud…

Tony Mantuano goes to Molise – part 2

A week ago (read part 1, here), I spent two fantastic days with Tony and Cathy Mantuano, and world famous photographer, Jeff Kauck, in San Martino in Pensilis, where Tony and Cathy received awards and the keys of the town from the mayor, Vittorio Facciolla. Tony, Cathy and Jeff were perfect traveling companions and we all…

Tony Mantuano Goes to Molise – part 1

 Tony Mantuano, his wife Cathy and I will be in San Martino in Pensilis, Molise, at the end of the month. At 8pm of April 30th, at city hall, Tony will be given the keys to the town by the mayor, Vittorino Facciolla. The local music band will play The Star Spangled Banner and Fratelli d’Italia. A dinner…

Tony Mantuano Goes to…

Tony and his wife Cathy were invited by Vittorino Facciolla, the mayor of San Martino in Pensilis, a small village in Molise, to visit the region, receive the keys of the town (Cathy’s ancestors are from Molise), attend La Carrese, which is an oxen driven cart race that has been held every year for the last one thousand…

Obama’s Favorite Chef? Tony Mantuano!!!

BRAVO Tony!!! What a great occasion [and photo]!!! We are so so proud and happy for you. The photo comes from this article Here. Tony flew to Washington to cook for Obama, last friday night. Obama said that Tony is HIS (Obama’s) favorite chef! Not to sound impertinent and petulant, Tony, but did you give the bottle No. 1 of Tratturello to…