Blog Posts - Life In Italy



The "Little Surprises" of Living in Italy...White Truffle & Wild Pheasant for Dinner

We always say, it's the little surprises throughout the day that remind us that we live in Italy. You can never have a set schedule or even menu because you just never know what may happen or unexpected adventure will unfold on any given day. People...
by La Tavola Marche on Dec 2, 2013

{Podcast from Italy} New Episode #59: Bentornati and the Truffle Mafia

Welcome back to our "Podcast from Italy!" After short hiatus during our busy season, we are now back recording our podcast from our farmhouse in Le Marche. This week we recap the end of the season and our annual Forage, Slaughter & Butchery Progr...
by La Tavola Marche on Nov 24, 2013

Gathering Walnuts in Le Marche - 3 Fall Recipes

It's that time of year when via Candigliano is filled with fall foragers looking mushrooms, truffles and fallen walnuts. Dr. Gaggi arrived at our door with a basket full of fresh walnuts ready to dry. (You can see in the photo below there are a few s...
by La Tavola Marche on Oct 12, 2013

La Città di Birra: Beer + Gastronomy + Truffles in Apecchio

Alogastronomia is a word recently invented in Apecchio - it is the combination of beer (alo) and gastronomy (gastronomia).  In a tiny village of just over 2,000 they have put themselves on the map as La Città di Birra, "The city of Beer" and ri...
by La Tavola Marche on Oct 6, 2013

The Evening Commute: Traffic Free in Le Marche

A night photo of our farmhouse, all the guests are asleep and we are headed to bed.... It may be late, but the commute is a breeze and traffic free! (Walk from the left side of screen/photo to the right where we live in the little house.) Buona Not...
by La Tavola Marche on Sep 26, 2013

{Podcast from Italy} New Episode #58: “Organic” Food in the EU and Favorite Fig Recipes

 A sunny September morning we answer your listener questions about shopping for 'organic' food in Italy and the EU and share a few of our favorite fig recipes as well! Positive predictions for the mushroom/truffle season this fall as hunting...
by La Tavola Marche on Sep 14, 2013

The Quickest Easiest Way to Preserve Tomatoes

With over 400 tomato plants in 12 varieties, needless to say, we love pomodori! However you can't eat them all at once - so we preserve our tomatoes a few different ways to extended their season and flavor long into winter.  You don't have to gr...
by La Tavola Marche on Sep 9, 2013

The Quicket Easiest Way to Preserve Tomatoes

With over 400 tomato plants in 12 varieties, needless to say, we love pomodori! However you can't eat them all at once - so we preserve our tomatoes a few different ways to extended their season and flavor long into winter.  You don't have to gr...
by La Tavola Marche on Sep 8, 2013

La Vendemmia, The Grape Harvest has Begun...

On his way home from town, Jason was stopped by a friendly neighbor offering a gift of fall - fresh clipped grapes! When he asked what type they were, Olavio smiled his crooked smile (missing a few teeth) and said, "il nostro" ours. Well, it's as sim...
by La Tavola Marche on Sep 4, 2013

Podcast from Italy: Q&A Tomato Recipes, Pumping Gas & The Italian Diet

The hens are back to producing eggs daily, and we're back with the latest podcast from Italy! It's the first Sunday of September and we've got a little time away from the guests and garden to answer your burning questions, from our favorite tomato...
by La Tavola Marche on Sep 2, 2013

Video: 10 Things We Love About Italy

10 Things We Love About Italy from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo. Our friends Daniel and Mirra, (James Beard) award winning filmmakers from Perennial Plate have just released their latest short food-travel film and this time its all about Italy. Wat...
by La Tavola Marche on Jul 31, 2013

From the US with Love...Cooking in Italy

Ashley & Jason Bartner photo by Alessandro Moggi  Corriere della Sera, one of Italy's longest running national newspapers featured a story on La Tavola Marche this week! It is a lovely article on our life in Le Marche and a story of how we...
by La Tavola Marche on Jul 23, 2013

{Podcast from Italy} #55 - A Day in the Life of....+ A Summer Recipe

A look at what an average day is like from sunrise to sunset running a farm, inn and cooking school. Jason shares the recipe for one of our favorite dishes of the season! Click here for the recipe mentioned in the podcast: Grilled Eggplant with Fr...
by La Tavola Marche on Jul 22, 2013

{Podcast from Italy} The Pasta Machine vs. The Rolling Pin

It's a beautiful July morning in Le Marche and we were able to squeeze in a little time for a podcast this Sunday. Let the great debate begin -  Jason explains why he teaches his "Pasta & Sauces" class using an Atlas pasta rolling machine...
by La Tavola Marche on Jul 7, 2013

Expat Lives: From the US to Italy & Living the American Dream

photo: www.alessandromoggi.com  "Expat Lives: the US to Italy" The article about how Jason & I started La Tavola Marche (Farm, Inn & Cooking School) has been published in Financial Times!!  "When American newlywed Ashley Bartne...
by La Tavola Marche on Jul 2, 2013

Podcast from Italy: Post Pizza Night Podcast!

 It's been a month since our last podcast so we have a lot to update - from the weather and garden to the chickens and the wedding! Another late night podcast (after pizza night!) We recap all the happenings at our farmhouse, plus  expla...
by La Tavola Marche on Jun 22, 2013

Sunrise: Day break on our farm in Italy

Buon giorno - good morning!! A gorgeous shot of the sun rising above over our farm.  (Thanks Marty for the photo!) Have a sunny day!
by La Tavola Marche on Jun 17, 2013

Been Busy, Preparing for a Wedding....

 You may have noticed a recent drop-off in posts and recipes - well, we have been busy preparing for my younger sister's wedding! (And it was perfect!!) More posts, recipes, photos, festivals and stories to come - thanks for your patience. It wa...
by La Tavola Marche on Jun 10, 2013

{VIDEO} Visiting the Vineyards & Bottling Wine in Le Marche, Italy

Every year we visit our favorite winemakers to collect hundreds of liters of wine for guests in glass demijohns. In this short film we visit 3 vineyards and winemakers, buying 600 liters of loose wine or vino sfuso and then return to our farm to b...
by La Tavola Marche on May 28, 2013

{Podcast from Italy} A Rare Late Nite Edition

Long after a hard day's work in the garden and cleaning the pool we fired up the mics to record a great podcast! This week Jason and I recanted our most recent "Feel like a Local" Friday's in Apecchio (which sent us on a grappa tangent!) Then we went...
by La Tavola Marche on May 16, 2013


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