Yesterday we woke up to another snowy day, right after we'd put out our more fragile plants for a nice sunning and then killed them. It seemed a good enough reason to go in search of comfort food and we headed for the Cascina Cavenago or Agriturismo Cavenago owned by the Martinoli family of Ghemme.
The property, and old castle, stands on a little hill overlooking the town itself with acres for animals and kids to run rampant. Tall iron gates opened into a courtyard surrounded by high walls and filled with antique machinery that once mashed grapes to a pulp. Ancient tools were loaded into old shelving: all incredibly fascinating and if it weren't so cold and I wasn't so hungry, I'd have looked them all over.
We were lucky, there was just one table left. I'll highly suggest making a reservation here because the food was delicious, the ambience was that of the old world, with richly woven floor to ceiling curtains gently swagged around doorwarys and the enormous mouth of a fireplace yawning at one end of the room.
It was the little details that made this place a delight, the parchment menu on the table, the dishes and their placement, the wine, the service, the decor. It all added up to make Sunday lunch an amazing experience and a delight. We are certain to go back again.
And if you want to stay? Here is an idea of what you might be in for. Check out their site at Il Cavenago