Eating Like a King at Fattoria di Fiorano
Fattoria di Fiorano is a restaurant that is nestled just southwest of the center of Rome. The only practical way to get to the restaurant is by car. To get a better idea of the area, the location of Fattoria di Fiorano is located very close to Ciampino Airtport. A taxi from the airport should take around five minutes. I learned about the restaurant from my friends Robert and Manuela. When I arrived in Rome, Robert picked me up at the metro station and the first thing he said was, “freshen up because we are taking you to an amazing restaurant outside the city.” Robert’s has an amazing taste for good food so I knew I was in for a treat.
When we arrived at the gate, Manuela informed the host that we had arrived and confirmed our reservation (reservations are recommended). Once the gate opened, Robert suggested I get out of the car and meet them down the road so I can take pictures of the olive trees and vines. I quickly agreed and began snapping away.
After taking several pictures of the entrance, I met up with Robert and Manuela who were talking with the restaurant staff. They greeted me and gave me permission to photograph the rest of the property. However, the more I walked around the property, the more I kept smelling cheese, wine, and other food which distracted me completely. I guess that’s a good way to be distracted from taking photos. 🙂
Exploring the property forced me to wonder about the history of the place and especially the family who owned the farm. Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa inherited lands along the Appian Way (Via Appia Antica). In 1946 he planted four grapes: Merlot, Cabernet, Semillon, and Malvasia di Candia.1 However, unlike most of his fellow growers, Alberico decided to grow his grapes naturally. This made him a pioneer in organic winemaking.2 Albercio became a legend but overtime he stopped producing. Thankfully, Alberico’s granddaughters Allegra, Albiera, and Alessia decided to revive the Fattoria and what a blessing that they did.3
Eventually, I made my way back to Robert and Manuela who were “taking a roll in the hay”, literally.
I was having a great time walking around the property and taking pictures, but my senses got the best of me and I needed some vino and cheese ASAP. However, I should introduce some of the staff so you can become familiar with them prior to your visit.
Valeria is the manager of the restaurant and she is extremely pleasant and helpful. She was not only nice enough to let me take photos of the grounds, but she also posed for a photo with Manuela.
It was a blessing to sit down and enjoy delicious wine and food with my friends. We chatted about travel, work, and the amazing food we were eating. Sadly, the appetizer was so good it didn’t last long.
The evening became cool so we made our way to another part of the restaurant. The setting was just as beautiful as where we were before. I couldn’t wait for my second dish, but first Robert and I needed more vino and Valeria was quick to take care of our request.
Fioranello, is a very popular and respected wine in Italy and I was absolutely in heaven when Valeria brought us a second bottle.
The food kept coming and the conversation also kept flowing. I had an amazing time at Fattoria with Robert and Manuela. The food is amazing, the wine is one of the best in Italy, but it’s the staff who made my experience even more enjoyable. They are professional, fun, and friendly. This is a must visit if you are in Rome. Here is more information about the restaurant.
Phone: (39) 342 3658581 or (39) 79340114
I highly recommend calling to make a reservation prior to arriving. In addition, the menu changes so ask the staff what they are serving for the day.
Special thanks to Robert, Manuela, and Fattoria di Fiorano for sharing in one of the most amazing evening I have had on my journey. Thank you.
Sources 1-3 were taken from Fattoria di Fiorano’s website.
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