Anne's Blog

Petroio’s Political Culinary Festival

Date: September 29, 2014 - categories: , , , - 2 Comments

From early April to late October, sagras – outdoor village food festivals – animate the evenings all over central Italy. They all have common threads: ten-day festivals highlighted by outdoor dinners at long tables (under tents in inclement weather) of typical local cuisine cooked by volunteers (often local farm women) and served by other volunteers (generally the teens with the elderly) with ballroom dancing afterwards. Oh yes, and at very reasonable prices for the closest you can get to homemade cooking (outside of someone’s home!). After all, the earnings of the sagra are usually just used to pay the bands and perhaps for a local village initiative, i.e., new play equipment?

A volunteer serves up the goodness

Volunteers serve up the goodness

But some sagras are fund-raisers for political parties. The one we attended in Petroio was a PD festival, funds earned directed to the Partito Democratico (that of the Prime Minister now, Matteo Renzi). Not our party but we were there to see Petroio friends Franca and Nicola (architect) – who volunteered to man the dessert cart for the 10-day festival. We were there both for them – and for the pici all’aglione, the dish taking center stage at this festival. Pici are a thick spaghetti (called “strangozzi” here in Umbria) and the Tuscan aglione tomato sauce is heavy on the garlic. Che buono! Franca opted for the pici al ragu (with a meat sauce) but we both chose the pici all’aglione.

Franca and Pino talk over pasta

Franca and Pino talk over pasta

Pici all aglione

Pici all’aglione

And Pino didn’t mind the hour drive to Petroio when he heard that snails were on the menu, too, at this festival. And the Tuscan bean dish, fagioli all’uccelletto, was the perfect side dish. All around us, families were sharing conversation and good foods and across from us, the dance band was feasting before going on stage. Some were having the Tuscan antipasto, others the wild boar and the pig livers; Tuscan steak were choices, too.

The band and singers enjoy dinner before they perform

The band and singers enjoy dinner before they perform

Sharing good food at good prices

Sharing good food at good prices

Pino in heaven over those snails

Pino in heaven over those snails

Nicola pushed the sweet cart up to our table, too, trying to entice us with a dessert. His blue shirt with “Yes” on the front did not win us over. The panna cotta tempted. But who had room?

Nicola with his dessert cart

Nicola with his dessert cart

Read more about Petroio

Read more on the sagras

Read more on sagras

Read about a favorite sagra near Perugia

Read about a spicy Rieti sagra

Read about a sagra near Perugia starring peperoncino

Read about another favorite spot in southern Tuscany for pici all’aglione


  • nicola says:

    Pino e Franca che parlano (o boccheggiano?) “sulla” pasta troppo calda sono veramente deliziosi !!!
    io, di profilo, -diciamo la verità- sono una schifezza,
    mentre me la cavicchio ancora di fronte.
    L’ assolo di Pino è invece, come sempre, vincente.
    Sei proprio una brava fotografa!
    un bacio,

  • Bev Oliveri says:

    Oh, I want to go with you!
    Buon Natale!!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Privacy Policy

Privacy Italian Legislative Decree n° 196/2003 Under Article 13 of the Italian Legislative Decree no. 196/2003, regulations with regard to the Protection of Personal Data, this is an informative report to all interested parties on the modality of the treatment of personal data, arising from interaction with our website
THE PRINCIPAL FOR DATA TREATMENT During site consultation, personal data referring to identified or identifiable persons can be processed. The principal for data treatment is Anne Robichaud Pian della Pieve Assisi 06081 (PG) Italy. The data will be mainly processed at the mentioned head office by the people responsible for the website or by other people appointed for occasional maintenance operations, provided that their actions conform to of the guarantees enshrined in the Legislative Decree 196/2003.
Web navigation The information systems and software procedures required for the functioning of this website, acquire some personal data during their normal service, the transmission of which is implicit in the use of web communication protocols. This information is not collected with the purpose of identifying interested parties, but due to its very nature, the information could lead to user identification through processes and relations with data held by third parties. In this data category there are IP addresses or domain names belonging to computers used by users who connect to the site, addresses with URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) notification of the requested resources, time of the request, used method in submitting the request to the server, dimension of the file obtained in replying, the numeric code mentioning the reply status given by the server (successful reply, error, etc?) and other parameters referred to the operation system and to the user’s information environment. This data is used with the sole purpose of obtaining anonymous statistical information on the use of the site and to check the correct functioning; immediately after processing, the data is erased.
Data voluntarily supplied by the user The voluntary optional and explicit e-mail transmission to the addresses mentioned in this site implies the subsequent acquisition of the sender’s address, necessary to reply to the queries, as well as the other eventual personal data registered in the message.
OPTIONAL PERSONAL DATA SUPPLY Except for the above mentioned navigation data, the user may be asked to supply his own personal data through queries or messages to the email addresses shown in the contact pages. Failure to provide such data may be the cause of the inability to obtain the requested information from the company.
TREATMENT MODALITY The personal data is treated in compliance with the Legislative Decree no. 196/2003 and held only for the time necessary to achieve the aim for which it has been collected. Specific safety measures are taken to prevent any data loss, illicit or incorrect use and unauthorized access.
RIGHTS OF THIRD PARTIES The data subjects are at any time entitled to obtain confirmation as to whether or not data relating to him are held, to know the contents and the origin, to check the correctness, to ask for integration, updating or change (art. 7 Decree Law 196:June 2003). In accordance with the same article, they are entitled to obtain the erasure, conversion into anonymous form or freezing of all data used in breach of the law, to object, on legitimate grounds, to the processing of data relating to him. All requests have to be transmitted to the e-mail address

Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)