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2) Masci & Co    http://www.mascico.com.au
I have a newly discovered cousin in Melbourne – Daniel Masci. Our great grandfathers were brothers and our strong family ties have linked us back to Abruzzo when Daniel visited Abruzzo on one of my tours! As soon as he rediscovered his ancestral ties to his family village of VILLAMAGNA, he …”fell in love with the culture, people, magical sites and especially the sense of pride that the Abruzzese people have for their town, country, villages and especially family and food. The Masci family in Australia to this day continues with traditions such as homemade pasta sauce, where the family comes together to spend a day boiling tomatoes, filling jars with fresh basil and pressing the tomatoes to a beautiful Pomodori salsa (tomato sauce). Fresh pasta is always being made at Zia (Aunty) Maria’s the traditional and best way. Our products are from our family and friends in Abruzzo and we are very proud to offer what we consider some of the finest quality products from the region. Daniel set out to create Masci & Co, an import company in Melbourne that is bringing the finest quality artisan products from the rugged region of Abruzzo, Italy to Australia. Wine from a family winery in Villamagna, Truffle products hand selected and hunted, handpicked vegetable pestos, fresh made pasta and many other products that have been selected with care from local suppliers dedicated to quality.” Daniel now imports some exclusive fabulous gourmet items from Abruzzo into Australia – items that will never be seen in any deli or shop.. Look out for: * Abruzzo wines: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red wine, Trebbiano and Pecorino white wine from VALLE MARTELLO winery (also another Masci family business, another cousin!) * Pasta Maiella: great durum wheat pastas made from the finest flours and purest water from the Maiella mountains. * Condiments: delicious wine jellies made with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Chardonnay grapes (to accompany the finest pecorino sheep milk cheeses) as well as Spreads – like artichoke pate spread and broad bean spread (fabulous on warm bruschetta bread!)
NEWS from MASCI & CO: “We are really excited to finally open the shop and having a grand opening in Fitro
Saturday 1st Feb 3.00 – 5.00. we will be making some amazing pasta, have samples of all our antipasto and just having a celebrating really, we would love to see you all down here.”
Contact Daniel Masci to find out more: 

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I thought I would start the new year with some insights into the great artisans in Abruzzo. This region has been and still is abundant with artisans and rich cultural traditions, including craftsmen and women in: * Copper * Wrought Iron * Ceramics * Lace and Embroidery * Goldsmiths READ more… Sampler on handmade linen, dated 1899. Shared with me by Maria in Palombaro village, Maiella National Park. This was from her mother. Read More
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I thought to start my blog on Abruzzo I would share with you places I love to visit with my family and friends, time and time again.

1. Walk the cobbled streets of hilltop town Loreto Aprutino. Scarlet geraniums spill over the balconies of the old stone houses. There is a fascinating ceramics museum here too.
http://www.gustoperamore.com/territorio 2. Linger on the long main walking street of Guardiagrele. Known for its traditional artisans, visit goldsmiths working in gold filigree jewellery. Also see craftsmen and women working in wrought iron, copper, ceramics and fine linen embroidery…

3.Glimpse old fishing traditions on the “trabocchi” along the Adriatic Coast. These whimsical wooden structures were built in the days when pirates threatened fishing boats and it was safer to fish from shore. Some, like Trabocco Punta Cavalluccio have been lovingly renovated.
http://www.visitterredeitrabocchi.it/category/itinerari-tour-post/
4. Follow the footsteps of shepherds.. The shepherds have brought their flocks down from the Apennines during late autumn to the warmer valleys and region of Puglia. The network of shepherds’ tracks makes splendid day treks and you may meet the odd traditional shepherd carrying his worn and trusted umbrella with his flock not too far away.

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