Today my Italian host family and I made a day-trip to Castello di San Pelagio (The San Pelagio Castle) near Padua. There we explored the Flight Museum inside of the Castle, walked around the beautiful surrounding gardens, and made our way through a maze called "The Minotaur Labyrinth." We also stopped for lunch at a nearby "Agrotourism" restaurant, where I enjoyed an amazing meal - polenta con formaggio e funghi (polenta with cheese and mushrooms) for an antipasto, pappardelle ai fungi porcini (mushroom pasta) for a primo piatto with red wine, and tiramisu for dessert with an espresso. My Italian family explained Agrotourism to me while we ate - most traditionally, Italian agrotourism refers to bed-and-breakfasts or restaurants that serve only locally grown and produced foods. So, the pasta was hand-made and the mushrooms were grown on the same farm on which the restaurant where we ate was located.
In the late afternoon we headed back home to Cittadella, and after dinner I tried Fraggolino Bianco for the first time. This is a sweet dessert wine, typical from the Veneto region, and made from a special kind of grape that has a "strawberry" taste to it ("Fraggola" means strawberry in Italian). Fraggolino can be made as a red or white wine, but what I tried was white. This wine was especially good because it was homemade - the bottle had no label on it, and my Italian parents were only able to get it because they know the people who make it. They warned me that Fraggolino may not be as tasty if I get it somewhere else, because it is often too sweet. I asked what makes good wine good, and they responded "because it is made with love." This is definitely my new favorite wine, though Prosecco follows quickly behind.
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