Our accommodations are the most homey of the trip so far, and Cetona is very, very quiet. Not sure if there are a lot of seasonal property owners, but many of the places don’t seem lived in and Vendesi (For Sale) signs are all over the place.
Earlier, we had decided to have some pasta at home on Sunday. We chose Barilla over the numerous places selling pasta in Montepulciano. We bought some beautiful local lettuce, tomatoes, and fennel. One small shop in town had some great buffalo mozzarella and homemade pesto, and the Conad supermarket had great looking Parmesan for a fraction of what we pay at home. And, in Montepulciano, we tried some bruschetta that had a dried tomato mixture (intingoloso) that was so good, we got that too.
So, we made a tomato sauce, with canned Italian tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, garlic, new olive oil, pesto and the intingoloso. We needed some bread to sop of the tasty extra sauce, but no one has bread on Sunday. We tried everywhere in Cetona and Montepulciano. We asked Francesco when he drove us to the olive oil store, and he doesn’t say “no” to anything.
He told us to wait in the car, and he simply went into a local restaurant owned by a friend in the square and came out with a large loaf of bread. We are becoming indebted to Francesco, but problem solved.