‘We’ve been in gastronomic heaven since arrival’ -  Sue Mulherin


The foodie capital of Poggio Mirteto is a five minute drive away, with its Slow Food butcher, fresh pasta merchant, artisan ice cream maker and much more.  A two minute stroll from Casa Poggio is an agriturismo selling organic produce – honey, jam, eggs, limoncello liqueur...  Market days are Tuesday and Friday, good for spit-roast pork and local cheeses. You’ll even find a family-run supermarket selling home-produced oil, honey and meat. 


Some excellent little restaurants are dotted around the hills – from steak on the barbecue at a Romanesque abbey, to fresh fish in a beautiful old villa, to fungi porcini from a cosy trattoria in the mountain foothills. All are firmly off the tourist trail. You will eat heartily and very, very well. Nearest to home is a pop-up restaurant at an organic farm: an unmissable experience. As one of our guests wrote, ‘We’ll be talking about our meal at Orto Bio for years to come.’ 


Casa Poggio’s south-facing slopes are home to 150 olive trees, some as old as the house itself. For one week every October a team gathers to pick the olives by hand. The result is a typical Sabine extra virgin oil: bright green, grassy and intensely peppery, mellowing in time to a smoother, more golden product. Olive oil from the Sabine Hills is so prized by Italians it was the first to be given protected status (‘D.O.P.’). 


From eating arancini rice balls in a tiny trattoria, to the best spaghetti alla carbonara at a deluxe deli, we’ll give you a list of well-kept Roman secrets.