(…part of this series)
Flavio fired up his black and white Mini one day and we headed out into the wilds of eastern Umbria to stock the kitchen. After twenty minutes of driving country roads, we stopped at Colforcella di Cascia, where Rita Rossi has been producing goat and sheep cheeses since 1997. The farm has a small production, about a quintale (about 220 pounds) of goat cheese and 60 of sheep cheeses a day.
We put on rubber boots and headed into the barn. Signora Rossi is the only producer in the area and Flavio drops by regularly to wander among the goats and sample both the ageing cheeses and the fresh pots.
She has a tiny store next to the house where her cheese is for sale, along with the famous saffron from Cascia down the road, the tiny Umbrian town where the annual saffron festival is held in late October.
By the looks of her product, it is obvious that Flavio has a keen eye for sourcing only the best.