Piero and Katie Pagliardini met in 2006 when Katie was educating English overseas in Le Marche, a area in jap Italy. Katie, a Dallas native, was supposed to remain just for a semester, however after falling in love with Piero and the Italian tradition, ended up staying 4 years.
After getting married, the couple moved to Dallas. They resided in Lake Highlands, dwelling on Edgecove Road, and began their household, however could not assist however sense a niche in their lives.
“When we first moved to the states, Piero at all times wished to take action one thing that was connecting his dwelling tradition to Dallas,” says Katie.
Piero started importing and distributing wine and truffles from Le Marche. After assembly well-known cake baker Margaret Braun and having the chance of organizing a visit for her in Italy, he determined to create a tour service.
He lacked business expertise, so he signed up for lessons.
“I wish to take the perfect facet of America, which is the business facet, and put it along with the perfect a part of Italy, which is the meals and wine,” he says.
In 2015, Pagliardinis launched Italiana Tours. Over the final seven years, Piero and Katie have grown their tour service, creating immersive meals and wine excursions that specialize in giving their prospects the genuine Italian expertise proper in the place they first met, Le Marche.
“For the vacationers, the individuals who come over right here, they will uncover the actual Italy,” Piero says.
To most, the situation is unfamiliar, however to Piero it is his dwelling. He describes it as similar to Tuscany, with out the overwhelming variety of vacationers.
Food is the guts of the tour. All meals begin with appetizers of native cured meats and cheeses, together with salads and pasta. He says the second course in Italy is then devoted to meat, akin to slow-cooked veal that is served with a purple wine. For the grand finale, prospects are served selfmade mascarpone or biscotti for dessert together with a cherry wine.
“Typically we have now 11 meals in per week’s tour and my sturdy level is to ensure every one is distinctive with completely different wine pairings,” Piero says.
When vacationers aren’t consuming, they’re studying about meals — cooking lessons with native cooks, wine and olive oil tasting, and in the autumn excursions, truffle searching with a neighborhood information and canine.
“Our fixed huge grievance is that there is an excessive amount of meals on the excursions,” jokes Katie.
Visiting historic sights akin to Ducal Palace and The Church of the Dead and excursions to the Metauro River are sprinkled into the itinerary. Le Marche additionally hosts native festivals, the most important being the truffle pageant in October, which is an Italiana Tours favourite.
Art and writing workshops are additionally supplied to these in discovering inspiration in Le Marche. These lessons are taught by profitable authors and artists, some native to Italy, and span all through the whole week, like creator Jen Knox and artist Mary Whyte.
With the business gaining reputation, the Pagliardini household moved again to Le Marche this previous yr so that they may very well be on the bottom for the excursions, however have stored their headquarters in Lake Highlands.
When requested why they selected to maintain the business in Dallas, Piero defined that with most of their prospects being from the United States, it appeared like a good suggestion to maintain it in a well-recognized location.
“The dream is nonetheless dwelling on in Lake Highlands,” says Piero.
The Pagliardinis expressed their appreciation for Dallas and the alternatives it gave them in rising their household and business.
Piero and Katie are at all times searching for new prospects in their excursions and say they’ll even embody a neighborhood low cost to any residents in Lake Highlands in a tour.
“We would like to have them be a part of us this October for a inventive retreat with creator and Dallas native Suzanne Frank,” Piero says.
“It is open to numerous artists (painters, writers, photographers) at any stage, in addition to these non-artists who’re simply seeking to get away and discover their inspiration. I hope they will be a part of us this October to revive their soul in Le Marche, on this incomparable tradition, meals and wine tour!”
For extra data on Italiana Tours, go to italianatours.com.