The name “Pandolfa” is believed to be derived from Pandolfo Malatesta, the Lord of Fano, who headquartered here with his troops before capturing the Castle of Fiumana in 1436. In 1941, the property was taken over by Giuseppe Ricci, an entrepreneur from Forlì who renovated the villa and decided to restore the estate’s land back to farming. He purchased two neighbouring farms and planted new vineyards with Sangiovese, Trebbiano and Albana grapes.
Upon Ricci’s death in 1980, his daughter Noelia, who inspired the Noelia Ricci project, realized the wine-growing potential of these hills and, driven by a strong vision, planted new vineyards and built a new winery. Today, the Pandolfa Estate is still owned by the Ricci family, in particular, by Giuseppe Ricci’s granddaughter, Paola Piscopo, who gathered all her enthusiasm to restore the estate to its original splendour.
Today, Paola’s son, Marco Cirese, the fourth-generation member of the family, carries on the estate’s history and heritage to make it into a place of excellence, constantly engaged in dialogue with the local traditions and native grape varieties.
Currently, the estate contains around 90 hectares of land devoted to farming, mostly vines, olive trees and fruit trees, such as quince, fig, apple, medlar, cherry and pomegranate trees.
Villa Pandolfa, also known as Villa degli spiriti (Villa of the Spirits) or Casa dalle 100 finestre (House with One Hundred Windows), was built between 1731 and 1743 by the Marchesi Albicini family. Unlike most of the countryside residences located in the Forlì area, Villa Pandolfa has some atypical features, such as the square structure.
In the fifties, the Villa underwent complex restoration works by local artisans and artists, who adapted stuccoes, flooring and decorations to the Villa’s original eighteenth-century style.
The largest vineyard of the Rabbi valley surrounds the Villa and the interiors include magnificent rooms, frescoes, a large staircase and the room where Carducci used to stay.
Villa Pandolfa is currently open to visitors and its rooms and gardens are available for event planning.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.