Fattoria Fabiocchi, located just off the road between Montorio al Vomano and Teramo in Abruzzo, is an intriguing agriturismo/restaurant, at least for the air of mystery it has presented to us on our various attempts to eat there previously only to find it closed!
We were recommended Fattoria Fabiocchi by a friend who lives nearby in the Teramo province, and who rhapsodised about the wonderful local produce and portions available there.
Located on the outskirts of the village of Frondarola, Fattoria Fabiocchi is wonderfully positioned not for its convenient location for Teramo & Montorio residents but also the wonderful views to be found from its large covered terrazza, magnificent night or day, looking out onto the rolling hills adjacent to Teramo. The restaurant itself is large, catering for circa 200 people, and presumably popular for larger bookings – when we were there a youngsters’ sporting club was also in attendance, all enthusiastically tucking into a huge selection of pizzas, one of Fattoria Fabiocchi’s specialities, straight from their “forno a legna”.
For the first course we opted for Tagliatelle ai porcini (pasta with with mushrooms) which was very good, pasta al dente, mushrooms juicy with being completely overwhelming, and something called “Rintroccioli estivi”, a type of chubby chunky spaghetti, a light, sweeter pasta dish with cheery cherry tomatoes, rocket and parmesan. Both were very good, and the portions actually quite manageable for a change! So much so in fact…
that we also plumped for a secondi piatti! A meat course, in this case grilled lamb, Agnello alla Brace. Meat dishes alongside pizza is something that Fattoria Fabiocchi prides itself upon, according to its own literature anyway. They offer a range of locally farmed meat and international sourced as well, including Black Angus. The lamb we had was excellent, blessedly not overly salty, tender and juicy, and again the perfect sized portion (we had one plate to share between two).
Accompanied by a perfectly pleasant light montepulciano d’abruzzo, this was a very well prepared meal particularly, for me at least, the wonderful timballi antipasto. The capacity, layout and views of Fattoria Fabiocchi make it perfect for larger group bookings, and it is rare in that it has made a considerable investment in marketing, with a clever two-tone logo and well-produced business cards and promotional literature available. It even has a full menu! Prices were good, the lamb was €9 with more expensive cuts of meat going up to €16, and the pasta dishes we had were €7 & €6 respectively.
Not sure why we were so unlucky in finding it closed at lunchtimes in the past, maybe we just always tried by chance to go on Mondays, when it is closed…