Story by Rachel Greenberger featured on Slow Food USA’s blog in March 2018. For four years now, my husband Cristiano Bonino and I have undertaken an annual winter scouting trip to explore the places and meet the people who will be featured on tours that year. Food.Stories.Travel. is a Slow Food Small Business Supporter and in fact, Slow Food was the inspiration to its founding. As such, Slow Food Presidia are central to both our winter scouting and future tour designs. Itineraries highlight as many of the nearly 300 Italian Slow Food Presidia as can be reasonably managed as well as Osterie d’Italia recommendations (this Slow Food eatery guide has been a great tool in tour planning, and to date has never disappointed!) for dinners that showcase the stories and sapori gleaned over the course of that day. This winter, four particular Presidia left big impressions on us (two in Sicily, two in Emilia).