Taste of Milan: Puglia Memories at the Park Hyatt

This is what happens when a barman from Lecce goes travelling… Giacomo Maroccia who used to work for our friend Davide de Matteis at 300 Mila, Lecce, left his home town quite a while ago to see the world and make new experiences. He travelled the US at first, remained in Texas for a while, then came back to Italy to go studying. We popped into him working part time at the Park Hyatt (Via Tommaso Grossi 1, Milan, Tel: +39 02 8821 1234), Milan, the other day, where he prepared us a couple of Spicy Spritzs, his own variation of the classic, as a welcome drink. Since it’s the perfect thing to have on hot summer days like these (and since he used to be one of our favorite barmen in the area and we’re missing him a lot), we want to share the recipe with you. Here we go: ENJOY!!

Spicy Spritz

4 cl Tequila Blanco
5-6 Leaves of Mint
1 Fresh squeezed Lime
1 Teaspoon brown sugar
Ginger root
Red currant
Soda water
Ginger ale

Place mint leaves, ginger and red currant into a large red wine
glass. Squeeze the juice from a cut lime over it. Add the brown sugar, a splash of club soda and gently smash the the ingredients with a muddler. Add ice (preferably cubes),then Tequila and top-up with ginger ale. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig.

Golf Tip: Writer in Residence, Seeking Inspiration on the Driving Range

He just published his research for the best pasta in the world, an extraordinary trip all around Italy (“Meine Suche nach der besten Pasta der Welt”):
Stefan Maiwald (film+ foto, left), german writer and Coccaro guest, found inspiration not only while doing cooking school (where he learnt how to make pasta and other famous puglia dishes) but also on the Maizza Driving Range. Whenever he had a free minute he would exchange Golf tips with our Pro, Giulio Grippa (foto, right). Apart from Giulio and our greenkeepers Maiwald is probably the one who knows our 9 hole golf course best. Here’s his judgement: “My golf tip for Maizza: Dial in your mid-irons. Especially on holes no. 2, 6, and 7, you don’t have much room for error. Also, some greens are heavily undulated. You better hit the right plateau, or you’re in three-putt-country.”

Golf Clinic Maizza, featuring Veronica Zorzi

A few closeup impressions from our latest Golf Clinic under the olive trees of the Masseria Torre Maizza estate. 5 days of intense training with famous Golf Pros Veronica Zorzi and Giulio Grippa (Maizza). Stay tuned for further appointments!

Welcome to our Masserias’ Blog

Dear clients, dear friends,

welcome to our brand new Masseria Blog! Anything you always wanted to know about your favorite masseria: You’ll find it here. Follow the latest recipes of our chefs at the COOKING SCHOOL school, join in a few GARDENING lessons, go on the GOLF COURSE course and hit a few balls with our Pro Giulio or shake gorgeous COCKTAILS with Camillo Tagliente or Natale Marasciulo. Ask anything you always wanted to ask, give us all kinds of suggestions. We’re looking forward to keeping in touch! So: See you around!