uva di fragola

/OO-vah dee FRAH-goh-lah/

"Strawberry grapes." We ate these extraordinary grapes at the lovely La Locanda near Volpaia in Chianti. Guido Bevilacqua, the more than genial host, told us to help ourselves from the vine on the terrace and advised us to squash them in our mouths to squirt the thick, honeyed, almost petrolly, flesh with its great burst of flavour and then discard the skins. The more yellow ones were the most ripe and delicious.