Imagine a group of beautiful ladies from the States – headed by my dear friend Suzanne Stavinoha Waltz – sharing a stunning typical Tuscan villa “under the Tuscan sun” , on a green hilltop , in the countryside of Chianti area : amazing view, great landscape , vines & olives groves around it , aromatic … More Cooking class & sweet memories in a Chianti Tuscan villa
One of my best friend , Chiara , who knows me so well since ever, talked me about a special place I had to see : GARTEN3 www.garten3.it in the outskirts of Pistoia, Quarrata city. Of course ,she was right : GARTEN3 is located in the main square of this town & on the same corner … More Gelaterie Garten 3 : a corner of sweetness!
www.osterialecentobuche.it Just outside the city center there is an original location for a restaurant it was until 1995 a wool factory ( Prato in fact it is a very renowned texile district near Florence)belonging to the Abatoni family since the XIII Century and then to the monks of San Fabiano . It is so beautiful … More Where to eat in Prato? Osteria Le cento buche
This is Meleto castle www.castellomeleto.it in the Chianti district & of course the symbol of the Chianti Classico , the black rooster , was on the bottles we opened & tasted! The castle dates back Middle Age & the Ricasoli ‘s family owned it for many years,at the present the property has changed . There is … More Tasting Tuscan Chianti wine in a castle dated 1256!
Yes, did you know this? Not only superb wines , lovely landscapes , art & architecture but also a real sweet valley made of maitres chocolatiers! In Pistoia, Prato, Firenze and Pisa we can offer a huge choice of this delicious product: the best ingredients, the most original mix of dried fruits, spirits , wine … More Chocolate valley : in Tuscany we have this too!
Ever seen before? ever tried? A typical product from this thermal city in Tuscany that is Montecatini Terme, just 15km from Pistoia. Loved them since I was a child : simply as they are or together with ice cream, vin santo dessert wine or an espresso coffee or hot chocolate ….😋😋😋 They are made of … More MadeinPistoia : cialde di Montecatini Terme ( Pistoia’s district thermal city)
Pistoia is located 30 km from Florence & surrounded by hills & mountains filled with chestnuts trees, that’s why at the present they are full of these seasonal fruits that I really love! In the past chestnut trees were called : “bread trees” , just because from these small versatiles fruits – colesterol free + … More Made in Pistoia : castagnaccio a Tuscan chestnut cake
A very very simple Tuscan cake everybody can do : for a perfect home breakfast ,dipped into hot milk or tea ,or as an afternoon break with a cup of coffee or after dinner or lunch with a glass of Vinsanto ( dessert wine from Tuscany) so, it doesn’t have to be very soft because … More MadeinPistoia : berlingozzo cake,sweet memories of the child I’ve been
If you decide to visit Liguria & 5 Terre don’t miss a schiacchetrá tasting in one of the small cellers of this area.This is in Riomaggiore where there is ” la via dell’amore” the love’s street just on the clift around this village. I love this sweet ,dry , aromatic wine : the production is … More Ever heard about 5 Terre delicious & precious wine : schiacchetrà?
September is the harvest time & I love this season of the year for the colours it brings,the mild temperature – after the sunny hot summer – & because of its food products : figs,plums &….grape!!! This schiacciata is a typical seasonal tuscan kind of cake : in the past we could find it only … More It’s harvest time in Tuscany!ever tried schiacciata con l’uva?
What a special emotion for me watching at the same landscape chosen by Leonardo da Vinci to paint his masterpiece…and this villa is the Monnalisa birthplace too. Feeling as being part of the history , feeling proud – one time again – to be born in this wonderful region filled of beauties & goodies & … More Chianti : Vignamaggio , Monnalisa birthplace & “Much ado about nothing”
A perfect restaurant pizzeria for pizza lovers (wood fire ) and every kind of Tuscan food, from pasta to seafood and homemade desserts , big mix salads and Tuscan beer made in a small brewery , tagliata meat steak , original starters with Parmigiano mousse and creamy buffalo mozzarella and many more options ! Just … More Pistoia :il Pollo d’Oro since 1963 a family run Pizzeria ,same location, same top quality!
A perfect Sunday lunch on a terrace with old good friends pairing with tasty & beautiful dishes prepeared by a passionate young chef, Alessandro , who worked in my beloved London & in Australia before landing in Pistoia. A special comment on a liver patè that is my favourite , both for its taste & … More Pistoia’s restaurant : Il carbonile ~ quality & passion
Not just wine, not just food , not just Tuscany : here we are in an exclusive location, with a noble lady , by her family estate with a magnificent Italian garden…simply a dream 😍😍 with something more ….excellent wines , extra virgin oil & a special dessert wine : vin santo! Ginevra is the … More My exclusive Tuscany : lunch & wine tasting with a real Italian Countess
Florence at night is shining as a real gem This is Spini – Feroni ‘s palace in its magnificence🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 in Santa Trinita Square. Il Borro tuscan Bistro is on The Arno riverside , same building of Ferragamo’s headquarter ( Old Beautiful historical palace Spini -Feroni ) an elegant & typical Tuscan bistrot can offer you … More The fab 4 F : #Florence – #Ferragamo – #Food – #Fashion !
Lisa welcomes you with a glass Of her wine : red Chianti from her wineyard Just behind her. Her grandfather & father started this passion 4 wine ,extravirgin olive oil & Vin Santo dessert wine ( That I love!😍❤️) many years ago when her grandfather bought this estate . Nowadays Lisa runs this beautiful Agriturismo … More A Real Tuscan farmhouse producing wine & Organic EVO
Pistoia is a nice small city with Etruscan origins…. continue reading here on this interesting portal ….enjoy! http://www.menuale.it/blog/dove-mangio/il-pollo-doro–una-garanzia-da-piu-di-50-anni.aspx
Last Sarurday I had The pleasure to be one Of The tasters Of The New Opening small barrels by Marini Estate , Just in The surrounding hills Of Pistoia. ‘Vin santo è…. ‘ = It is Vinsanto ! Is The name if this event created by Marini to celebrate The Opening Of The barrels. … More MadeinPistoia – Vinsanto : a Tuscany a precious godness’ nectar for humans
Here we are in Pistoia , my town , rich in typical local producers such as Giuseppe Marini http://www.marinifarm.it. His delicious VinSanto is a MUST not only for Tuscany but even abroad . Winner Of many awards it is a family run farm in the outskirts Of Pistoia producing Extra virgin oil, jellies wine, jams … More MadeinPistoia – How Tuscan grapes become VinSanto #dessertwine
Gallura is the northern part of Sardinia : quite often windy and with mild temperature all year round. Food specialities are zuppa cuata a sort of lasagna made with pane carasau bread sheep cheese and beef broth , ravioli with ricotta cheese , sugar and lemon with tomato sauce , handmade gnocchetti with sausage and … More #Sardegna : typical #food from Gallura
In PIstoia agriturismo Amedea A lovely farmhouse just on Pistoia’s countryside for a typical Tuscan lunch & visit to The wineyard , The celler & tasting organic wine & extra virgin oil with fresh vegetables from The garden and handmade pasta. Great athmoshere , wonderful weather for an unforgettable experience for My clients from Texas … More A food experience in a Tuscan countryside
First edition Of http://www.latoscanainbocca.it in Pistoia ! Located just close to The biggest library Of Tuscany, (www.sangiorgio.comune.pistoia.it )in The ex Breda area , called “la cattedrale ” ( The cathedral ). Open from 11 am until 11 pm : starting from breakfast with warm bread straight from The oven , until dinner time & more.. … More MadeinPistoia: a typical Tuscan food experience at LA TOSCANA IN BOCCA
This is what I found by EATALY : never seen before the tiramisu as an ice cream , pinguino shape, a walking tiramisu! and what about all these sweets??? & ILLY CAFFE’ of course …
Every year, at the end of september, the Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes are harvested. The bunches that are the least dense and the most ripe are placed to dry on straw mats. Vin Santo starts from here!
I love this Vin Santo home made by famers around my area in Tuscany. It’s perfect to match with almond biscuits as this one. Meditation wine, also called, I think can be called friendship wine too, as it is so nice to drink and chat with a small glass of it…
SCIACCHETRA’…very small production for this top wine from 5 Terre, very expensive but unforgettable..!
et voilà…the Easter’s COLOMBA CAKE , traditional Italian cake for Easter period, this is home made by Silvia . It takes many raising hours and the best candies & almonds to make a superb cake like this!
Since before I have tried this one I didn’t love marmelade : too bitter, too different from the idea of jam I had. Once I tried this made with LOVE by Italian Benedectine nuns’ hands in Pistoia’s monastery ( a very small community indeed, 3-4 people only left) with organic oranges from their cloister, I … More MadeinPistoia :ORGANIC MARMELADE BY ITALIAN NUNS