Easter time : it’s Colomba sweet time in Italy!

Have you ever tasted Colomba Pasquale ( Easter dove in English )? Not yet? Here follows some photos I took on the ‘backstage’ of Fratelli Lunardi bakery in Quarrata – Pistoia – http://www.fratellilunardi.it This special kind of soft pastry needs many rising hours to be ready for the oven in this case the Lunardi brothers … More Easter time : it’s Colomba sweet time in Italy!

MadeinPistoia : Mardi Gras & frittelle di riso = fried rice donuts!!

My father from Thailand just phoned me to tell me they are prepearing special sweets for today….my friend from London wrote me this morning about a kind of pancakes they are making today and  so….what about here in Pistoia?? We are making FRITTELLE DI RISO in a very traditional way , as my grandgrandmother did … More MadeinPistoia : Mardi Gras & frittelle di riso = fried rice donuts!!

This is for my foodies’ friends: “cenci”a typical fried dough 4 Carnival

As my grandmother Gina used to make with me, now it was time 4 me with my daughter  Francesca! From my old receipes’ book ( a bit dirty, sorry !  I know, but it is also full of good memories  & I don’t want to have any new other one but …THIS!!) . Different names … More This is for my foodies’ friends: “cenci”a typical fried dough 4 Carnival

Chocolate valley : in Tuscany we have this too!

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!

MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂

How many delicious products we make in Pistoia? So many!!👏👏👏this is another kind,  similar to Cialde from Montecatini with an anisette scent . It’s an old tale that a nun named Brigida created them by mistake while she was supposed to make host  for the Church , from her they took their name. They are … More MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂

MadeinPistoia : cialde di Montecatini Terme ( Pistoia’s district thermal city)

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)

Portrait of a pastry : ever seen how to make a “pain aux raisins”in a patisserie?

Ever been inside a laboratory & see how they make your tasty breakfast pastries? that’s what I did in my town,Pistoia, last morning : visited one of my fav patisserie but ,this time , on the “backstage”as I used to call it 😉the other side of the moon 🌝🌚maybe I  should say ,where you can … More Portrait of a pastry : ever seen how to make a “pain aux raisins”in a patisserie?

Typical cookies from Sardinia ,foodies’ wisdom!

I love sweets , especially the simple ones with not colourings, no preservaties , no yeast (  if possible )and these traditional pastries are really my favourite ones! Amaretti, formaggelle & reginelle ( a kind of savoiardi biscuits) are always  on my table for breakfast when I am in Sardinia . Amaretti are very soft … More Typical cookies from Sardinia ,foodies’ wisdom!

Pistoia: La Toscana in bocca = Tuscany by mouth a Food experience!

Last wek end we hosted a all day round & night 👍😉a kermesse of tuscan food  cusine , many different kind of restaurants & trattorie from Pistoia ‘s district under the same sign & roof : Tuscan food! Just finished the second edition & with a great success for Corradossi restaurant who won the award … More Pistoia: La Toscana in bocca = Tuscany by mouth a Food experience!

My Lisbon : since 1829 an historical charming cafè with a view

You know …..I love old historical cafes ! I am always writing about them  beacause I like them for their atmosphere & location ( usually in the city center) , their products ( usually top quality ones) & sometimes for the views too. this just in a very lively  square called Praça da  Figueira  www.cofeitarianacional.com has … More My Lisbon : since 1829 an historical charming cafè with a view

Made in Pistoia : handmade biscuits & cakes by Guarducci

Meeting Chiara Guarducci & her patner Franca in their workshop is a pleasure for all senses . For eyes : yellow almond biscuits , chocolate cookies, hearted shape fruits & jam cakes ,a soft multicolour setting ! For nose : sweet old memories reminded me when I ️was a child & my grandmother used to … More Made in Pistoia : handmade biscuits & cakes by Guarducci

MadeinPistoia – La Molina #Chocolate made in #Tuscany : a top quality one!!

Yes! The best chocolate is Made in Italy & in Tuscany in the so called ‘Chocolate valley ‘,  in the nearby  my birthplace, Pistoia. Founded in 2000 La Molina is an Italian niche producer Of very high quality chocolate with a Special regard to the artistic packaging. You could find it even in my beloved … More MadeinPistoia – La Molina #Chocolate made in #Tuscany : a top quality one!!

Lucca : #sweet food to go !#chocolate&more in Fillungo street The Fifth Ave Of Lucca

RISTORI This is The name Of a lovely small cosy food boutique in The heart of Lucca! Espresso coffee , aromatized coffee, profitterols with wipped cream,ice cream , burger ice, Sacher torte, pinenuts block , cappuccino , spirits and much more… A nice small tea Room on The back side reminds me a Londoner location..sweet … More Lucca : #sweet food to go !#chocolate&more in Fillungo street The Fifth Ave Of Lucca

Macaron by Ladurée in Tuscany now : Lucca & Florence

Maybe you remember when in a previous post I mentioned The Italian Macarons’ origins : Caterina dei Medici from Florence exported them to France in The XVI century when she moved to France to get married to Henry II Of France. Nowadays another lady brought them back to Italy : first in Milan & Rome … More Macaron by Ladurée in Tuscany now : Lucca & Florence

MY PASSION4CAFES

I have to tell you: think I am not a real Italian lady… as I don’t like coffee but, but… I like soooo many other delicious things such as CAPPUCCINO THICK FOAM ( I ask for a cappuccino ‘chiaro ‘, that means light , with two drops of coffee ONLY!) HOT CHOCOLATE, GINSENG COFFEE ( … More MY PASSION4CAFES