MadeInPistoia: EllEmme ,   since 1968 Italian quality knitwear factory  

Have been invited to visit this Pistoia’s beautiful reality from a French client I met in my husband restaurant . So funny to get in touch with a Pistoia’s factory through a foreign !Mr  Jacques du  Mulin is ELLEMME ‘s agent for France since more than 20 years so he knows very well this factory … More MadeInPistoia: EllEmme ,   since 1968 Italian quality knitwear factory  

A fish cooked in a brick : a seafood dinner in Sardinia 

Another summer, another lovely dinner in one of my fav restaurant on the Emerald coast : “Belvedere” near Porto Cervo.It first opened as a gastronomy shop to take away & then during the years it became a real restaurant with few seated places & with excellent seafood dishes . This time we tasted a local … More A fish cooked in a brick : a seafood dinner in Sardinia 

Cooking class & sweet memories in a Chianti Tuscan villa 

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 

Ever tried farro beans soup ? a Tuscan traditional dish

Ever heard about “farro” ? it’s an old  cereal used in the past on our mountains especially in the Lucca area , spelt in English. Since I was a child my grandmother told me about this special kind of “brown  rice “she tasted by her friends in the Garfagnana district. At those times – about … More Ever tried farro beans soup ? a Tuscan traditional dish

Tour,lunch &  shopping  with Texan  ladies  in Chianti 

What a wonderful  idea  travelling all women together in the Chianti countryside enjoying  food,wine & lovely landscapes!  This is one of my fav tour :  ladies only …..💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 A stop in Greve in Chianti, for  a beautiful & yummy cappuccino , a tour among hanging hams & salami by Falorni historical butchery, lunch by  “Il … More Tour,lunch &  shopping  with Texan  ladies  in Chianti 

Prato & PastaMadreDay  : sourdough for homemade bread & focaccia

What a great Sunday yesterday ! Some months ago I had  the pleasure to meet  a foodblogger from Prato – Stefania Storai  www.minaelesuericette.ifood.it  & she invited me to this event in Prato  called : Pastamadre day , litteraly in English could be “mother dough “: the name is easly understanding , because it is from … More Prato & PastaMadreDay  : sourdough for homemade bread & focaccia

How to eat a fresh pork sausage for a tasty aperitivo!

In Tuscany we love pork meat , in every possible way! Even raw pork sausages are delicious just spreading them on a Tuscan unsalted slice of bread….ever tried? if not yet ,you SHOULD ! Just  buy FRESH  ones handmade by one of our  ‘norcino’ ( a particular butcher who deals with pork meat only ) … More How to eat a fresh pork sausage for a tasty aperitivo!

Certaldo : a Medieval beautiful hamlet in Tuscany!

Have you ever heard about Certaldo before? Maybe because the renowned writer & poet Giovanni Boccaccio – The Decameron’s author –  was born here …..https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Boccaccio and its home museum so interesting to visit http://www.casaboccaccio.it/ with books & even old shoes dated 1300 and aspectacular view from the tower over the hamlet that till today maintained its old … More Certaldo : a Medieval beautiful hamlet in Tuscany!

Sapori di Genova : a crunchy , soft focaccia Ligurian style 

Last Friday I had the pleasure to visit Genoa with a special guided tour planned  by Confartigianato Liguria  association, CNA Liguria , IN LIGURIA regional agency  touristic promotion & with the best Genoa’s licensed guide,  Cristina Gelvi , in occasion of the Genoa Pesto World Championship 2016 . So nice to meet this new folk … More Sapori di Genova : a crunchy , soft focaccia Ligurian style 

Where to eat in Prato? Osteria Le cento buche 

 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 

Pistoia, in Tuscany, it’s a hidden gem to be discovered with ….me!

You know  I love my birthplace , Pistoia,  as I am writing about it since some years on my blog & posted many many photos on Instagram & Twitter of it. So now that has been just declared the Italy’s city of culture in 2017 I think you should follow my blog & have a … More Pistoia, in Tuscany, it’s a hidden gem to be discovered with ….me!

Su Gologone : a fantastic experience hotel with a unique charming atmosphere & a real Sardinian style!

As you know Sardinia is my second home in summer time since more than 40 years  but   I hadn’t ever been in this special hotel  before : just in the heart of Sardinia & surrounding by a gorgeous wild nature that fascinated me soooo much! Words can’t describe as beautiful it is & neither photos … More Su Gologone : a fantastic experience hotel with a unique charming atmosphere & a real Sardinian style!

Pan coi Santi  : All Saints sweet bread from Siena , ever tried?

Every period of the year has its own typical food products & this is another one of these : called Pane dei Santi because in the past  it was produced at home of by bakers during the end of October , beginning of November ( at that time Halloween wasn’t yet arrived in Italy )to … More Pan coi Santi  : All Saints sweet bread from Siena , ever tried?

How to make the real “bruschetta” with just pressed Tuscan new extra virgin oil 

My grandfather Dino    was used to say : “the simplest it is the best it  tastes ” if the ingredients are top quality  , I should add nowadays… This is the same for the real Tuscan bruschetta: no chopped tomato! just a toasted slice of Tuscan unsalted bread , extra virgin olive oil , … More How to make the real “bruschetta” with just pressed Tuscan new extra virgin oil 

MadeinPistoia : ever tried migliacci?a special kind of crêpe made of…blood!

My grand-grandmother Inès   used to prepear these at home during  autumn season when in Pistoia’s  countryside farmers killed pigs to make sausages,ham,ciccioli,salame & ….these original kind of crêpes made of pig’s blood . In Italy we have a saying : “del maiale non si butta niente! ” in English :We use all parts of … More MadeinPistoia : ever tried migliacci?a special kind of crêpe made of…blood!

Pistoia: Ristorante Rafanelli a must for traditional Tuscan specialities & great wines🍷🍷🍸🍸

If you need an elegant , classy location but at the same time a warm, welcoming place where to eat with your family or friends , for a business luncheon or dinner to sign  an agreement  or to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary , this is the best place in town , since 1926 … More Pistoia: Ristorante Rafanelli a must for traditional Tuscan specialities & great wines🍷🍷🍸🍸

Ever heard about 5 Terre delicious & precious wine : schiacchetrà?

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?

Pistoia: on Orsigna’s  hills having lunch in an old  mill 

“MOlino”  is the word we use to say mill in Tuscany “MUlino “is the correct Italian word😉 So, yesterday I was in an old mOlino  for lunch looking for fresh air & a cooler temperature as in the city it is too hot this summer😁🌴🌴☀️☀️☀️ The food was so good & the location just over … More Pistoia: on Orsigna’s  hills having lunch in an old  mill 

Pistoia :il Pollo d’Oro since 1963 a family run Pizzeria ,same location, same top quality!

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!

Pistoia’s flavours :do you know what is a “norcino” shop ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽

The word “norcino” comes from a small town , Norcia , in Umbria region  in central /south Italy & means coming from Norcia. Starting from the Middle Age in this area of Italy there were many  norcini  (a sort of  butchers specialized  in pork meat  only : experts of making  sausages ,ham,salami & everything coming … More Pistoia’s flavours :do you know what is a “norcino” shop ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽

MadeinPistoia : ever tasted warm  ricotta  cheese just made by a real shepherd ?

An unforgettable  sensorial experience that includes smell , taste & sight : visiting a small family run cheese factory on Pistoia’s hill. A slow food product called :’raw milk pecorino cheese ‘ entirely made with sheep milk not boiled, to preserve the aroma & the proprieties of the fresh milk .  Hand made , organic … More MadeinPistoia : ever tasted warm  ricotta  cheese just made by a real shepherd ?

MadeinPistoia: ever sipped a real Italian espresso in a coffee roastery?in my  tour yes, you can 😉☕️👍 Pistoia, a hidden gem in Tuscany

http://www.caffenewyork.it If you are a  coffee lover or simply a coffee addicted you can’t miss this roastery’s experience. Open & run  by the same family since 1930 in Montecatini Terme ( 15 km from Pistoia  ) & now settled in Pistoia , opened  its doors to me & my clients to show us how to … More MadeinPistoia: ever sipped a real Italian espresso in a coffee roastery?in my  tour yes, you can 😉☕️👍 Pistoia, a hidden gem in Tuscany

Florian café : not just in Venice but in Florence too!

In Via del Parione, 28-32/R ,just at the beginning of this street almost on the corner with the most fashionable  street  , Via Tornabuoni ,near palazzo Spini Feroni that hosts the Ferragamo’s shoes museum & its boutique , you can find the Florian Café , founded in Venice in 1720. http://www.caffeflorian.com Daniel , the kind … More Florian café : not just in Venice but in Florence too!

Passion 4 cappuccino  : how has to be a real good one 

If you want to start a new day with a twist don’t miss this cappuccino! great coffee flavour & very thick foam , kindness & smiling faces will serve it to you ( not so common anymore nowadays , unfortunately, ) delicious fresh pastries every morning & many newspapers & magazines so you can stop, … More Passion 4 cappuccino  : how has to be a real good one 

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 exclusive Tuscany : lunch & wine tasting with a real Italian Countess

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

Slowfood Galway , Ireland , visited & tasted Pistoia ‘s flavours with me

What a nice tour we had together in Pistoia ! Such a great group of people , all experts of food and really interested in knowing everything about Tuscan food and wine, of course, and extra virgin oil and plants! An unforgettable 4 days trip with Irish people that I feel so close to Italian … More Slowfood Galway , Ireland , visited & tasted Pistoia ‘s flavours with me

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

My Lisbon : a Food tasting tour remembering Sardinian flavours

tasting & walking tour to immerse myself in The real Lisbon ‘s atmosphere with its colours, smells & goodies! Mountains of codefish, ( They call it The sea pork as They eat everything of it : toungue & chick too)sardines & pata negra ham so expensive & so lightly tasty as no one  else …extra … More My Lisbon : a Food tasting tour remembering Sardinian flavours