http://www.imosaicidilastrucci.it What a coincidence : about a month ago a gemmologist from Pistoia , Lucia Gori , told me about this place in Firenze . Two days ago a friend of mine Carmen , native from Canarie island but living in Florence since long time, brought me here and I immediately recognized the name engraved … More An amazing studio in the heart of Florence : a jump in the Renaissance
Have you ever heard about “scole” ? In Italian it sounds like “scuola – scola ” = school in English but it has nothing to do with this . When I was telling about how tasty they were to my friends living just 10 km from Pistoia , they told me they have never heard … More A special sweet , yummy roll from Pistoia!
This morning I was prepearing lasagne for tomorrow lunch to celebrate my daughter 18th birthday at home, and was thinking the importance of cooking for someone you love, thinking of her/him/them while you are doing this . Both my daughter & me decided to do it at home not just because it is the best … More Food & feelings about cooking
As promised to my blogger friend Yvonne who visited Pistoia some months ago & asked me the meaning & the belonging to two cots of arms she found in Pistoia during her walks , here it is the first she met : Cancellieri family one of the most powerful family of Pistoia since 1200 . … More Pistoia : cots of arms of noble families from Pistoia
If your dream is to live a real Florentine experience & feeling like being part of the History, not just a visitor , this is exactly where you should stay. In an historical building , Palazzo Ciofi-Jacometti , old columns frame the palace dated midway through the 18th century, commissioned by the Papal treasurer Marquis … More Where to stay in Florence & feeling part of the History : Relais Santa Croce ~ Baglioni hotels ~
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
Yessss, Pistoia is a multicultural town & it is welcoming an exibition of original clothes, accessories & photos in addition to speeches & meetings about this great people from America & its most significant representatives. In piazza del Duomo – Pistoia’s heart – in the City Hall ground floor called “Afrescoes halls” you could see … More Pistoia welcomes WoLakota -Sioux :Indians from America exibition
My interesting walking tour in Genova stopped not only by a bakery to taste focaccia genovese but also here : by a fresh handmade pasta maker : PASTA FRESCA FABIO & ALESSIA run by two brothers that run this family business in the historical center (have a look to the ceilings :old afrescoes overlooking the … More Fresh pasta made in Genoa ~ Ligurian style !
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!
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!!
Just started in Pistoia an exibition of Nativities : handmade by students of the primary schools and by adults with a great passion for using different materials to create special settings. From stones to a terracotta’s pot , even an old style bike as a special place where to born! Fantasy is a must here👍👏👏👏 … More MadeinPistoia : it’s Nativities time , the most original handmade ones!
Ever tried it with pears or feoia? or fresh fennel? I tried it with some quincy +ginger jam ( homemade by myself ) & fresh rawsberries…it is really fantastic!!! Such a tasty pairing with these kind of cheese that I really love! It can be served as a starter, as a main dish or at … More Gorgonzola cheese : great pairing with fruits!
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!
Have you ever heard about this part of Sardinia island? It is just in the middle of the island near the beautiful town of Nuoro and Cala Gonone, on the coast with its stunning clifts on the emerald sea. I’ve been here to visit a friend who lives here and I loved Orgosolo , the … More Sardinia’s heart : Orgosolo , no seaside… but murales!
Since many years after having had a relaxing time on the Sardinian beach I used to drive until this simple big farmhouse near Paradise coast to buy the best sheep cheese ever tasted! This time ,as in October I will lead a group from California in Sardinia & would love to visit him I’ve asked … More Sardinia : goodbye my shepard!
Just nature everywhere: sea, beach, rocks, sand,trees,flowers and stones…a deep blue sky , some good old friends and that’s it ! Simply everything you can ask to your vacations : a solitary beach with your family and best friends. Love this island for its wind, its scented trees, its original stones & rocks , its … More Sardegna : on a solitary beach …
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!
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 ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽
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 ?
Since I was a child my mother used to stop here for a cappuccino , an espresso or an aperitivo & for me a hot chocolate topped with swipped cream , if in winter time , in summer a fresh organge juice😉 I was very young but I was able to feel that it was … More Florence : Gilli Caffè since 1733 a must in Firenze
Another reason to visit my beloved Pistoia : many doors have these interesting & different knockers that I love! Can’t wait to share them with you😉😍 have you got the same in your town? do you like them? I think they are so nice & each one tells me a different story about the palace/house … More Made in Pistoia : original old door knockers
Can’t imagine how many times I think about this city :it was a real beautiful discover & want to go back soon again. Our guide showed this quarter where the Fado = faith , music started : a quarter in which each wall tells … More My Lisbon : doors ,windows & the Fado murales
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
Loved this palace : it was a real surprise😍😍😍😱😱😱for me ! my friend from Italy told me not to miss it and so I did the first evening I was in Lisbon went there👍 it’s a restaurant but more than this it is a true institution representing the Alentejo region just close to Lisbon You … More My Lisbon : visit with me Casa do Alentejo !
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
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
So many different kind of cakes, pastries, sweet bread with canded fruits typical 4 Easter time & Lovely old cafè that , as You know ,I love! Lisbon is a real Heaven 4 people like me Who can’t resist to taste everything that looks so attractive to eyes…😍😍😍 I travelled until Belem just to visit … More My Lisbon : in Belem an old patisserie since 1837
Another historical family run business in Pistoia. A coffee Roastery in The middle of The town , aromas are all around The factory ️when they are roasting The beans coming from abroad. Italian coffee is famous worldwide because Of The Special way The green beans are roasted & blended not because it is a Country … More MadeinPistoia : New York caffè since 1930 ~ Roasting coffee ~
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
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
First pasta’s celebration presented by an historical local producer & two machineries industries in Pistoia ! A stunning setting by the courtyard Of the old Court ( still in use – at present time – for the same purpose since the Renaissance period ) crowded by lot Of interested & curious people came from all … More MadeinPistoia : Un filo di #pasta : tradition & innovation made in Pistoia ~ Italy ~
A Special product typical Of My town , Pistoia! Something so Good, so original with a lot Of history you have to taste once in your life! I visited Bruno Corsini Opened in 1918 and still producing these Special kind Of confetti used to celebrate important occasions Such as baptism , first communion, weddings, graduations … More MadeinPistoia : Corsini – Confetti di Pistoia ~ Sugared-coated sweets
Once upon a time, In a foggy & grey winter Morning in a small town in Tuscany a nice coloured surprise knocked at My door .. A multicolour box with 6 coffee cups designed by a Chinese artist , Liu Wei , lighted up My day ! Illy caffè from Trieste – Italy – wanted … More Illy caffè art Collection just 4 me!
PASTA MARTELLI can’t be found in supermarkets but only in delicatessen shops , you can’t ask for special kind of pasta they just make 4 kind :only SPAGHETTI, PENNE CLASSICHE,SPAGHETTINI and MACCHERONI DI TOSCANA. Small quantity for top quality ! POCO MA BUONO = FEW BUT GOOD In the countryside of Pisa in the beautiful … More Pasta Martelli since 1926 a family of pasta makers in Tuscany
I met Mr Giovanni Lucchetti and his daughter in front Of their wonderful shop & they told me about their family tradition, 5 generations have been running this family business . I am in love with old shops with a past and this has a lot to tell us indeed ❤️ The door is an … More LUCCHETTI JEWLERY : SINCE 1873 IN CHIAVARI
This could be considered The most beautiful and really the oldest boutique still left in My small town, Pistoia. Yesterday Morning I saw its old gallery as a sort Of a small Burlington arcade in London : This Made me think about My strolls in London and how much I loved it when I first … More Like a Burlington Arcade but in Pistoia ~Toscana ~ Italia
This is an original secret receipe hand it down from one mother superior to another. Dated back to the XII century it is composed by a mix of herbal infusion . It is a strengthening liqueur with a very percentage of alchol. Do you remember the Pinocchio’s tale? When Pinocchio arrived – almost dead – … More MadeinPistoia: ROSOLIO MADE BY NUNS
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