Buongiorno from my birthplace, Pistoia! This morning I after having visited the clothes market that as I wrote in another post of some time ago, it is on Wednesday’s & on Saturday’s in the main square of Pistoia since the Middle Age, I took a walk at the vegetable market on the “Piazza de La … More Summer colors of Pistoia : sun is here,on our food market today
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!
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!
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
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
TRATTORIA MEGABONO Via Ser Lapo Mazzei ,20 PRATO -TUSCANY – ITALY PHONE +393385950477 http://www.facebookcom/Megabono Had the pleasure to be invited to dine by this small restaurant ( just 20 seats ) in the city center of Prato just close to the City Hall square in occasion of a BlogTour planned & lead by Armando Alibrandi … More Megabono : a typical Tuscan trattoria in Prato
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 time in Rome I wanted to visit the old ghetto near Campo dè Fiori & just close to the nice Isola Tiberina . I had in my memory the deep yellow/orange colour of the Jewish quarter I saw in a beautiful film of some years ago titled : “La finestra di fronte ” by … More Eating in Rome as Romans do since 1923 …
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!!
Have you ever seen them before?Me neither since some years ago! They are a traditional dish from the northern part of Tuscany on the Ligurian border and of Liguria . Big round shaped made of white flour and water, cooked on the fire as necci (special sweets made with cestnut flour) to be cut in … More Testaroli with pesto sauce : a different kind of pasta
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🍂🍁🍂
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!
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
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?
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!
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!
Here we are : one of the most important road of Pistoia , the so called , at the beginning of last century , “camionabile” – from camion = truck in English – because it was the first big direct road that was leading to Bologna , the North of Italy – in a quick … More Made in Pistoia : The first STREETFOOD in Pistoia!
Not only excellent top quality products need to create a Great dish , you Have to put passion in it and The young chef Giulio Paolini shows it in his original & Good Looking receipes . A Sunday lunch to Taste his creations made with love : a Tuscan cusine rivisited in a modern key … More Pistoia: Il Grigio Veneziano ,a Restaurant with a Real passion4food
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
Run by a family – Vinicio & Graziella , Silvia their daughter, this butchery is well known in Pistoia since 1967. Used to go there with my gandmother to buy the best meat in town and – of course – the best fresh home made sausages.. The secret is , as usual, the top quality … More MadeinPistoia: a family business : making fresh sausages
Just fresh pork meat ! no preservatives,no colourings: just salt, pepper and some garlic to add taste.