Category: FOOD + WINE

Food and wine in Florence and Tuscany, including food stories, restaurant reviews and wineries.

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Cupping at Ditta Artigianale’s Scuola del Caffè coffee academy

We spent one Saturday morning “cupping” coffee at Ditta Artigianale's Scuola del Caffè in the piazza Sant’Ambrogio coffee shop.

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Accademia del Caffè Espresso La Marzocco

The Accademia del Caffè Espresso from La Marzocco aims to further our knowledge about coffee in the hills of Florence.

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Schola Cibrèo: learning from the legacy of Fabio Picchi

We go into the kitchens at Fabio Picchi's Cibrèo dynasty to learn from the experts at culinary academy Schola in Florence.

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Aqua di Venus Cuvée: A sparkling wine for the spring from Ruffino

Ruffino is about to release a sparkling Tuscan wine in addition to the popular Aqua di Venus product line: Aqua di Venus Cuvée.

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Floressence: gin from Tuscany inspired by Caterina de’ Medici

Tuscany’s thirst for gin continues with the latest bottle to hit the shelves: Floressence, a dry gin that's reminiscent of perfume.

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The Stellar: Botany meets mixology

25-year-old bartender Nicola Spaggiari brings his own flair to the innovative cocktail bar and restaurant The Stellar in San Frediano.

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5 favourite happy hours in Florence

Finding discounted drinks in a lavish city like Florence can be tough. Here are 5 of our favourite happy hours.

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Time-honoured traditions and new twists on Florence’s food scene

International influences on cuisine are strong, but Florentine food maintains its place front and centre on the restaurant scene.

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Five gluten-free restaurants for celiacs in Florence

Italy may seem like the worst place for celiacs, but it is quite the opposite. Here are five gluten-free restaurants in Florence.

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Markets as a way of life in Florence

Florence markets seem to be everywhere from the moment you leave Santa Maria Novella train station. They are a way of life for Florentines.

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Tuscan wine previews in Florence

Florence’s Tuscan wine previews, Chianti Lovers & Rosso Morellino and Chianti Classico Collection, returned on March 20, 21 and 22.

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Pitti Taste food fair returns after two years

Florence’s foremost food festival, Pitti Taste, returns in a bigger format and with a change of venue from March 26 to 28.

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Chef profile: Paolo Gori, Da Burde

Chef-patron Paolo Gori of Da Burde in via Pistoiese talks about his century-old business and pandemic pivoting.

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The first (and only) Italian Master of Wine: Gabriele Gorelli

Gabriele Gorelli achieved the nigh-impossible dream of becoming a Master of Wine in February 2021, becoming the first and only Italian to hold the elusive title.

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Best cheap eats for students in Florence

Avoid the overpriced tourist traps. Here are the five of the best cheap eats for students in Florence.

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Locale: like a night at the theatre

Dinner at Locale is like a night at the theatre along a darkened backstreet between via Ghibellina and via dei Pandolfini.

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Gucci Giardino 25: it’s all about the cocktails

Gucci is quietly expanding its empire in Florence with a small but opulent new cocktail bar, Gucci Giardino 25, in piazza della Signoria.

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Meet Sandro Sartor, President of Ruffino Wines

David Bach interviews the president of Ruffino, Sandro Sartor, about reconciling identity and innovation in the wine world.

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High-end bakeries set up shop in Florence

Forget fine dining! High-end bakeries are where it’s at in Florence right now. We follow our sweet tooth to two of the most talked-about pasticceria shop openings. 

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Fabio Picchi, chef and owner of Cibrèo, dies aged 67

The Sant’Ambrogio neighbourhood of Florence has lost its culinary soul with the death of Fabio Picchi, chef and owner of Cibrèo, aged 67. 

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Koob Experience: culture and cocktails

Koob Experience in borgo Ognissanti is akin to after-hours drinks at a museum café, but infinitely more entertaining.

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Vitique, so chic: a review

Vitique has been on my restaurant radar since opening back in the summer of 2015. In plain sight along the via Chiantigiana, on the final stretch into Greve, this fine ...

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Start your day the best way with a Tuscan breakfast

Breakfast is often your first taste of Tuscany and it’s long been regarded as the most important meal of the day. A tourist attraction in itself, look out for authentic ...

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Capon for Christmas

Many will remember the story of Renzo in Alessandro Manzoni’s The Betrothed, who sets off to visit the lawyer Azzeccagarbugli in order to seek advice about resolving the situation regarding ...

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