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FOOD + WINE

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

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Pannocchie pasta filled with lobster served in a light zucchini sauce with its flowers

Pannocchie pasta filled with lobster served in a light zucchini sauce with its flowers     Serves two 120 g of fresh hand made pasta cut into disks 120 g of boiled lobster pulp 20 g of zucchini flowers 45 g of zucchini 50 g of fresh ricotta cheese 60

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Filet of dried salted cod wrapped in radicchio with a saffron cream sauce

Filet of dried salted cod wrapped in radicchio with a saffron cream sauce   Serves four 1 800 gram filet of cod (unsalted) 1 basket of radicchio leaves 3dl of fish stock 25 grams of corn starch 1 teaspoon of saffron pistons from the Tuscan/Florentine hills Salt, pepper, extra

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Antonio DeVito. Ancient art in a modern context

Florence and its surrounding areas are famous for a thriving artisan community, whose members still maintain Renaissance traditions today. Though mass tourism and a changing economy have significantly impacted the industry’s workshops, there are still numerous examples of true craftsmanship in Florence. These artisans helped make Florence one

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Mauro Tacconi. Precious pieces

Florence and its surrounding areas are famous for a thriving artisan community, whose members still maintain Renaissance traditions today. Though mass tourism and a changing economy have significantly impacted the industry’s workshops, there are still numerous examples of true craftsmanship in Florence. These artisans helped make Florence one

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Markets & Festivals

June  1 - 3 Toscanello d’Oro Rùfina and Pomino Chianti wine fair Pontassieve - Historic Centre tel. +39.055.8360239 www.comune.pontassieve.fi.it   July  3- 6 On the Road Festival Music all over town Pelago – Historic Centre www.comune.pelago.fi.it &

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The Eastern Province of Florence

Everywhere, the lands had the same shapes, materials and colours. Then time rendered them different. Some of them, certainly, more lovely.   Mario Luzi   The Eastern Province of Florence is part of a territory that extends to northeast of Florence and includes towns in the Florentine mountains (Dicomano, Londa,

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Live la dolce vita down on the farm

Who hasn’t dreamed of living on a Tuscan hillside surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and  breathtaking landscape that only this corner of the world can offer?   In the Levante Fiorentino, you can live the dream of rural Tuscany: sleep in a medieval castle, learn to prepare

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Chianti Rufina

Chianti is filled with a variety of sub-zones, each with its own characteristics and distinguishing qualities. The Chianti Rufina area, located in the Levante Fiorentino just east of Florence, is known for its aromatic and fruity wines with higher acidity and firmer, less evolved tannins. The proximity of the

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Rosemary cod fillets in crust of potatoes with shaved Livorno tomatoes and spicy raisin sauce

Rosemary cod fillets in crust of potatoes with shaved Livorno tomatoes and spicy raisin sauce   Serves four 500 g softened dried cod 2 large potatoes Sprig of rosemary Extra-virgin olive oil 8 red tomatoes 1 small bundle of parsley 1 small bundle of chives 1 clove of garlic &

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Pasta with chickpeas

Pasta with chickpeas Serves four   ½ pound (200 g) dry chickpeas (or a 450 g can), soaked overnight 2 cloves of garlic 125 g of pasta (ditalini or similar) ½ medium onion Sprig of rosemary 2/5 cup (100 ml) olive oil ½ cup (6 tablespoons) chopped tomatoes Salt

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A flair for fashion

The Levante Fiorentino is more than just beautiful landscapes, delicious food and amazing wines—it’s also home to many fashion houses that exemplify the high standard behind ‘Made in Italy’. A  rich tradition of craft has been passed from generation to generation, while at

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The Best of Levante Fiorentino

Wine&Fashion Florence comes to Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado from January 31 to February 2, 2008, bringing with it the best of the Levante Fiorentino. This unique area near Florence boasts superb local wines, impeccable fashion and design, charming artistic handicrafts and an exceptional tradition of hospitality amidst

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Welcome to the Levante Fiorentino

It is with great satisfaction that we toast this new adventure, which the Consorzio Terre del Levante Fiorentino is bringing to life by taking our most important products to the United States. All regional institutions have expressed their support of the Wine&Fashion Florence initiative, which places increased emphasis

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Classic Chiantis

The Chianti Classico Consortium and several of its members got an early Christmas present last year, when the Wall Street Journal’s wine writers, John Brecher and his wife, Dorothy Gaiter, chose Chianti Classico 2004 as the wine to serve at a holiday party or to take as a

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Nonnas medicine cabinet

Here comes the rainy, cold, damp weather that clings to Florence for most of the winter.  And with it comes the ever-present threat of colds and sore throats. There are many things you can do to ward off a cold or minimize the effects of one you already

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A bubble by any other name

No holiday party would be complete without a little bubbly. In fact, approximately 40 percent of the year’s Champagne consumption takes place in December alone. Annual worldwide sales of Champagne exceed 300 million bottles per year. While 58 percent of the golden nectar stays in France, the rest

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Say cheese!

About 12,000 years ago, a nomadic shepherd somewhere in the Mediterranean poured his day’s milk into a sack made of a calf’s stomach before a long journey, only to open it a few days later to find that the milk had solidified and the substance

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Barolo: king of wine, wine of kings

Late autumn and winter are the perfect times to write about, read about, and drink Barolo wines. In the Italian turn of phrase, they are ‘meditative’ wines: to be sipped and savored, accompanied by a well aged cheese, hearty dish of red meat or local game.   Barolo

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Over the river and through the woods

Few things are as uniquely American as the feast of Thanksgiving. Regardless of where Americans are that day, most cannot help but remember past meals. With memories comes the attempt to try and recreate Thanksgiving, despite the difficulty of finding the distinctive ingredients. Creating a Thanksgiving celebration in Florence requires

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Chestnuts… roasting on an open fire?

Although I love the song that made them famous in the USA, there’s a lot more to chestnuts than just roasting. Just ask any Tuscan cook. In fact, the old Italian saying, ‘polenta saved the north, fish saved the south, and chestnuts saved the center’, refers

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Ripe for the picking

Winemakers all across Italy are breathing sighs of relief as their grapes have been picked, pressed, and are now on their way to becoming 2007 vintage wine. Here’s a look at the grapes of the 2007 harvest, from the vineyard to your table.   THE OUTLOOK Close to

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A morsel of perfection

I come from a Venetian family where the imperative of every meal was to create the perfect bite. For my mamma, it meant getting up at five in the morning, while my five siblings and I were still asleep, to make homemade tortellini filled with a minced paste of delicious

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Hard to love?

Winemaking on the island of Sardinia has a long and fascinating history that predates the Christian era. In fact, some of the most popular grape varietals arrived with the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians. Wine production stayed relatively unchanged until the arrival of conquerors from the Catalan region of Spain around

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Sunless in Seattle

All right, we hit the Seattle all-time high-temperature record last week with an unprecedented 97 degrees, but it was absolutely bearable—sunny, dry, and breezy. I must confess that I was actually enjoying it. However, every single person I talked to during that day was complaining fiercely

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