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FOOD + WINE

Coffee and coloniality: what’s in a cup?

Coffee is the drink that most of all transports us to the word “home” and that every day since the dawn of time accompanies us in the warm awakening of ...

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Editor’s picks: Food heroes

Meet the food heroes of Florence. As 2021 begins, thank you is due to the people who nourish us, belly and soul.       Farmer to the rescue: La ...

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Schiacciata on the streets of Florence

È un bicchiere di vino con un panino, la felicità. Happiness, as we know from Al Bano’s song “Felicità”, is a glass of wine with a sandwich. But the word ...

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The pizza makers

Florence might not be Naples, but the city’s pizza scene has seen some interesting changes in recent years. The Florentine spoke with three award-winning (and down-to-earth) pizzaioli—Marco Manzi, Romualdo Rizzuti and Giovanni Santarpia—about quality pizza, their preferred techniques and favourite toppings.

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Gioachino Rossini

In 1829, at the peak of his superstar fame as the composer of more than 40 operas including L’Italiana in Algeri, La Cenerentola, La gazza ladra, La donna del lago, ...

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Sant’Ambrogio Market

After ten troubled years, the magnificent—although at the time controversial—cast iron and glass construction of the Vittorio Emanuele II gallery, which linked the city’s cathedral to the Scala theatre in ...

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Wine in Florentine Last Suppers

There is a very Florentine phenomenon of Last Supper paintings in the refectories of convents and monasteries; these images functioned to remind religious diners of the sacrament of the Eucharist, ...

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The three ages of lampredotto

ou eat it thrice, right? All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players, but is everyone game for the fourth and final stomach of a cow?

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Francesco Cirio

Summer, spring, winter and fall: there is no better dish than a piping hot plate of spaghetti with pummarola, the rich Italian sauce made from tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive ...

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Pitti Immagine Taste 2019: healthy highlights

Bread might be the main course at this year’s March mainstay, Taste, but healthy eating is the all-round pairing. From March 9 to 11, the Stazione Leopolda welcomes an array ...

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Learning to love food again in Florence

There was a time in my life when food and my body became the enemy, when every meal was an accounting—I would break up my day’s rations into a mental ...

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Queen of fennel: Finocchiona IGP

This softly scented pink salami dates to the Middle Ages when Tuscany’s butchers decided to add fennel seeds, prevalent in the fields and meadows, as an alternative to more costly ...

NEWS

What is the future of delivery food in Florence?

UberEats is the most recent addition to delivery services in town

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The backstory on Baci chocolates

A blue box of silver-foil chocolates wrapped with a note is a failsafe on February 14. But there’s actually a real-life love story behind the Baci. When Perugia-born clothing designer ...

NEWS

Why Starbucks isn’t a bad thing for Italian coffee

Our readers love to loathe the Seattle giant. But is it such a threat?

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Torrone: an Italian holiday tradition

At the Christmas Day table, there may be some argument between panettone diehards and pandoro instigators about which cake is better, but few dispute that the gooey white, sticky nougat-type ...

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How “fico” is FICO?

Op-ed on "the world’s largest agri-food park"

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The perfect espresso

How many times have you walked into a bar and drank a coffee even though it tasted rancid or was lacking in flavour? It’s astonishing how little we know about—and ...

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La Marzocco: coffee machines made in the Mugello

A turn around the La Marzocco coffee machine factory, tucked away on an unassuming industrial block due west of Borgo San Lorenzo, is like a tour of the Willy Wonka ...

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Tuscany’s hidden truffle town

At this time of year there’s no better thing to eat in Tuscany than black truffles, whether they’ve been shaved and scattered liberally onto our dinner or drizzled over it ...

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On “gottino”

There’s a pocket-sized enoteca in NYC’s “the Village” that serves Italian wines by the glass: its name is Gottino. In Pontassieve, my hometown that regularly sleeps, miniscule pizzeria Da Sandrino ...

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On “mescita”

If you’ve ever eaten in San Niccolò, likely it was a hearty Florentine affair among amici at the Osteria Antica Mescita. On the table a fiasco flowing with rough-around-the-edges red ...

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Inside Mattonella: at the Biscottificio Antonio Mattei

Ever since I was a lad I’ve tried to picture what was behind the wall of blue paper bags. I would walk past the store windows of Biscottificio Antonio Mattei, ...

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A quick trip to Chianti Rufina

Everyone knows Chiantishire, but there are actually another seven Chianti sub-zones and I have been living in one of them for the past 21 years—Chianti Rufina—the smallest and probably the ...

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