Twenty-five minutes from both Florence and Pisa, Scuola Tessieri offers something new on the Italian cooking school scene: a convivial and easy-going culinary experience for food lovers of every level. ...
When Florence becomes too hot to bear, residents and tourists turn to gelato as a survival strategy. 1. Gelato was born in Florence. The first thing you should know is that gelato has Florentine origins. This knowledge will justify your copious ice-cream eating in Florence this summer. Believed
While you can certainly have your fill of exquisite bistecca fiorentina, crostini neri and ribollita in Florence, a new wave of creative culinary excellence is putting the city firmly on the map. Among those who are burnishing the city’s reputation for fine food is Antonello Sardi, the latest
She has been called the ‘original domestic goddess,’ but Elizabeth David should be given much more credit than that. The celebrated English food writer and cookbook author would have turned 100 years old last month, and yet her witty and often passion-fuelled writing is as valid today
In 2012, Italians spent 35 percent of their entire food budget at cafés and restaurants, higher than the 32 percent average for the European Union. Forget Facebook and Twitter: this face-to-face social network is alive and kicking, and somewhat twitchy, given its caffeine intake. But
Walking into the sumptuous surroundings of Palazzo della Gherardesca is always a soothing and pleasurable experience, but it is all the more so when one is about to meet the Four Seasons Florence’s Michelin-starred chef, Vito Mollica. Modest in his success and amiable with all, Basilicata-born
The saucepans were overturned-to paraphrase biographer Jean Orieux-in 1533 when Catherine de' Medici arrived in Paris as the 14-year-old Florentine bride of Henry II, the future king of France. What Orieux was referring to in his biography of Catherine de' Medici was the Tuscan cuisine that
One of Italy's most acclaimed chefs has partnered with McDonald's Italy to create two ‘gourmet' burgers and a classic Italian dessert for the fast-food chain. ‘I simply asked what and where young people were going to eat,' said Gualtiero Marchesi, master chef from Milan, who
On March 2, 2010, after a 12-year unofficial moratorium on the production of new genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the European Union, the European Commission (EC) gave the green light to the cultivation of the Amflora starch potato and three kinds of pest-resistant corn. Purportedly, the Amflora potato,
Between 1957 and 1977, Carosello was a 10-minute spot of advertising broadcast every night on Italian national television immediately after the evening news. More like a variety show than hard-sell publicity, it was so popular that it became normal practice in Italian households that dopo Carosello,
One story places all the blame on the Pisans. In fact, an old Tuscan proverb declares, Meglio un morto in casa che un pisano all’uscio, which roughly translated means ‘Better a death in the family than someone from Pisa on your doorstep’. This epitomises the rivalry
Any time from about 11:30 in the morning until into the evening, small crowds of people can be seen standing around mobile kiosks on street corners or in squares dotted about the centre of Florence. With their boiling cauldrons, marble or glass counters and stools on the pavement, these
It was a regular mealtime at home (of course) and something occurred that spun me into a frantic Google search and prompted further research. The culprit? My three year old. ...