Bucatini all’amatriciana

La Toscana: Bel Paese Receipts, English

This month’s recipe is a classic of Roman cooking: the name comes from Amatrice, a town in Lazio; from here the farmers that travelled down to Rome with their produce, including fresh ewe’s milk cheese (pecorino) and mountain pigs, also imported this way of cooking maccheroni and bucatini. It is not a dish for anyone [...]


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The Sienese Pig

La Toscana: English, Made in Tuscany, Siena, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

And to think, they risked becoming extinct! The pig breed cinta senese had almost disappeared after the second world war, with its breeding yield having also dropped to a dangerously low level, until, during the 1990′s, people realised that this breed of pig produced such beautiful meats, and so the breed was re-born. The name, [...]


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The PGI of Emmer Wheat in Garfagnana

La Toscana: English, Lucca, Made in Tuscany, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

A part of Italy only known by food experts; Garfagnana. Where Emmer Wheat comes from, which is the oldest of all known crops. In recent years though, the crop has had a bit of a resurgence, and is on plates again, not only in Tuscany, but all of Italy. The unexpected rebirth of this product [...]


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The “marroni” of the Mugello

La Toscana: English, Florence, Made in Tuscany, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

September’s grape harvest, and all the festivities which come along with it, was the last happy celebration of what little remains of the summer season. Now, however, Autumn has definately begun and the prospect of cold, grey weather is becoming a reality. Nonetheless, do not dismay as October too has its own surprises in store [...]


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At the table in Pisa

La Toscana: Pisa, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

How do they eat in Pisa….well or badly? The quality of the food both locally and nearby is today proved in both the restaurants and the trattories. Therefore, with extreme restraint, we can say that in Pisa and the area of Pisa, we eat better than those in Lucca and the surrounding area of Lucca, [...]


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At the table in Siena

La Toscana: English, Siena, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

Few other provinces big in culture, remain tied to the past, remaining genuine and simple like other historical centres. In Italy, monuments of art are never kept uncontaminated like those in Siena. The city of Siena loves tourists and allows them to invade, leaving its kitchen represented by its restaurants, trattorie’s, cooking shops and kitchens [...]


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At the table in Pistoia

La Toscana: English, Pistoia, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

Policarpo Pertrocchi, the pistoian of Cireglio castle and the famous author, once said that the kitchen of the earth was one of the mountains and of the people, they used to carry their soup, their chestnuts and their polenta to Maremma to meet the coal men. Leaving in November and returning on the 24th of [...]


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At the table in Massa, Carrara and Lunigiana

La Toscana: Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

Lucchesia is situated between Liguria, Emilia and central Tuscany. This massive province has defended its language, character, traditions and history well. In recent history, the dialect has been influenced by the dialects of Emilia and Tuscany and it would seem that the province has not one spirit but three; the spirit of Massa, the spirit [...]


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At the table in Lucca and Viareggio

La Toscana: English, Lucca, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

In a Tuscany full of different dialects, Lucca makes itself well known, not only due to its dialect or because they have allowed more emigrants in than all the other Tuscan provinces put together. Here, there is a sign of a great moral force and a great need to work, but there is also a [...]


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At the table in Livorno

La Toscana: English, Livorno, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

The cacciucco is the virtue of the livornese kitchen. A popular kitchen, is full of quarrels and different accents.     A kitchen creates a paradise land for those who live without a native land. Livorno cacciucco is full of people from every ream. The writer Charles de Brosse said in 1973 that: “It would [...]


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At the table in Grosseto

La Toscana: English, Grosseto, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

When you come to Maremma, you must prepare yourself for enjoyment from food and allow your eyes to fill up with the anticipation of food. But for a traditional recipe explorer lost in a labyrinth, knowing which way to go, however little selection of paths can be difficult. The leader of a maremmano country recently [...]


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At the table in Arezzo

La Toscana: Arezzo, English, Tuscan cooking, Wine and food tours

Some say that Arezzo is the place with the golden goose. But, that is without including its cooking, and its clear economy. No other city in Tuscany, in the past 30 years has made as much progress as Arezzo. Not only has it always had a number of saints in paradise but it is also [...]


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