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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The Brigidini Biscuits of Lamporecchio

La Toscana: Made in Tuscany, Pistoia

It is all thanks to Sister Brigida that we are blessed today with these delicious wafer biscuits. It is she who used to regularly busy herself preparing the dough to make the, now famous, biscuits. It all started when Brigida and the other sisters at her convent in Lamporecchio, so as to not waste anything, [...]


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The Torta coi Bischeri

La Toscana: English, Made in Tuscany, Pisa, Tuscan cooking, Tuscan culture and traditions, Tuscan Recipes

The torta coi bischeri, a typical Pisan dessert, is simply a chocolate rice cake which takes its name from the horns of dough which are used to decorate it. The word bischero literally means the small key which is used to adjust the strings of a violin but as always the people of Tuscany have [...]


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The Panforte and Panpepato

La Toscana: Made in Tuscany, Siena

Throughout Italy, fruitcakes are mainly eaten during the christmas festive season, however in Siena, the province were such cakes come from, they eaten all year round. Consequently, the town of Siena always has a distinctive smell of Panforte Margherita. There are two main types of sweet cake, called Panforte and Panpepato, which have something in [...]


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Scansano and the Morellino wine

La Toscana: Wine and food tours

The region situated between the River Ombrone and the River Albegna is the producer of an intense red DOC* wine, very pleasant to drink with a dry taste. So, if we go in search of this very appealing red wine we will find ourselves in one of the healthiest parts of the Tuscan Maremma. The [...]


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San Gimignano, the Vernaccia wine and the saffron

La Toscana: Wine and food tours

The Vernaccia of San Gimignano is one of oldest white wines of the Italian peninsula with a production and consumption which dates all the way back to the 13th century. The vines used to make the wine (which go by exactly the same name of Vernaccia) grow all around San Gimignano, one of the nicest [...]


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Siena, the city of the Pope and Pecorino

La Toscana: Wine and food tours

The secret is all in the clay. The expression is actually referring to the clay soil found in Valdorcia on which lush fields of grass grow. This grass is noted for the particular taste it gives to the milk produced by the sheep which eat it, milk which is then used to produce the region’s [...]


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Florence – Santa Maria Restaurants

La Toscana: Restaurants

Cantinetta Antinori Piazza Antinori 3 Phone: 055 292 234 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 292 234 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Area: near Santa Maria Novella Closed weekends, 20 days in Aug., and Dec. 25-Jan. 6. This restaurant is part of a 15th-century palazzo for people who come to see and be seen. The food on offer matches its extravagant clientele and [...]


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Florence – San Marco Restaurants

La Toscana: Restaurants

Taverna del Bronzino Via delle Ruote 25/r Phone: 055 495 220 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 495 220 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Area: near San Marco Closed Sun. and 3 wks in Aug. If you are wanting to have a sophisticated meal in a 16th-century Renaissance artist’s studio, then this is the place to come. Even if, the decor is nothing [...]


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Florence – San Lorenzo Restaurants

La Toscana: Restaurants

Antellesi Via Faenza 9/r Phone: 055 216 990 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 216 990 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Area: San Lorenzo Closed Sun. This lovely vaulted two-room trattoria has warm coloured walls, wooden tables and chairs and serves great typical Tuscan food. Le Fonticine Via Nazionale 79/r Phone: 055/282106 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055/282106 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Area: near San Lorenzo Closed Sun. and Mon., [...]


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Florence – Santa Croce Restaurants

La Toscana: Restaurants

Antico Noe Volta di San Piero 6/r Phone: 055 234 0838 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 234 0838 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Area: Santa Croce Closed Sun. This typical restaurant serves great Tuscan classics with flare and the local Florentines are especially fond of it. We suggest you try the tagliata, thin lightly cooked slices of Italian beef. Aquacotta Via dei [...]


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Florence – Oltrarno Restaurants

La Toscana: Restaurants

La Casalinga Via Michelozzi 9/r Phone: 055 218 624 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 218 624 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Area: near Santo Spirito Closed Sun., 1 wk at Christmas, and 3 wks in Aug. Casalinga means “housewife,” and this lovely Italian trattoria offers you the charm and good Tuscan dishess. If you eat ribollita anywhere in Florence, eat it here, [...]


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