Category Food Finds

Squash Madness!

What do you get when you combine 3 different varieties of squash with butter and cheese? A winter squash gratin that tempts you to eat it all alone….not. share. one. single. bite…….But I digress. Here’s the scoop. My blogger friend, Marie, over at Proud Italian Cook blog, posted this recipe for Butternut, Delicata, and Acorn Squash Gratin […]

Conti Tuscany Flavors – Let’s All Go Shopping!!!

First off – let me state a fact: If you can’t find something from Conti Tuscany Flavours (here’s their Facebook Page) to pack in your suitcase by which to remember Florence, Italy…well my dears, there is no shopping hope for you! I’m just saying…bring on the bubble wrap and let’s go browsing! Located close to Mercato Centrale (home of the Conti […]

Scenes From the Markets in Italy

Fresh, local, seasonal…..words we hear a lot in the US lately. In Italy, these are words that are not new to them – this is how they shop, eat, and enjoy healthy meals. Let’s walk around the market and decide what will tempt us today…. How about some sliced meats, if we are feeling like […]

Bella Lucca!

With nearly perfect weather, Spring vegetables on the menu, and festivals galore, what’s not to love about Lucca, Italy? Let’s take a walk around town to enjoy the views. How about lunch at gli Orti di Via Elisa? Spring Vegetable Soup for one, please. After a walk around the wall….. …..with a view of the […]

Lunch Date In Pontedera, Italy

Join us for lunch, won’t you? After visiting the Museo Piaggio in Pontedera, Italy, we followed our noses down the street. Our noses took us to Ci Ritorno, a pizzeria and griglieria. Fabulous luck for us, as we relaxed with the locals and took our seats. Here is a look at one cute way to […]

Is This Steak Large Enough For You?

What’s on the menu at Rusticanella 2 in Lucca, Italy, one of our favorite places to eat dinner? Lots of fun, that’s for sure! We met a really nice couple from Colorado there, (Richard and Susan) and introduced them to bistecca. How’s THIS for a tasty little hunk of dinner love?

Chickpea Flatbread – A Taste of Italy

Last visit to Italy, we bought some “farina di ceci” – better known to you and I as chickpea flour.  Used in Pisa and Lucca to make “cecina” (chickpea flatbread), very simple ingredients are mixed together to make a flatbread. It is baked on a pizza pan, and turned into a snack that is perfect as […]

Cooking School Adventures in Lucca, Italy

To enjoy eating in Italy is one thing – learning to actually COOK the dishes, then creating them once home is yet ANOTHER thing. An annual adventure at the International Academy of Italian Cuisine in Lucca, Italy is always a welcome delight. Chef Gianluca Pardini and his team have put together a world class “scuola […]

Join us – let’s visit Fulat in Pisa, Italy

It was our lucky day as we stumbled upon Fulat in Pisa, Italy. Located on Lungarno Mediceo 46, Fulat is comprised of a one room store and bar. The owner has created an intimate environment for enjoying a glass of wine, a Panini, or a local craft beer. While you are there, shop a little and […]

Don’t You Wish it Were This Easy?

Homemade Orecchiette . Tasty. Filling. Flexible. Looks simple enough, right? For this pro anyway! Chef Peppino makes it look easy as he demonstrates his craft at Tratorria La Luna Piena in Milan, Italy. Rolling   Cutting Shaping Voila! Then serving. Can’t wait to dive in!