Posts made in December, 2006

Al Ritrovo Bibbiena

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The restaurant is not a large place - and the main portions is in a tented area right infront of the kitchen - but this is also a good point, because you can sit outside catch the light breezes in the summer time and live the small town life on the streets in a quaint little town like Bibbiena. Though the menu also contains several standard Italian dishes - the cook oftens adds a twist such as the potato filled pasta with butter and truffles, very inviting! The menu also included some basics, which for those of you who are looking for something just a little lighter than normal might enjoy the vegetable soup - just like my mother-in-law makes! Pizza is served at dinner time only and is well made with a good tastey thin crust. I tasted the...

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How to make Panzanella

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Origins of this dish go back to the sheep herders who while moving the sheep long distances had very little food - and that which was to be had was normally stale bread and the local vegetables found along their trails. This dish makes the best of both ingredients. Ingredients: Weights are approximate, this will make enough as a pasta dish for about 3-4 persons. approx. 2 cups - hard bread - best to use bread with as few base ingredients as possible - flour, yeast, water is the best.tomato - cut into cubes and take out excess juice and seedscucumber - peel and cut into little cubesiceberg lettus - cleaned and cut into mouth size piecesonion - cut into small pieces. Though many would want to leave this out, it was...

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Tuscan Lighting

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The sober look that represents Tuscan lighting has nothing to do with what is usually meant as Tuscan lighting. The Rococo look of some over-worked, over-embellished crystal lamps that you see at some shop bare the style that is much more proper to those parts of Italy that have been exposed to Byzantine culture, such as the North East of Italy, with Venice being the capital of Byzantine art in Italy. So if you are looking for real Tuscan lighting, look no further than those humble looking lamps that truly represent the traditional character of Tuscany and of Tuscan people in general. That is not to say that there in anything esthetically wrong with much more elaborated lighting; however if you are looking forward to having a truly Tuscan feeling in your home, set...

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Restaurants in Arezzo:La Torre di Gnicche

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It`s a small little place just right for friends who want to laze about and drink some wine and try some tasty finger foods - or an easy paced lunch / dinner or even mid afternoon snack. The menu is particular and changes every week depending on what the cook feels like creating. This restaurant does NOT do pasta of any type - but in compensation they do some fantastic bruschettas: toasted bread with varies delicious toppings. One of my favorites is a soft Italian cheese, raddico rosso and lardo di colonata. Two hefty size sliced of bread - you choose the topping and you have a good substitue for a plate of spaghetti - and the possibiity to taste the wide selection of Italian cheeses and cold cuts. Order bit by bit - because the...

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The Lure of Tuscany, Part 2

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By August, after months of blood sweat and tears we’d settled on our itinerary and had booked nearly everything. The trip’s length had blossomed from a week initially, to 10 days, to two weeks and finally, to three weeks. It involved a combination of hotels and a villa, a rental car, lots of places to visit from the famous to the obscure and the freedom (or the illusion of freedom) to do whatever. According to plan, we spent the first ten days of our vacation on a road trip throughout the north of the country, which was, to be honest, exhausting. I was enjoying myself as best I could, but going from hotel to hotel took its toll and one by one, we all wound up getting very sick. My immune system was first to crumble and by the time we hit Venice on the fourth...

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