Chelucci :#Pasta maker since 1912 in #Pistoia

Another excellent producer in my birth place , Pistoia.
More Than 100 years dedicated to produce the best pasta with eggs or with spelt or with hard weat Semolina from Italy . All products are slowly worked & passed through traditional bronze plates so the surface can better absorbe the sauce !
A passionate a owner , Giuseppe Chelucci, shows me the machineries & the different pasta shapes they make & explained How to dry it at a low temperature to Have a high quality pasta .
Loved the smell & the passion for doing healthy things to be shared with others & feeling better eating heathy food.www.pastificiochelucci.it

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#Chocolate made in #Tuscany : a topquality one!!

Yes! The best chocolate is Made in Italy & in Tuscany in the so called ‘Chocolate valley ‘ near my birthplace Pistoia.
Founded in 2000 La Molina is an Italian niche producer Of very high quality chocolate with a Special regard to the artistic packaging.
You could find it even in my beloved London , by Harrold’s food hall & since this month by Rinascente dept.store in Milan .
Visit the store factory is an experience not only for your month but even for your eyes, Have a Look to my picts!
www.lamolina.it
A catalogue on line Will provide you as much goodies you want to be shared with your family & friends.

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How Tuscan grapes become VinSanto #dessertwine

Here we are in Pistoia , my town , rich in typical local producers such as Giuseppe Marini www.marinifarm.it.
His delicious VinSanto is a MUST not only for Tuscany but even abroad .

Winner Of many awards it is a family run farm in the outskirts Of Pistoia producing Extra virgin oil, jellies wine, jams & vinegar , D.O.C.G. & I.G.T. wine & grappa .

Sara is the new Marini’s generation & she Opened for me the doors Of the grapes’ heaven ….

The place where the grapes ( Malvasia & Trebbiano best ones only ) stay to get dried is called ‘ Vinsantaia ‘ & it is a Special Room with a particular temperature to keep the grape safe from humidity & muds : I love this kind Of cellar ( in this case for vinsanto is a ventilated attic ) because the scent is fantastic & the view around too it is as a grapes’ fall !
Minimum 3 years have to stay in these small barrels called ‘caratelli’ before it can be called it vinsanto.
In the past we used to Open a bottle Of this precious wine only to celebrate a family New birth or a wedding or a Special occasion , nowadays for me , every happy day with friends or for a family reunion is the right time to open one 👍👍
The oldest it is the best it becomes …That’s why here you can find bottled dated 1985 !

The production is very small but the quality …..is very high.

A new product they do is almond biscuits – typical from this area – Just invented to be dip into the holywine = vinsanto (this is the Italian translation ) in front Of the fire in an autumnal cold evening as this one…
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And now …#shopping time with Australian ladies!

Not only food………Sometimes we have the time to shop & have fun ( if we can still fit the same size after all our tastings😬😬😬) ️here I am with Sonja & Brenda owners Of www.mondo-organics.com.au
Let’s see How much they Love Italian fashion with an authentic Italian personal shopper as me 😉😉 !

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Portofino & Rapallo by boat !

Such a Wonderful weather we had ! end October as spring time in Liguria a visit to the pittoresque Harbour Of Portofino & then….a boat to fly over the Sea direction ……Rapallo !
To visit the best delicatessen drug store in town www.parlacomemangi.com where even Catherine Zeta Jones & Micheal Douglas stopped too😉😉👍👍
A Special balsamic vinagre tasting & lots Of fun Of course!

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Cooking class in Liguria

Here we are : Cooking & tasting Special dishes Of this magical region Of Italy, Liguria!
Chef Brenda Fawdon from Brisbane ~ founder with Sonja Drexler Of www.mondo-organics.com.au the first fully-licensed organic Restaurant in Australia .
Let’s See How much fun we had together in a culinary week Such as the last one ..
A Great passion 4 food runs the world & keep people together in the name Of it , in a real Italian lifestyle !

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#sotsart : a masterpiece Made in Pistoia by Alexander Kosolapov

In My previous post I introduced you The work in progress Of This enourmous sculpture : handmade in a foundry in Pistoia ( www.salvadoriarte.it) with The hard job Of The artist & an amazing cooperation with a team Of expert Italian people, after one year I can show you The masterpiece ready to fly to London for the vernissage next November .
Could I let it fly alone without me? ?
After Having followed up each step of it here???
No, of course!
So, I Will be glad to take more picts in a prestigious setting Such as The www.saatchigallery.com so…. More to come from me soon again !
Enjoy these last Photos took in front & Inside Of The foundry with The artist ( www.sotsart.com) & The Salvadori family .
This work talks about friendship & love among different worlds & I can assure you That a Real Good feeling is born between The artist and The foundery’s owners : an example Of passion 4 art That goes far beyond , creating personal links .

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Lucca : #sweet food to go !#chocolate&more in Fillungo street The Fifth Ave Of Lucca

RISTORI This is The name Of a lovely small cosy food boutique in The heart of Lucca!
Espresso coffee , aromatized coffee, profitterols with wipped cream,ice cream , burger ice, Sacher torte, pinenuts block , cappuccino , spirits and much more…

A nice small tea Room on The back side reminds me a Londoner location..sweet memories😍😍😍

Don’t miss it !
RISTORI via Fillungo , 83 ~ Lucca ~ Italy

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#Pistoia : Un filo di #pasta : tradition & innovation made in Pistoia ~ Italy ~

First pasta’s celebration presented by an historical local producer & two machineries industries in Pistoia !

A stunning setting by the courtyard Of the old Court ( still in use – at present time – for the same purpose since the Renaissance period ) crowded by lot Of interested & curious people came from all over .
Pistoia is not only art & history & greenhouses but also industry & updated companies That produce top quality copper dies for to pasta ( Such as Landucci since 1925 www.landucci.it) and packaging machines ( www.ricciarellispa.it) exporting them worldwide.
A small pasta producer in the outskirts Of Pistoia www.pastificiochelucci.it) produces tasty pasta since 1912.

Because Of this Pistoia can be considered a flagship Of excellence in #Italy !👏👏👏

Proud to be born here , in ️My beloved Pistoia❤️😍❤️😍👍😍👍

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Pistoia New opening: ‘Il Cucciolo’ seafood Restaurant

Chef at work

Chef at work

Just great First quality seafood in a small cosy location under the Old walls that surrounding Pistoia’s City center.
A young & elegant atmosphere suitable for louncheon & for romantic dinners , leading by a family who has been involved in this sector since many years , providing eccellent fresh seafood cusine .
The young chef is the owner’s son -Niccolò Piccirilli – with a remarkable experience in different prestigious restaurants , prepears with love & passion typical Tuscan receipes with an original twist.

To be mentioned & not to be Missed the plateau Of crudité with oysters ( soon to take away too !) with three different kind of tartare .

A fab homemade mayonnaise , soft & light!

Handmade Pici ( kind Of thick spaghetti ) trabacolara Style are light & tasty .
Dessert with ricotta Cheese & raisins is Simply delicious!
An Interesting Wine list with sparkling ones To be matched with seafood & so Enjoying it at its best.

To launch The New location they invited a small group of selected , influencial bloggers , foodblogger !, to taste & take picts & write about it 😉😉👏👏👏to spread The world The news!
Easy To be reached from the Pistoia highway exit & a parking available just round the corner.

RISTORANTE IL CUCCIOLO
PIAZZA LEONARDO DA VINCI ( zona arca) 51100 Pistoia – Toscana -Italia -closed on Sunday
www.ristoranteilcucciolo.it
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Pistoia : strolling in an organic garden : a professional agricoltural highschool ” IPSAA DE FRANCESCHI”o

In a sunny September morn I visited this beautiful highschool garden full of  fruits’ trees & corn fields , biggest black berries ever seen , plums , giuggiole , apples , wahlnuts  and pears
The atmosphere is unreal : just outside the historical city center of my birthplace, Pistoia, this highschool ,focused on agricolture & envirronment classes ,offers a huge variety of plants  in an authentic  countryside .  Some nurseries plants  too contribute to honour the Pistoia’s  worldwide reputation of ” city of the green “, exporting its ornamental plants  everywhere .

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Green walhnut

Green walhnut

a pavement of plums

a pavement of plums

A  nest with a plum!

A nest with a plum!

big black berry

big black berry

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My good friend Cecilia Marini  That is a biology  teacher here,  showed me all these goodies & Yes, Of course I picked & taste some of  these juicy fruits ! ;-))
Lucky boys ( more Than girls attending to This kind Of school )  That can enjoy all This every season , planting or spreading first  , then  picking the fruits   and  following the growth of an  organic production.

At the end f this school they could continue to the University or stop studying and start working in the envirronment or agriculture sector.

To know more about this , you can visit  : http://www.ipsaadefranceschi.it

the school : a typical Tuscan farmhouse

the school : a typical Tuscan farmhouse

Old old plough

Old old plough

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#Sardegna : typical #food from Gallura

Gallura is the northern part of Sardinia : quite often windy and with mild temperature all year round.
Food specialities are zuppa cuata a sort of lasagna made with pane carasau bread sheep cheese and beef broth , ravioli with ricotta cheese , sugar and lemon with tomato sauce , handmade gnocchetti with sausage and tomato sauce , seadas as dessert a sort of raviolo filled with cheese , fried and topped with honey.
THis is my dinner some days ago in a real agriturismo with some home made salami and cheese and ricotta and pasta… simply delicious!
Enjoy with me❤️❤️😍😍

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#Sardinia : Portobello = Beautiful Harbour a secret gem in North Sardegna

Sunset with dinner in an exclusive part of The island : hidden villas in The green, a small elegant village facing The Mediterranean Sea & a wonderful landscape .
A Special setting for a romantic dinner outside on The Hsrbour with fresh wind typical Of This area & a delicious tasty seafood.
Paradise on earth , simply..
Enjoy all This with me!

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