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Handmade Gifts: edibles from the heart for Christmas

Food in Tuscany

Food in Tuscany is so good, it’s one of the main reasons to visit this Italian region! Tuscany is renowned for its gastronomic heritage, both due to the excellence of the raw materials and for the way that these are prepared. Here at Dievole, we’re proudly Tuscan. The Novecento restaurant at our wine resort serves classic dishes of Tuscan cuisine with local ingredients. On our blog, we like to share recipes from the Tuscan tradition, so you’ll read about how to make your own delicious pappa al pomodoro, ribollita, wild boar sauce, fresh pasta, or typical Tuscan Christmas sweets at home. You’ll also discover fun facts and stories about food in Tuscany.

Food in Tuscany
Handmade Gifts: edibles from the heart for Christmas

Handmade Gifts: edibles from the heart for Christmas

Think ahead this year to avoid the stress of choosing Christmas gifts: try handmade edible gifts like these traditional sweets from Tuscany. Siennese Christmas sweets as handmade gifts Christmas cookies are always a big hit, and I propose traditional Sienese ones to give this season as handmade gifts. Cavallucci are not elegant or … Read More

Food in Tuscany
An olive oil cake from Tuscany

An olive oil cake from Tuscany

Extra virgin olive oil is a precious ingredient in desserts, making it possible to eliminate milk products as we’ll see in this vinsanto-flavoured cake! Picture, in your mind’s eye, a delicious and fragrant cake made with extra virgin olive oil… citrus scented and perfect for the upcoming winter, delicious for breakfast or as a snack, …Read More
November 20, 2019
Food in Tuscany
Truffle Hunting in Tuscany: finding, cooking & pairing

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany: finding, cooking & pairing

Truffle hunting is a superb Fall activity, and something that is quite unique to Italy’s Piedmont, Umbria and Tuscany regions. It’s possible to go truffle hunting in Tuscany with Italy’s largest truffle trader, Savini Tartufi. In their half-day experience, you’ll find the famous earthen tuber and enjoy it prepared by their chef. But whether you …Read More
November 6, 2019
Food in Tuscany
Chestnut Recipes and Traditions in Tuscan Cuisine

Chestnut Recipes and Traditions in Tuscan Cuisine

Chestnuts have always been one of the most precious resources of Tuscan mountain cuisine. Let’s look at some chestnut recipes and the uses and traditions around this nut. Chestnut flour is one of the main ingredients of Tuscan mountain cuisine, from the Garfagnana to the hills above Pistoia, from the Amiata mountains to the Mugello. …Read More
October 9, 2019
Food in Tuscany
Schiacciata con l’uva: a sweet Tuscan bread for harvest season

Schiacciata con l’uva: a sweet Tuscan bread for harvest season

September is harvest time, which makes it also the season of Schiacciata con l’uva, a delicious sweet Tuscan snack of the olden days. From the end of August through the beginning of October, you’ll see a fantastic seasonal treat appear in Tuscan bars and bakeries. It’s called schiacciata, but let’s not confuse this with the …Read More
September 5, 2019
Food in Tuscany
How to taste olive oil like a pro: 4 tips from Dievole

How to taste olive oil like a pro: 4 tips from Dievole

While wine tasting is a common activity, you might not know that a similar process is done with EVOO! Extravirgin olive oil tasting is an unique experience because it allows you to learn more about the aromas, the colors and the characteristics of a territory. With these handy guide you will be able to taste …Read More
June 27, 2019
Food in Tuscany
Misconceptions about Italian food: 14 irritating clichés

Misconceptions about Italian food: 14 irritating clichés

There are many misconceptions about Italian food. These clichés irritate Italians: food is serious business. Set aside those spaghetti & meatballs and read up! Italian cuisine—whether professionally procured or home-cooked—is a complex expression of a rich and multifaceted regional tangle. Generalising and leaning on clichés ticks Italians off. Here are a few examples that personally …Read More
May 16, 2019
Food in Tuscany
Wild Greens: Foraging and Recipes

Wild Greens: Foraging and Recipes

Foraging and using wild greens is a tradition dating back hundreds of years and it’s not that easy. It takes time to search around narrow streets, under the olive trees and in the vineyards, but also the ability to recognize the edible wild greens and learn how to cook them to enhance their unique flavour. …Read More
May 2, 2019
Food in Tuscany
Easter Menu: What my Tuscan family eats for Pasqua

Easter Menu: What my Tuscan family eats for Pasqua

  What do you eat for Easter? Giulia shares her Tuscan family’s Easter menu that mostly relies on family traditions passed down by her grandmother.     My family is quite traditional when it comes to celebrating festivities with food. We have a collection of traditional Easter recipes that we make year after year. Sometimes …Read More
April 11, 2019
Food in Tuscany
Gluten-Free Pasta and Food in Italy: what and where to eat

Gluten-Free Pasta and Food in Italy: what and where to eat

It’s not hard to find gluten-free pasta or food in Italy despite what you’d think, with this being the land of pizza and pasta. Being diagnosed celiac or being sensitive to gluten is more and more common, and with that has come a greater awareness in Italy toward the needs of those who follow a …Read More
March 14, 2019