Siena food markets: a tasty shopping guide

Siena food markets: a tasty shopping guide

One of the best ways to experience Italy’s culture and flavours is to shop at a local market. From North to South, every city or small town has its own weekly market where you can buy seasonal fruit, vegetables, cheese, fresh fish and meat but also cheap clothing, shoes, bags, kitchen supplies and more! These […]
April 29, 2019
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Italian Cheese: 20 reasons to love cheese in every region

Italian cheese differs from region to region. That’s at least 20 different Italian cheeses, delicious formaggio, that characterize every part of Italy! Come on this cheesy journey with us. President and statesman Charles de Gaulle wondered how it could ever be possible to govern a country –his France– with more cheeses than calendar days. The […]
March 4, 2019

Easy to Make Tuscan Winter Dishes

The bone-chilling Tuscan Winter doesn’t only strengthen our vineyards: it also livens our appetites! Our region is renowned for its culinary specialties, which masterfully combine simplicity, seasonal ingredients and unique gusto. Staples of the wintertime table are olive oil, wine, bread and tons of healthy cooked winter vegetables like cabbages and root vegetables. While for some, […]
December 17, 2018

Artisan Food: 6 delicious producers you should visit in Tuscany

What is artisan food and where can you get it in Tuscany? As someone who has lived in Italy for quite some time, I’m a natural skeptic: the adjective “artisanal” is (wrongly) applied to everything from commercial gelato to leather bags that were most definitely not made in Italy. Especially when it comes to food, […]
November 14, 2018

How to make homemade pesto

Homemade pesto – generally made with fresh basil, though it can also involve other fresh greens – is one of the easiest pasta sauces to make, yet people tend to think it’s complicated and so they buy it packaged. If you have a food mill or blender, or a pestle and some patience, you can […]
August 3, 2016

Video recipe: Tuscan squash risotto with blue cheese

We asked our chef Monika to create a comforting recipe with zuccca, which generically translates as pumpkin in English but we’re talking about the delicious edible squash varieties that are available in most regions all fall and winter. We’ve got quite an impressive crop in our kitchen garden, so she’s been making cream of squash […]
October 30, 2015

The Holy Grail of Pecorino Cheese

If you’ve never had Pecorino cheese directly from Italy, you’re in for a treat. This sheep’s milk cheese can be hard or soft and comes in hundreds of varieties. Despite this, there are four main types, which boast being the “holy grail” of Pecorino. All four enjoy protected PDO (Protected Destination of Origin) status (known […]
April 18, 2015
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All you need to know about Cooking Classes in Tuscany

If you ask any Italian where is the best place to eat in a town, they will always say “at my mom’s”. There is really nothing like a home cooked meal in Italy. If you are not lucky enough to have your own Italian mamma, the next best thing is to take a cooking class […]
November 26, 2014