Curious Appetite

Month: October 2016

Visiting Centro Pecci and Where to Eat in Prato

Tuscany is surprising me a lot recently, the moment I declare “this region is stuck in the past”, I soon after eat my words. Most recent consumption of minced words was at the re-opening of Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art aka Centro Pecci in Prato. The Pecci has been around for quite some time, since 1988 to be exact and has been a unique hub for collecting contemporary art.

Local English-language newspaper The Florentine covered the opening best. As quoted from a recent feature: “The Pecci was the first institution in Italy to be built from scratch with the specific intent to exhibit, collect, preserve, document and distribute research on contemporary art.”

This October, they unveiled their completed architectural spaceship-like renovation 10 years in the making and 14.4 million euros later. Thanks to the buzz in the local media surrounding Centro Pecci’s re-opening, I’m sure Prato will be getting a little more visitors. Continue Reading

Best Street Food in Florence: Semel

Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading food, dining culture, news and wine publication powerhouse, came out with the 2017 edition of its street food guide to Italy and guess who touts the title for Tuscany? Marco Paparozzi’s Semel in Florence. Semel serves just panini and wine- and a few forgotten old-fashioned Italian sodas like Tassoni Cedrata and Chinotto. Water is served as a last resort. Marco has been officially recognized for having the best street food in Tuscany- by the most food and drink culture publication in the country. The article can be found here (in Italian) Continue Reading

Hotel Dining in Florence, Italy for Vogue

one of the best tartares yet: quail egg, smoked eggplant and Sicilian ricotta salata (Hotel Brunelleschi)

Eating in hotels has always turned me off but Italy has showed that sometimes the *best food is served at (very few) hotel restaurants. *Best meaning: presentation, chef-focused creations, awareness of the international palate (thus not afraid to play with flavors), service and ingredient quality. Why would you want to eat at a hotel restaurant? Because these places are pretty much the surefire bets for fine dining in a city stuck in traditional trattoria ways.

Check out my latest piece on Vogue, where I sampled several restaurants (and sweat many days at the gym to make up for it) to come to a conclusion of a fine list of 6 hotel restaurants in Florence.

Link: http://www.vogue.com/13482348/best-food-in-florence-guide-hotel-restaurants/ Continue Reading

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