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Cantinetta in Seattle. Italian Food with style

I am a few months into my hiatus from my adopted home that is Florence.  Unquestionably, one of my top activities while “home” is to go out to eat and catch up with friends. I have no idea why, but they usually shy away from suggesting we go out for Italian food. This is pretty ironic considering that I obviously love Italian food but also that I am a food blogger- there has to be the good stuff out there! Besides that, they are right but for different reason. Continue Reading

The art of Tuscan soup making

One of the things I absolutely LOVE about Tuscany is seasonality in the local  cuisine. It’s not trendy like it is in the states, it’s just the way it’s done because: IT MAKES BLOODY SENSE. I love how the markets change the availability of foods with the season and I love that restaurants change their menù, too. I can’t stress enough how much that I love that it isn’t some bourgeois trend like it is back home because otherwise it would come at a hefty inflated marketed price and along with a bunch of self righteous granola foodies. In Tuscany, we can get a bunch of local, organic kale for THIRTY CENTS while at some wanna-be “co-op” in Seattle the same costs $2.50 a bunch. I should be a bit more positive and not slam my home so much for their clicheportlandiaways, but then that wouldn’t as fun now would it. Continue Reading

Piadina- the Italian flatbread

Piadina Tartufato- by yours truly

La Piadina is a wonderful thing. What it is IS an Italian flatbread made of flour, lard (or olive oil), salt and water and stuffed with 2-3 ingredients- usually a meat, cheese and a veg. In Emilia Romagna, where la piadina romagnola originates, you will find piadinerie that make the flatbread fresh (even with little charred blots on) and stuff it with local cheeses, prosciutto and fancy sauces (truffle cream upon request!!!).

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