linguine with lobster at Ardiccioni la Lanterna restaurant in Follonica, Tuscany

Ardiccioni La Lanterna

Fantastic seafood with a flash of creative inspiration in an unassuming restaurant in a family friendly Tuscan beach town Continue reading Ardiccioni La Lanterna

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Golossary: Granita

Italian for slushy, but so much better! Theory is that the Arabs brought this sweet icy concoction to Sicily where they mixed their flavored syrups with the snow and ice of Etna and without a doubt, Sicily still has the best granita to be found. Paired with brioche, it makes a typical summer breakfast both cool and refreshing, and appealing in the hot Sicilian summer. … Continue reading Golossary: Granita

Florentine traditional dish crespelle fiorentina spinach and ricotta crepes with bechamel sauce

Golossary: Crespelle Fiorentina

Florentines love their spinach. Yes they are famous for their steak; but it is the spinach that appears everywhere: the filling for the ricotta and spinach tortelli (ravioli) on every menu; stewed and braised with squid for inzimino, and as a side dish to grilled meats, like that steak. Crespelle Fiorentina (Florentine Crepes) is a once classic dish that has become more difficult to find. Only … Continue reading Golossary: Crespelle Fiorentina

Golossary: Lampredotto

A Florentine favorite, this tripe-like dish is unique to Florence, where it is sold throughout town at street-side stalls as well as in restaurants and paninotecas. If Florence had only one flavor, this would be it. Bistecca Fiorentina may be more famous, and easier to stomach, but it is this, the fourth stomach of the cow which is the true taste of Florence. Small two-person … Continue reading Golossary: Lampredotto

Gelateria della Passera

This pocket-sized gelateria is nestled into a cozy little piazza in the Oltrarno. Space is so short that canisters of gelato are stacked one on top of another. The menu reads like a dance twirling through the Mediterranean and flirting with the Middle East. The aromatic ingredients used could have come straight from the spice bazaar. The nut flavors are unsurpassed. This is the place … Continue reading Gelateria della Passera