Porcini mushroom pasta served in the saute pan at restaurant A Casa Mia in Chianti

A Casa Mia

A Casa Mia restaurant meant to feel like eating in someone’s home. Continue reading A Casa Mia

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Top 10 Dishes of 2015

Baccala, Baccala, Baccala (Cod) – Ristorante Sissi, Merano, Italy Baccala Mantecato (Whipped Salt Cod), Fried Baccala Throat, Baccala Tripe with Tomato and Basil Oyster Cream with Clam Gelée – Maaemo at Ikarus, Salzburg White Asparagus Salad with Fresh Curd Cheese – Meirei, Vienna Scallops with Smoked Butter – Maaemo at Ikarus, Salzburg Goat Milk Risotto with Garden Herbs and Greens – La Bottega di Buon Caffè, Florence … Continue reading Top 10 Dishes of 2015

Antica Trattoria La Toppa

La Toppa is a favorite of the ex-queen of Holland, she is a regular visitor and the family regularly books events here. On summer evenings La Toppa opens its doors and the tables spill out onto the medieval stone streets of the old borgo. Colorful flags decorate the town and create a festive atmosphere. It almost seems as if the town is La Toppa, or … Continue reading Antica Trattoria La Toppa

Osteria Santo Spirito

The bustling Piazza Santo Spirito is the social center of the Oltr’Arno and one of the most popular dining and drinking destinations for tourists and locals alike. At first glance it might appear touristy,  but listen to the conversations between large flocks of friends enjoying a beer or a spritz outside on the piazza and you’ll realize many are Italian. The square is full of … Continue reading Osteria Santo Spirito

Top 10 Restaurants from 2014

A restaurant is rarely just about the food, it is always colored by the company, the state of being, the location, even the wine and the weather. Here were my top selections from 2014. These were some of the best and most memorable meals, but there were certainly other just contenders, places like Ristorante Crocifisso in Noto, Sicilia, or Ristoro del Lamole in Chianti. It … Continue reading Top 10 Restaurants from 2014