Florence, Italy Gelato Festival May 2013

Festivities | 17 May 2013 from 12:00 a.m. to 26 May 2013 23:45 p.m. Florence (FI)

In May 2013, the“Italian Gelato Tour,” road show involving the best ice cream makers and industry leaders from Italy and abroad, aims to promote this amazing, traditional Italian frozen dessert.  Gelato was invented during the Renaissance by the versatile artist Bernardo Buontalenti.

The event takes place in some of the most beautiful locations in Florence.

The Italian Gelato Tour is designed by the creators of Firenze Gelato Festival to spread the culture of ice cream all over the country and increase the involvement of all the Italian regions in the values, pleasures, and  traditions of the best-loved frozen dessert in the world. Particular attention will be dedicated to all participants, from professionals to entrepreneurs to amateurs, who want to get closer to the world of gelato.

The Italy Gelato Tour will stop in Florence from May 17 to 26, 2014 with the Firenze Gelato Festival.

One hundred days before the inauguration of Firenze Gelato Festival 2013, the selection of ice cream masters for all stages of the Tour began.

Firenze Gelato Festival 2013 and Italy Gelato Tour 2013 are indeed the perfect settings for any gelato maker: For those who make ice cream with passion, for those for whom gelato is a vocation and for those who have personality, charisma, communication skills and team spirit and want to propose a product that is innovative, creative and of high quality.

For info and contacts:

mail: info@italiagelatotour.it

tel: 055 47891322.

 

Where it takes place

Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 1 – 50123 – Florence

2013 Very Useful Italy Tips and Updates from Rick Steves

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What’s new in Italy for 2013 travelers?  Rick Steves, the ultimate Italy tourist, shares his tips in USA Today.   Rick includes how to avoid long lines in italy, Italy’s best public squares, magical experiences in Florence and Venice, new museum exhibits, a Cinque Terre update,  and much more.

My husband and I are visiting Italy in May.  I found some good tips in this article!

 

Recipes from Tuscan Women: Mushroom Soup, Tuscan Crostini, Risotto with Carrots and Mozzarella

Manila – Florence, Tuscany, Italy (more recipes from Manila’s repertoire)

Recap: My friend Manila is a beautiful, doe-eyed woman who lives in Florence. Her husband owns the Ancre jewelry store near Piazza San Marco which is a favorite boutique of the locals.

Manila has raised her three sons in Florence and has taught pre-school and elementary school for many years. Her dream, however, is to own a catering business.

Manila’s passion for Tuscan cuisine is well-known and she is considered one of the best cooks around. My cousins and I were blown away by a meal Manila cooked entirely based on fresh Tuscan mushrooms.  When she smilingly opened her front door and the aromas wafted towards us, it was heavenly. And I will never forget about the bone-in prime rib cooked in the wood-burning oven in her courtyard in downtown Florence.

Following are Manila’s recipe for the Tuscan Mushroom Soup, Chicken Liver Crostini and Chicken Liver Croquettes, all typical Tuscan autumn dishes.  Buon appetito!

Note from Serenella: John and I tested the soup and crostini recipes this week-end.  We had fun and liked them both. 

For the soup, we chose to put it through the blender but it also looked prettty chopped up with the different vegetable colors.  The pictures are from our recipe testing experience.

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Recipes from Tuscany: Cioccolata Calda (Hot Chocolate)

We have been asked to republish and article that originally appeared in 2008 on Italian hot chocolate so her it is.  Enjoy:

Ahh, those reports of storm and winter snows make everyone want to bundle up and get warm outside and in.Recipes from Tuscany: Cioccolata Calda (Hot Chocolate)

So, my mind naturally turns to chocolate.  (My mind always seems to turn to chocolate, no matter what the excuse!)

As the weather gets colder, I dream of the wonderful hot chocolate served in cafes all over Italy. Once you have tasted the Italian version of hot chocolate, it is very difficult to drink the bland versions back home.

In fact, six years ago, a woman on one of my tour groups became so enamored of “cioccolata calda” that she ordered it several times a day everywhere we went – even when the temperature was in the eighties! When we reached one of the pinnacles of hot chocolate, the Caffe Rivoire in Florence’s famous Piazza della Signoria, we were actually sweating.  That did not stop us from ordering the wonderfully thick and delicious concoction.

Italians prefer desserts and drinks that are less sweet-tasting than Americans do and hot chocolate is no exception.  The goal is a bitter-sweet, smooth taste with non-sweetened whipped cream on top.

In Tuscany (the home of “The Valley of Chocolate” that lies between Pisa and Florence), there is no end to the supply of velvety, deeply flavorful chocolate from local suppliers such as Slitti, Amedei, Corsini and many others.  Any of these chocolates make a great start for a hot chocolate drink.  If you cannot find Italian chocolate, any high quality chocolate will work. Remember, the secret is in each detail so use the best possible ingredients!

Italians generally drink their chocolate in a cappuccino cup filled halfway.  Here are two typical recipes below.  Are you up to the chocolate challenge? Read more

Recipes from Authentic Italian Women – Tuscan Ribollita Soup

As you may realize by now, my desire is to connect you to the real, authentic Tuscany.  A large part of that, of course, is the food.  Who better to consult about Tuscan cooking than authentic Tuscan women? 

 

I am presenting a series of recipes from friends, family members and colleagues who are authentic Tuscan women or women from other regions of Italy.  The theme is authentic recipes, not Americanized versions. You will find plenty of those online, in cookbooks and on television!

 

The first thing you should know is that Italian recipes are written with weights (not measurements for cups or spoons).  The second thing you must know is that recipes are guidelines and suggestions since everyone has different tastes and traditions.  For example, everyone in Tuscany has a different twist on their soups.  So, if you want to add an accent of your own (such as a favorite herb), feel free to do so.  Just make sure to pay attention to the freshness of each ingredient and that any additions you use be “in tune” with the taste of the recipe.Recipes from Authentic Italian Women - Tuscan Ribollita Soup

Manila – Florence, Tuscany, Italy

My friend Manila is a beautiful, doe-eyed woman who lives in Florence. Her husband owns the Ancre jewelry store near Piazza San Marco which is a favorite boutique of the locals.

Manila has raised her three sons in Florence and has taught pre-school and elementary school for many years. Her dream, however, is to own a catering business.

Manila’s passion for Tuscan cuisine is well-known and she is considered one of the best cooks around. My cousins and I were blown away by a meal Manila cooked entirely based on fresh Tuscan mushrooms.  When she smilingly opened her front door and the aromas wafted towards us, it was heavenly. And I will never forget about the bone-in prime rib cooked in the wood-burning oven in her courtyard in downtown Florence.

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Barco Reale, Carmignano – A Restaurant Treasure

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I Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven! (Tuscany Winery Visit)

Valiano Winery and Villa Residence

On June 9. I met Francesco Andreotti (son of Martina Piccini, an italian winery owner) in Florence and headed down to Siena to “Fattoria di Valiano” (one of their several wineries).

Martina Piccini’s family has been in the wine business since 1882 and theirs is still a family-run business. They have this winery in Siena, one in Montalcino, one in Sicily and a couple of others.

Words and pictures cannot do justice to the beauty of the landscape to, from and at the actual winery. The positive part about so much rain this year is that the valleys are even more verdant than usual. This property was immaculate and very well cared for. Some of their wines have won international prizes and they have often been in Wine Spectator. Their variety of wines runs from family style to high end. Read more