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Venice is always an amazing surprise

17 Nov


Venice is always a surprising city. Ponte di Rialto, Canal Grande, San Marco, are for sure worldwide known, but at the same time, they are normally besieged by multitudes of tourists.

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Walking far from these very famous attractions, is what I normally do, during the periodical visit of the Vacavilla’s Venice apartments. This is the reason why of this article, as I normally write about about my beloved Tuscany.

This time I decided to come back to the Sestiere of Cannaregio and Dorsodure, visiting also the Ghetto,  Campo San Polo and le Zattere, facing of the Giudecca channel.


During the weekend, I had great food experiences, starting from the Osteria Bancogiro, having a lunch outside on the more than beautiful, let’s say: unique outside, just over the Canal Grande, few meters far from the Rialto bridge, but at the same time in a quite place. Great dishes are the six cicchetti veneziani (nice to see, and excellent to eat), such as the green hollow spaghetti with calamari and chanterelles (mushrooms), the breaded chicken with wild herbs and sweet & sour tomatoes sauce or the tuna steak with pistachios, pinenuts and orange sauce. Address: Campo San Giacometto, 122, tel 041 523 2061 

As usual, I decide to dine by the Vecia Cavana restaurant. It is located in the Sestiere of Cannaregio and it is a very classic restaurant with a wide choice of Venetian dishes. Excellent products, and very tasty dishes. I love their  baccalà mantecato with a tender commeal mush, but the best dish is fried moeche (tipical lagoon crab, fried entire nude of its shell), also the cakes trail is great. There is a nice atmosphere, and what I like more is that, the Vecia Cavana is an authentic place, mainly attended by Venetians’ people, instead of the only tourists. In addition to that, the restaurant also offers a wide gluten-free menu. For sure one of the best, and with a larger gluten-free offer I have ever found.

Address Rio Terà SS. Apostoli, 4624. Tel ‎041 528 7106 

I wish also to suggest other addresses:


Gelateria Nico, in Dorsoduro, at Le Zattere. Don’t live Venice, without having tasted their gianduiotto ice-cream.

It is a bar of gianduiotto ice-cream, fully immersed into a glass of fresh cream. Unbelievable!!!!

Gianduiotto is also a gluten-free ice-cream.

Address Fondamenta Zattere al Ponte Longo, 922 tel 041 522 5293


Always in Dorsoduro, OKE restaurant and pizzeria is a good address, with a very pleasant outside, just facing the Giudecca channel. The food is good, also the pizza’s. OKE offers also a large choice of gluten-free pizzas of good quality.

Address Calle Frati Dorsoduro, 1414, Tel 041 520 6601

For your stays in Venice, contact Vacavilla at info@vacavilla.com or at +39 0577 165 6690


Tuscany food: celiac friendly Restaurants, Trattorie, Pizzerie, etc.

2 Jan

Tuscany is a place where  the celiacs can travel with pleasure for their eyes and for their taste.

The number of restaurants and trattorie offering gluten_free dedicated menu is growing constantly, and anyway, also where there is not any specific menu, the restaurants’ managers, waiters and chefs, are now aware about this kind of needs, and normally are able to adress the choice and to serve some naturally gluten free dish safely prepared.

As regards  the pizzerie, there are some specialized ones. It is normally better to inform about the non gluten free request at the reservation moment.


The gluteen fee products, such as pasta, biscuits, bread etc, are available, not only in the pahrmacy or in the specialised shops, but also in the supermarket, with a good choice. The CONAD spermarket chain is starting  indicating all the the gluten free products, includine salami, chips, fruit chuice, etc. with a specific and clear labels.

Now also Barilla is producine gluten free pasta.

The artisanal made ice-cream is naturally gluten free. All the goog gelaterie offers this kind of ice cream, and in many case salso gluten free ice cream cones.

Some good restaurants, trattorie and pizzeria addresses in Florence:


The Cammillo Trattoria in Florence (Borgo S. Jacopo, 57/r ), offers a typical Tuscany food, and it is very attentive to the gluten free food, serving a spectacular fritto alla fiorentina also for celiac.



L’Ora d’aria, by Marco Stabile, one of the best chefs in Florence, is also very attentive to the gluten free food, and if informed one day in advance, he can prepare also a fantastic gluten free bread.



Hostaria Il Desco in Florence, Via delle Terme 23/R. Typical Tuscany food. Large portions at good price. The fanciful gluten free starters are simply fantastic, such as the Vin Santo cheese cake.


La Cucina del Garga in Florence, Via S.Zanobil, 33a/r.  Excellent food, in a restaurant with a  gallery art, where young artists can show their works.  It is better to reserve; contact Alessandro Gargani.



Ciro & Son serves a really the best non gluten free pizzas in Florence. Ciro offers others gluten free dishes, and also a great Nutella crepe.


Some others addresses in Tuscany:

Restaurant Gallo Nero, in Siena, Via Del Porrione 65 53100 Siena – Italy Tel: 0577/284356 http://www.gallonero.it.  3 minutes walking from the marvelous Piazza del Campo, the restaurant, situated in a grotta with medieval atmosphere, offers traditional Tuscany food and also some excellent gluten free pasta dishes.

Bistrot Manalù, in Livorno, Piazza della Vittoria, 9 tel. 0586/958326 or mobile 333/2133839. The restaurant is 100% gluten free, and offers any kind of hand made gluten free pasta. An excellent new opening


Restaurant Le Vecchie Mura, in San Gimignano (Siena), via Piandornella, 15  Tel  0577 940270. The restaurant offers real Tuscany food, together with a gluten free menu.  http://www.vecchiemura.it/en/menu.htm

Trattoria Tre Stelle, in Forte dei Marmi (Lucca), Via Montauti, 6, Phone +39 0584 80220 Mobile +39 335 7767977 mail: info@trattoriatrestelle.it. http://www.trattoriatrestelle.it. In the cool Forte dei Marmi, Massimo serves excellent sea-food, being very attentive to his gluten free guests, as he is cook the mixed fried fish using cornstarch, and he serves bread of different types, and many types of gluten free spaghetti, penne and noodles, as well as desserts.

Vacavilla offers a wide range of villas and apartments with pool in Tuscany and in Florence.

Special promotion are reserved to the facebook fans. Ask to Andrea and Susi. The Vacavilla villas’ experts. They will be happy to find the best solution for you.

https://www.vacavilla.com  – info@vacavilla.com  – Via dello Spuntone, 8, 53034 Colle Val d’Elsa, Siena  Telephone:0577 165 6690

Caffè Marconi in Marina di Pietrasanta (Versilia) – The Original Pane Arabo Pizza

6 Sep

Caffè Marconi was born more than 40 years ago in Forte dei Marmi, in Marconi square, where every Sunday there is the famous Forte dei Marmi Market.

Few months ago, Misses Rosa and her daughter Patrizia decided to move their famous Caffè Marconi to Marina di Pietrasanta, in Giosuè Carducci street at the 149. The  new location is very close to the Twiga beach, few steps from some of the more famous Versilian beaches.

This summer I went there, discovering the Caffè Marconi  their Specialità: the Pane Arabo Pizza. It is simply fantastic.

The Pane Arabo is a stuffed focaccia invented in 1977 by Misses Rosa and her Husband when the Caffè Marconi was in Forte dei Marmi. Now the Pane Arabo Pizza is one of the more popular pizza. There is no pizzeria in Italy which does not have the pane arabo  in its pizza menu.

The original recipe contains tomato, green salade, ham and cream cheese. The secrets of Misses Rosa are two: the special cream cheese (fantastic) and the dough.

Today you can eat this special and tasting pizza on the nice terrace of Caffè Marconi, drinking a fresh bier at a very good price.

Some friends of mine also tasted the other kind of pizza prepared by Caffè Marconi, and they loved also them.

So if you wish to enjoy the best and the original Pane Arabo pizza goes to Caffè Marconi in Marina di Pietrasanta. Rosa and Parizia will be happy to welcome you.

Vacavilla offers the best rentals’ apartments and villas  in Versilia, and in the best Tuscany locations. On the beach or in the countryside and also in the cities of arts (Florence, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano). Luxury and  charming rentals, weekly or short breaks. Call Susy or Ludovico they will help you to find the best holiday home for your needs, to realize your vacation dreams.