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Osteria Brucia Tegami, Bagno a Ripoli, Florence in Tuscany

4 Nov

Just 20 minutes far from Florence, in the little town of Bagno a Ripoli, at the 39th of Roma street, the thoughtful and lively Fiamma welcome her guests in the cozy space of the Osteria Brucia Tegami.


Light green and yellow are the relaxing colours dominating walls and furnitures of this nice osteria. A selected menu of traditional dishes, prepared with high quality, genuine products. Nice presentations and generous portions, in a young and familiar hospitality style. Selections of great pecorino’s cheeses and salami of Cinta senese, potatoes tortelli, spicy pici, excellent beef tenderloin, fiorentina steaks and tagliate, but also baccalà (salted codfish) and cacciucco soup (on request).


The dessert menu offers, a very good apple pie and an excellent tiramisu. The wine menu is not large, but very well built and realized. It is organized in geographical areas and in each of them some good there few selected wines, at reasonable prices.


There you can find gluten-free pasta, and some gluten free dishes will let also the celiacs enjoy a tasting experience.


Osteria Brucia Tegami is a recommended address for the Vacavilla‘s guests, staying in Florence or in the surroundings of the most beautiful city of the world.

To book, call 0039 055 682 1276


Il Cucchiaio della Nonna, restaurant and pizzeria, offers excellent gluten-free food in Forte dei Marmi

4 Aug

Il Cucchiaio della nonna is a restaurant and pizzeria offering pizzas and flatbreads cooked in wood, local and fish food, but also a take away service, for the beach lovers. The restaurant is located at the end of Forte dei Marmi, in the department of Vittoria Apuana, in the parallel of the seafront street, 50 meters far from Versilia’s largest free beach .

The food is good, prepared with genuine ingredients (it seems it is prepared by Mrs Paola, the grandmother), and despite the service is not ever very quick, the staff is pleasant and courteous. As soon as you arrive at the table, they are quick to serve you an appetizer, usually a variety of pizzas’ stripes. The opening of Il Cucchiaio della Nonna is a good news also for the celiacs. The restaurant indeed offers a very large gluten-free menu, and serves very good pizzas for celiacs. For reservation Tel 0039 0584 752340 info@ilcucchiaiodellanonna.it

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

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Maga Magò restaurant, Montecarelli (Barberino di Mugello), Florence in Tuscany

10 Nov

Maga Magò is a very good restaurant, owned directed by Luca Percorini.


High quality products, excellent and well cooked dishes, generous portion and nice presentation.
Real traditional Italian and Tuscany dishes. Quite a large menu and plats du jour, offering from pasta alla carbonara, in this season, porcini mushrooms tagliolini spaghettini cacio and pepe, mixed boiled meats with sauces, fried porcini mushrooms, artichokes and brain, meatballs with mayonnaise, pigeons, saltred black cabbage, and many others dishes. The dessert is amazing: there is a large buffet offering a rich selection of different cakes (torta dell nonna, cheese cake, hand-made panforte, beignets, maritozzi with cream, and more …. dried fruits, liquor and coffes.


The wine menu is very original and offers a selection of uncommon Italian and French wines’ labels.

All the dishes are accurately thought and prepared. The restaurant is nicely decorated in a romantic country style. Candles create a very warm atmosphere.

It is the kind of restaurant I would like to find all over the world to eat good local food and enjoy a nice place mainly attended by local people.

To reach Maga Magò from Barberino di Mugello you will need 15/20 minutes, it is located on the Futa National road, in the village of Montecarelli, where in summertime it is pleasant to dine in the garden of the restaurant, whilst in winter time, it is possible to find the snow.

Don’t forget to book a table, as the restaurant is always full.
Contact: Maga Magò, calling +39 0558423041, Via Montecarelli, 2, Barberino di Mugello Florence.

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Osteria La Tecchia, in Pietrasanta, the cultural capital of Versilia in Tuscany

5 Oct

Osteria La Tecchia is a very good address where to taste the real Tuscany food.


The menu offers both fish and meat, with some of the Tuscany most traditional hits, like a superb spaghetti with arselle, fish fry, rosticciana (in english spare ribs), also a very great dish.
The portion are generous and the quality of the food is very very high. Also the catalana is an excellent choice. The creme caramel is genuine and despite they serve big portion, it will never be enough. the last time we went there, the chef offered some appetizing fry bread with anchovies.
The prices are correct, and they offers also a menu at 25€. Very Very good. We suggest it.


The Osteria offers the possibility to enjoy your dinner outside. The setting is nice, as the Osteria la Tecchia is situated in the old town of Pietrasanta, few meters from the famous Enoteca Marcucci,usually attended by the jet set. The beautiful cathedral square is just 5 minutes walking.


The restaurant is also organized to offer gluten-free bread and also some gluten-free dishes.

It is without any doubt one of the best addresses in Pietrasanta.

Osteria La Tecchia is located in Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 83, 55045 Pietrasanta Lucca
For information and reservation you can call 0039 0584 791211

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The Tuscany Michelin starred restaurants offers the chance of a fixed price dining from the 21st to the 30th of March 2014

6 Feb

From the 21st to the 30 of March, it will be possible to dine at fixed price, in some of the more famous Tuscany restaurants, awarded with a Michelin star.


#Enoteca_Pinchiorri, Via Ghibellina, 87, 50122 Firenze, Phone: +39 055 242757 

The difficult economic scenario pushed the temples of the Italian restaurant to adhere to the first edition of “Cene Stellate” (in english “starred dines”), created by DiningCity, a portal dedicated to the high quality gastronomy, working on thirteen different countries. The event involves the restaurants awarded by the famous Michelin Guide, and offers a five course dine at affordable price: 55 Euro in the 1 star Michelin restaurants, 70 Euro in the 2 starsand  80 Euro in the 3 stars restaurants.


Restaurant #Bracali, Via di Perolla, 2, 58024 Massa Marittima, Phone:0566 902318

The goal of the event is to approach the passionates of the good food to the haute cuisine world. The format has been already successfully tested in other countries.


Restaurant #Arnolfo, Via XX Settembre, 50-52, 53034 Colle di Val d’Elsa Siena, Phone:0577 920549

In Tuscany, at the moment, 7 restaurants adhere to the event: in Florence the Ora d’Aria and Il Palagio (Hotel Four Seasons), in Cortona Il Falconiere, in San Casciano Val di Pesa La Tenda Rossa, in Chiusi I Salotti (Hotel Villa Patriarca), in Casole d’Elsa Il Colombaio and in Pescia Atman. All these restaurants have one Michelin stars.


Restaurant #Lorenzo, Via Carducci, 61, Forte dei Marmi (Lucca)  – Tel.+39 584 874030 – 89671 

The region at the moment hosts twentysix Michelin starred restaurants. The only 3 star in the Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence. The 2 stars are instead four: Bracali at Massa Marittima (Grosseto), Caino at Montemerano (Grosseto), the Pellicano at Porto Ercole (Grosseto) and Arnolfo at Colle Val d’Elsa (Siena).  The 1 star restaurants are instead twentyone (Il Falconiere at Cortona (Arezzo), Ora d’Aria and Il Palagio, at Florence, La Tenda Rossa at San Casciano Val di Pes (Florence) a, Osteria di Passignano at Tavernelle (Florence), Trattoria Toscana at Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto), All’Acquacotta at Saturnia (Grosseto), La Pineta at Marina di Bibbona (Livorno), Bistrot, Lorenzo and La Magnolia at Forte dei Marmi (Lucca), Butterfly at Lucca, Piccolo Principe and Romano at Viareggio (Lucca), Lunasia at Tirrenia (Pisa), Atman at Pescia (Pistoia), Il Colombaio at Casole d’Elsa (Siena), Albergaccio di Castellina at Castellina in Chianti (Siena), La Bottega del 30 at Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena), I Salotti at Chiusi (Siena) and Castello di Fighine at San Casciano dei Bagni (Siena).


La #Bottega_del_30, Via S. Caterina, 2, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga Sien, Phone:0577 359226

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RistoBottega Antica Macelleria Falorni in Florence

10 Jan

The Antica Macelleria Falorni has recently opened in Florence. The RistoBottega (this is the way, the Falorni family entitled their format of restaurant and shop) is located in Palmieri street, at 35, to the corner with piazza San Pier Maggiore, in the medieval tower of the Donati, between Santa Croce and the Piazza della Signoria. It is a very authentic neighborhood of the downtown, close also to the famous Sant’Ambrogio market.
The RistoBottega offers the possibility to buy and to taste the Falorni products. There are dishes of  exquisite salami and cheeses from the Chianti area, crostoni with the specialties of Greve in Chianti, but also soups,  tartare, carpacci etc.. 
Important to know: all the salami, meat and cheese produced by Antica Macelleria Falorni are GLUTEN-FREE.
Everything can be eaten on the spot, but it also ready for a take away service. The RistoBottega is opened from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10,30 am to 9.00 pm.For  information call +39 055 245430 http://www.falorni.it/macelleria/firenze#&panel1-2Look at also this article: https://vacavillarentalsitaly.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/antica-macelleria-falorni-take-away-greve-in-chianti-florence-tuscany/If you are searching for an accommodation in Florence or in the Tuscany countryside, contact http://www.vacavilla.com. Andrea and Susi will be happy to find the right apartments or villa with pool for you.


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