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Pastry-shop Francesco Cecchi, Cinquale: amazing pastries & cakes in Versilia

1 Oct

This is a real gem. It is not a secret to reveal, but for sure a very special address where to taste excellent cakes and pastries, typical of the traditional italian haute patisserie.

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The Pasticceria Francesco Cecchi is almost hidden  between the streets of the little seaside resort of Cinquale, adjecent to the celebrated Forte dei Marmi, the capital of the Versilia riviera.

The café is very small. There few tables at the exterior, where it is possible to taste the fast-italian breakfast, made of amazing breakfast pastries (the best rice pudding in Tuscany), and also a very good coffee or cappuccino.

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After the breakfast test, you will not be able to live without buying some of their excellent cakes (don’t’ miss the chocolate and pear pie).

If you love cakes & pastries, you will simply fall in love with this Pasticceria of Francesco Cecchi.

The address:

Via Cateratte, 130 – 54030Cinquale – Montignoso (Ms)

Tel 388-4626060 / 349-2325921

If instead you wish to rent a villa or an apartment for your stay in Versilia, in the land of Forte dei Marmi and Pietrasanta this is the address for you:

Vacavilla

Via Fratelli Bandiera, 67, 53034 Colle di Val d’Elsa SI
Tel: 0039 0577 165 6690
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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

Mitoraj Myth and Music – exhibition in Pietrasanta

6 Jun

The town of Pietrasanta, also known as the “ Little Athens of Versilia “, has become a symbol for the sculpture since the Renaissance, when Michelangelo and all the main sculptors of the period went to visit the nearby marble quarries in the Apuan Alps of Massa and Carrara.
Since the last 20 years, Pietrasanta, with its beautiful old town with Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque buildings has became the most sophisticated destination in the Versilia region.

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The centre of the town now is full of restaurants, art gallery and also boutiques, but the main reason why of this new golden age of Pietrasanta is that many of the most important contemporary artists have decided to work and sometimes also to live here.
Botero, Vangi and Igor Mitoraj are only some of the most important ones.
This year, to celebrate Igor Mitoraj, who passed away in 2014, the town of Pietrasanta has decided to dedicate the exhibition “Mitoraj Myth and Music” .
Until the 30th August the complex of Sant’Agostino in Pietrasanta (Lucca) hosts his most important sculptures, the giants faces and busts, often wrapped, worldwide famous. To enhance the works, gardening experts have made a real “enchanted garden” where the clay sculptures have been arranged as a sort of theatre set, designed by the author when he was still alive.

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Mitoraj worked a lot also for theater and opera, and to complete the celebration, of the great polish artist, a rich musical program has been organized by the Puccini Festival Foundation, and every Friday, it will accompany the exhibition with music events and concerts. The scenic design will be enriched by the images of the photographer Giovanni Ricci Novara.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

http://www.vacavilla.com, if you need to reserve a villa or an apartment in the area of Versilia, write to info@vacavilla.com or call 0039 0577 165 6690.

Il Trillo restaurant with an amazing open terrace

15 Jul

Il Trillo is a very special place, just few curves above the city of Massa, few kilometres north of Forte de Marmi, in Versilia.

The restaurant offers real genuine food, prepared and presented in a contemporary way. Fresh ingredients and accurate preparation served in one of the more beautiful terrace of the Versilia and Apuan Riviera.

Under lemon trees, surrounded by flowers and plants, a young and friendly staff is happy to serve a delightful candlelight dinner.

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Some suggestions: between the starters:

White onions stuffed with beef, mortadella & herbs cooked in Vermentino wine, or  yellowfin line caught tuna tartare with Trevisan radicchio and peas coulisse;

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and the hand made pasta dishes:

Traditional thin green squared pasta, served with a rich beef tomato ragù sauce and parmesan cheese, or Paccheri pasta filled with buffalo mozzarella & aubergine, in a guinea fowl ragù;

the main courses
Organic Shorthorn fillet of beef with foie-gras and Cognac served with baby red chard, or a delicious slow cooked rabbit leg stuffed with cabbage, accompanied by sweet and sour shallots, or King prawns & “Tropea” onions flambée with Laphroig whisky;Side dishesDesserts & Puddings;

and to finish, as dessert:

Coffe and Chocolate mousse with amaretto biscuits crumble (great), or a tasty  caramelised apple and pear cake with fiordilatte icecream on custard, a light alternative is the  Sorbet trio Mango, Blueberries, Blueberries, but my favourite one is the lemon tiramisù.

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Friandises and a lemon cream (made by the lemons gathered on the terrace) complete the very accurate service.

The food is good, the location is amazing …. and the price? The price are reasonable: two courses, plus a dessert, water, wine (not an expensive one), and coffee is less the 100 Euro for two persons.

Highly recommended also for Vegan and Celiac, as they serve vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

il trillo ristorante – la Limonaia
via Bergiola Vecchia, 30 loc. Castagnetola
54100 Massa (MS)
+39 0585 46755

http:www.vacavilla.com

 

 

Carnival of Viareggio 16 and 23 of February and the 2, 4 and 9 March

17 Jan

The Carnival is going to arrive, also this year. The next 16th of February the first parade of floats, of one of the most important Italian Carnival festival will take place.

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From the 23rd of February until the 9th of March, Viareggio will host thousands of masked people with the only goal to partecipate to this great event.

It is a very good reason to start visiting Viareggio and the coast of Versilia, also in 2014. For more information to assist to the parade, link to: http://viareggio.ilcarnevale.com/biglietteria-contatti.

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This is also the right period to start planning your next summer holidays.

Vacavilla offers a wide selection of villas and apartments in Versilia. Do not hesitate to contact Andrea or Susi at info@vacavilla.com or call them to +39 0577 165 6690.

Here there are some examples of http://www.vacavilla.com proposals.

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http://www.vacavilla.com/vacation-home/il-trebbio.html

http://www.vacavilla.com/vacation-home/montebello.html

http://www.vacavilla.com/vacation-home/mery.html

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.

http://www.ristorantiperceliaci.net/cerca/ristorantiperceliaci_toscana.php

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:

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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.

https://plus.google.com/113855600574973128643/about?gl=it&hl=en

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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.

http://www.oradariaristorante.com/en/odahome_en.html

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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.

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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.

http://www.garga.it/english.html

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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.

http://www.ciroandsons.com/eng-index.php

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

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bistrot-Manalú-Naturalmente-Gluten-Free/429341550516774

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