Catering Services by Danilo and Elysa

September 13th , 2011 → 7:50 pm @ Susan

Danilo and Elysa are local chefs who have been catering for Casa Lucia guests for the past four years. They offer a range of local specialities, many of which they cook in the traditional wood-fired pizza oven.
PIZZA EVENINGS
For a fabulous evening at home, local chefs Danilo and Elysa will come to Casa [...]

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Category : Food / Local Amenities / Local Interest

Local Restaurants

April 19th , 2011 → 6:20 pm @ Susan

RESTAURANTS IN THE AREA
Generally, restaurants are open from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 19.30pm to 22:00 (pizzerias are normally open till much later). You will often find that a large restaurant is entered through a small bar at the front and from the outside looks as if there is no restaurant there at all, don’t [...]

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Category : Food / Local Amenities

Making Pizza in the traditional wood-fired Pizza oven

November 14th , 2010 → 5:45 pm @ Susan

One of the main features of Casa Lucia is the beautiful traditional wood-fired pizza oven.  We make sure there is always a plentiful stock of wood for our guests, and there are always plenty of herbs in the herb garden next to the oven to add to your personal concoctions.   Making pizzas is a wonderful and healthy [...]

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Food of the Lunigiana

August 19th , 2010 → 5:51 pm @ Susan

Casa Lucia is situated in the area known as the LUNIGIANA, a triangle of Tuscany squeezed between Liguria and Emilia.  For hundreds of years pilgrims and merchants travelled throughout this region – indeed, the Francigena that runs through many of the villages of the Lunigiana was the major pilgrimage route in medieval times between Rome and [...]

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Tuscan Food

January 19th , 2010 → 5:42 am @ admin

Each of the Italian regions has its own unique cuisine, all influenced by the various climates.  A look at the Tuscan countryside reveals some of the key ingredients in local cooking: olive groves, forests of chestnut trees, terraced hillsides of grape vines, and fragrant rosemary and sage bushes in gardens everywhere.
Tuscan cooking is simple and [...]

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A Brief on Italian Wine

January 17th , 2010 → 4:10 pm @ admin

When it comes to wine, Italy is a country truly blessed: It benefits from an enviable array of vineyard sites ideally suited to growing the staggering number of indigenous grape varieties. However, Italy is also a country where heritage, pride and tradition are never far away. The result? A slow embrace of modern [...]

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A Tuscan Family Meal – Buon Appetito!

January 12th , 2010 → 5:48 am @ admin

Recipes from L’Academia Italiana della Cucina (The Academy of Italian Cuisine)
MINESTRONE – A Typical Tuscan Vegetable Soup
(For 6 people)
5 tbsp. olive oil
2 oz. pancetta, diced
½ medium onion, finely sliced
½ cup chopped basil
½ lb. potatoes, peeled and diced
1 carrot, diced
½ lb. Swiss chard, chopped
1 celery stalk, cut in small pieces
1 head lettuce, chopped
2 or 3 small [...]

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