Report From Italy

Prego Dishers, I returned last night from Italy where I attended the week-long Ecco la Cocina cooking course and culinary tour in Tuscany. Our trusty group of eight ate and drank our way through the Chianti region. Highlights of the trip included visits to wine cellars large and small and castles big and tall. Along the way we picked saffron from fields around San Gimignano, dined at fabulous restaurants in Siena, and drank Brunellos in Montalcino. I ate my weight in burrata.

And we cooked: our hands-on lessons took place in ancient mill that has been somewhat converted into a romantic kitchen where Italian-American chef, Gina Stipo, taught us how to prepare the regional and seasonal dishes of Tuscany. We spent the last three days in Rome where we discovered some amazing taste sensations. As soon as my brain catches up to my body, I will spill all of the cannellini beans. Until then, enjoy some food porn after the jump.

These pictures were taken during ONE meal at Sira e Remino in San Gusme. Bruschetta pomodoro; pappardelle with meat ragu; a tasting of three pecorinos; pici pasta; plate of pig including salami with fennel, prosciutto, and pancetta ; traditional Tuscan steak “cooked” raw.


  • I’m particularly jealous of the Brunello. And the pappardelle. And, well, maybe *all* of it.

  • Billusa99

    Awesome – we honeymooned in Tuscany. Can’t beat the food.

    P.S. jetlag alert: I think you mean cannellini beans. Cannelloni is pasta.

  • hawk

    come on bill, dont drive Nancy away too!!! haha

  • Nancy Nichols

    @Billusa, correctomundo. I am seeing double. BTW, have you seen page 20 of the Nov. issue of D Magazine??

  • BirdBrain

    OMG, what fabulous food. More please. Did you go to wineries? Which ones. My husband and I are going to Rome and want to know where to eat. Thanks.

  • kathyS

    We can’t get Italian food here we might as well hear about it from you.

  • Billusa99

    Yes, thanks. It arrived in our house today and my wife is gushing over it.

    LOVE the cow diagram! 😉

  • Arrived today? I bought it last week at Tom Thumb – who can wait?