The humble sweet chestnut has been an important ingredient in the Mediterranean diet – Homer mentions them, and Pliny even says which kinds were grown in Southern Italy.
With time their cultivation spread throughout the peninsula, because they were one of the few food crops that could be grown on steep mountain slopes, and also one of the few crops that could be expected to provide sustenance through the long winter months. By the middle ages castagne were the staple food of the […]
1st - Emiliana Santi, 2nd - Federica Brizi, 3rd - Tiziana Faccio, 4th - Barbara Santoni, 5th - Roberta Guidi
The ninth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here 2012 2013, 2014 2015 2016 2017 ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. Last […]
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The Sagra del fish and chips, organised by the AS Barga until the 16th August at the stadio “Johnny Moscardini” has once again offered the possibility of fish and chips gluten-free. Working with the Associazione Italiana Celiachia, they are now offering not just fish and chips but also pizza, crepes and deserts prepared by Theobroma for […]
Norman Bradford and Amelia Zambonini
Norman Bradford and Amelia Zambonini were married today in Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia. The bride, groom and family then moved on to the Hotel Moorings to celebrate before finally later on that evening enjoying the traditional meal of fish and chips at the Fish and Chip Festival.
a new fish restaurant by the Orsucci family
Barga Vecchia is a mediaeval city with a protective wall surrounding it. Its history dates back centuries long before the invention of the car therefore the streets inside the wall are narrow winding and sometimes steep. Basically there are two main roads – one sneaking up to the Duomo at the top of the city […]
The Polentari from Filecchio were in Barga Vecchia this week end offering to the public freshly prepared polenta
Every month we publish a series of images from the market held in Barga every second Sunday in the month. Some months there is a good influx of people, some months less. In amongst the usual Barbie dolls, bric a brac, Mussolini busts and religious icons, this month here has been a concerted effort to […]
Full article in the PopEating magazine featuring Francesco Piacentini, Giulio Turriani at The Locanda in Barga Vecchia
A Barga, sulle colline lucchesi, i giovanissimi fondatori della Locanda di Mezzo mettono al centro le idee per far evolvere la cucina della Garfagnana attraverso un nuovo codice Affacciata sulla prima piazzetta che si incontra all’ingresso di Barga, uno dei borghi più belli d’Italia, la Locanda di mezzo è un prezioso laboratorio di elaborazioni di […]
show cooking with Luigi Gori at the Theobroma in Barga Vecchia
Show Cooking sulla lavorazione dei dolci Tornano i nostri speciali Show Cooking, a cura del nostro mâitre pâtissier chocolatier Luigi Gori, e proseguono all’insegna della lavorazione dei dolci. Dopo il successo ottenuto con la serie di Show Cooking sulla lavorazione del cioccolato lo scorso dicembre in occasione del Festival Barga in Cioccolato (article here) , […]
1st - Manuela Baldisseri, 2nd -Tiziana Faccio, 3rd - Monica Marchi, 4th - Cinzia Giusti, 5th - Barbara Santoni
The eighth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here 2012 2013, 2014 2015 2016 ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. Last […]
Sachertorte is a specific type of chocolate cake, or torte, invented by Austrian Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties. 5th December is National Sachertorte Day
domenica 10 dicembre, dalle ore 16:00 alle ore 18:00, il nostro Luigi ti mostrerà la sua personale interpretazione della Torta Sacher, tradizionale Austriaca, dove il cioccolato è il protagonista indiscusso. Durante la preparazione ti saranno spiegati i passaggi più importanti, dal Pan di Spagna realizzato con burro e cioccolato fuso, alla farcitura e glassatura, ed […]
It has to be said that it is not a pretty looking dish but the combination of highly salted bones and sweet chestnut is something to be savoured.
There is fresh snow on mountain peaks surrounding the city and more maybe forecast for Sunday so what about some serious food to keep all those thoughts of a freezing winter at bay ? What could be better than that classic dish for this time of year; Polenta di Neccio and Ossi di Maiale – […]