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Barga at night – Pasticceria Fratelli Lucchesi – Chocolate

This is the fourth in the series of articles with the title “Barga at night” – the hidden side of Barga that people generally don’t see. The idea is to follow and document people who are working while most of us are sound asleep in our beds. We started the series on a sweet note […]

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La Festa di San Giuseppe – frittelle

Today is Father’s Day in Italy, well almost, it’s the Festa di San Giuseppe – St. Joseph’s Day. Traditionally in this area the fathers get to eat frittelle, or even better – frittelle di riso- fried rice fritters and maybe polenta made with chestnut flour, castagnaccio -a cake made from chestnuts or if they are […]

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Barga at night – Panifico Regio Bello

Barga at night – Panifico Regio Bello

This is the second of a short series of articles with the title “Barga at night” – the hidden side of Barga that people generally don’t see. The idea is to follow and document people who are working while most of us are sound asleep in our beds. We started the series with the Pasticceria […]

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3° Concorso Nazionale di Scuole Alberghiere

I.S.I of Barga – I.P.S.S.A.R. “Fratelli Pieroni”, with the sponsorship of the Province of Lucca, organized the third edition of the Competition for Catering Schools – City of Barga – “A taste of typical products”, first international edition. Prize giving at the Teatro dei Differenti

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Barga at night – Pasticceria Fratelli Lucchesi

This is the first of a short series of articles with the title "Barga at night" – the hidden side of Barga that people generally don't see. The idea is to follow and document people who are working while most of us are sound asleep in our beds. We start the series on a sweet […]

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Biroldo, biroldo, biroldo

The story we published on Sunday which was somewhat mischievously entitled "Lake Angels and the Pig" had a sequel which was too late to publish that day. It concerns another local pork dish which very neatly divides opinion between those who think that it is a delicate local food with a long history which should […]

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Lake Angels and the Pig

Lake Angels and the Pig

A crisp cold December morning in Barga Vecchia with the occasional flurry of light snow drifting into the piazza. The Lake Angels were in the piazza with another of their very popular fund-raising events. Usually they are at work during the summer – this time their collective creative juices were flowing around the idea of […]

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Polenta di neccio and Ossi di maiale

Chestnuts – When this area was hit by famine, it was the food ingredient that kept many people alive. Dried chestnuts ground into flour is still known in Garfagnana as "the poor mans flour". One of the most delicious dishes that can be found during the winter months in Barga is polenta di neccio – […]

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Barga Cioccolata

The streets of Barga this weekend were filled with people enjoying Barga Cioccolata – Barga Chocolate. Now in its second year, this event brings to Barga, chocolate manufacturers and artisans from all over Tuscany who display their wares in the cantinas and small shops in Barga Vecchia.

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Lake Angels Christmas baskets

The Barga Jazz Club was supposed to be shut this evening but anybody passing by would have been surprised by the amount of activity going on behind the doors of the club.The Lake Angels were in action.

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Roast chestnuts on the Fosso

The AS Barga sports group were out in force at the Fosso – the area just outside the main gates of the city, preparing roast chestnuts and necci (article here) for the many visitors to Barga this week. As they are roasting the chestnuts for a large amount of people they have a different system […]

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AS Barga cooking Necci – sweet chestnut crepes

The AS Barga sports group were out in force at the Fosso – the area just outside the main gates of the city, preparing roast chestnuts and necci for the many visitors to Barga this week. Necci – the simplest of ingredients …. sweet chestnut flour, water and salt mixed into a thick paste and […]