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Polenta in the piazza

Polenta in the piazza

The Polentari from Filecchio were in Barga Vecchia this week end offering to the public freshly prepared polenta

Polenta is cornmeal boiled into a kind of porridge and eaten directly or baked, fried or grilled. The term is of Italian origin, derived from the Latin for hulled and crushed grain (especially barley-meal). As it is known today, polenta derives from earlier forms of grain mush (known as puls or pulmentum in Latin or […]

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Roberto Salvateci – Panettone in Piazza

Roberto Salvateci – Panettone in Piazza

Although originally conceived in the north of Italy, one of the traditional Christmas fare in this area is without a doubt – the panettone.

Roberto Salvateci took part in the “Panettone Day” contest in Rome last October and walked away with the prize for the best Panettone in Tuscany and the sixth best on a national level. He was here in Barga this afternoon with his now famous Panettone and offering slices to the people in the piazza outside […]

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Marco Scaglione – gluten free Chef

Marco Scaglione – gluten free Chef

presentation of his latest book - "Pani, Pizze, Focacce senza Glutine"

Marco Scaglione,  the gluten free Chef was in Barga this afternoon demonstrating his prowess with gluten free cooking* at the Locanda dei Mezzo, the restaurant which opened up their doors in Piazza Annunziata for the first time this summer with Francesco Piacentini and Giulio Turriani at the helm (article here)     listen to ‘marco […]

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Pasticerria F.lli Lucchesi: Prize winning Panettone

Pasticerria F.lli Lucchesi: Prize winning Panettone

Panettone prepared with lievito madre - natural yeast which first came into existence in 1964.

The Pasticerria F.lli Lucchesi have just been presented with the first prize in the 9° Concorso Gastronomico Nazionale sul Castagno: “MARRONI, CASTAGNE E FARINA DI CASTAGNE: I DOLCI” held every year in San Zeno di Montagna in Verona. Their prize winning entry was their now famous Panettone but this time with the added ingredient of local […]

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A.S. Barga: Necci, mondine and vin brulè on the Fosso

A.S. Barga: Necci, mondine and vin brulè  on the Fosso

Necci, mondine and vin brulè on the Fosso this weekend thanks to the sterling work of the A.S. Barga who every year at this time set up their stall, kitchens and fires and fill the autumn air with the smell of roasting chestnuts. As they are roasting for a large amount of people they have […]

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Autumn Festa In Barga Vecchia

Autumn Festa In Barga Vecchia

A day to savour the joys of a vibrant working community.

Sunday was the first roast chestnut event this Autumn held outside Aristo’s bar in Piazza Salvo Salvi – and once again, a perfect example of the community in action, and why we are so lucky to be able to live here. Seemingly out of nowhere, without a huge amount of organisation, wood for the fire […]

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October Fair in Castiglione – truffles and the Aristodemo’s

October Fair in Castiglione – truffles and the Aristodemo’s

Swing Italiano with the Aristodemo's this Sunday at Castiglione di Garfagnana - Alessandro Rizzardi on mandolin and sax, Fabio Guazzelli on guitar, Keane – bodhràn and percussion, Ugo Menconi on fisarmonica, Mirco Capecchi – Contrabbasso …. and of course, Andrea Gonnella on vocals

The Aristodemo’s – Andrea Gonnella, Alessandro Rizzardi, Keane, Ugo Menconi, Fabio Guazzelli and special guest – Mirco Capecchi were in Garfagnana this afternoon adding their brand of Italian swing from the 40’s and 50’s to the “FIERA D’OTTOBRE” – the Autumn fair held every year in the medieval walled town of Castiglione di Garfagnana. Black […]

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Fish and chip festival (with a difference)

Fish and chip festival (with a difference)

Sarà ancora possibile mangiare qualcosa di buono? Da questa domanda nasce libro di Ilaria Bertinelli.

The annual fish and chip festival run by AS Barga at the Johnny Moscardini Football Stadium opened in Barga this week and as you can see from the images above – it is business as usual with large crowds attending and enjoying the event but this year there is something different in the air. For […]

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Bisteccata sotto le stelle

Bisteccata sotto le stelle

Bisteccata sotto le stelle – another great gastronomic event not to be missed this evening in Via Mordini down at Barga Giardino. The football club ASD Sacre Cuore in collaboration with the butchers, the Angelini brothers, given its success in previous open air night time markets, replicated their  “Bisteccata under the stars” event. All the seats […]

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Locanda di Mezzo opens in Barga

Locanda di Mezzo opens in Barga

It has kind of been hidden .... maybe hidden is not the correct word to use, overlooked would probably be more in keeping, but one of the finest piazzas in Barga Vecchia has finally coming to its own and can be seen and enjoyed in all its glory.

Piazza Annunziata is one of the first piazzas that visitors to Barga come across when coming into the city for the first time but is generally perceived as a kind of transit piazza as people are moving further into the city towards the larger piazzas of Piazza Angelio and Piazza Salvo Santi. Yesterday evening all that changed as […]

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Inaugurazione contadino Mercato a Fornaci

Inaugurazione contadino Mercato a Fornaci

opening of a new vegetable market in Fornaci di Barga which aims to cut out the middleman and allow local growers to sell their produce directly to the public

All images by Alessandra Magnani As regular readers will have noticed we are right in the middle of election time and with only a week or so to go before the elections on 25 May, the pace is hotting up and local politicians can be seen in evidence in almost all of the piazza’s. It’s meet and […]

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Sweet grape liqueur

Sweet grape liqueur

You can use this liqueur in fruit salads. Excellent with milk puddings. Around 18* List of ingredients for 1l. 400g of good quality grapes, 8 verbena leaves,450g dry vermouth,100g alcohol 95*, 300g sugar. Mash the grapes with the sugar in a pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 3-4 minutes with the lid […]