painting of cachi in Fosciandora by Keane both Oil on Canvas 1988 As the leaves started falling on the hills surrounding Barga we began to see the shape of the mountains, houses and barns and even roads snaking up the mountainside which for months had been hidden from view by overhanging trees. The green verdant […]
This year for the first time it was held at L'osteria in Piazza Angelio
The fifth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here 2012 and 2013 is here ) 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]