HERBAL CAKE gr. 700 thin-stemmed chard borage a few leaves gr. 80 of fresh ricotta grated Parmesan 1 grated potato or 1/2 handful of rice flour extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper and nutmeg -------------------------------------------------------- Wash the beets well, drain and cut them finely. Put them to rest in layers with the fine salt so that they lose the bitter water. Make a rather soft dough with flour and water and let it rest. Squeeze the beets well with your hands, throw the water away. Mix all the ingredients with your hands, squeezing the chard lightly so that they release their juice, add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. In the meantime, divide the dough 2/3 and 1/3. Roll out the greater part with a rolling pin into a very thin sheet larger than the pan. Put a drizzle of oil on the bottom and roll out the pastry making it overflow, remove the air. Pour the filling, mash it well, cover it with a disc made with the remaining dough as large as the pan. Fold the edges back onto the disc. Pierce here and there with the tip of a knife, sprinkle with water and oil, spread them evenly with your hands. Bake at 180 degrees for about 45 minutes. Serve lukewarm.
Ceretto is a wine producer in Piedmont, making top-quality Barolo and Barbaresco. It was founded by Ricardo Ceretto in 1930 and is famous for being a pioneer of the trend toward single-vineyard Barolo wines. Nebbiolo is the key grape variety, but Ceretto also make wines from Dolcetto, Barbera, Arneis and Moscato. Riccardo Ceretto, who did not own any vineyards, produced wine from grapes he purchased. The turning point came when his sons Bruno and Marcello joined the business, with their innovative thinking for the time: the importance of the land. Though this seems obvious today, memories of the poverty of rural life in the Langhe region - described so well by Beppe Fenoglio in his novel “La Malora” (“Ruin”) - were still fresh, and Riccardo was reluctant to invest in purchasing land. In the 1960s, Bruno and Marcello started mapping out the land that produced the best wines, and buying the vineyards. They would never leave the region again. Blangè is the white side of Piedmontese wines; a product that defined an era, revolutionizing Langhe winemaking that was previously devoted exclusively to red grapes. The most famous Blangè a Langhe Doc Arneis is the product of a highly distinctive region, the Roero, and a desire to improve varietal recognition, as well as drinking pleasure. Blangè combines sustainable practices in the vineyard with a modern take. Fruit and minerality, aromatics and balanced freshness, coexist in this white wine that has made enjoyment and versatility its trademark. Blangè is the white side of Piedmontese wines; a product that defined an era, revolutionizing Langhe winemaking that was previously devoted exclusively to red grapes. Dolcetto d'Alba Doc is the product of a highly distinctive region, the Roero, and a desire to improve varietal recognition, as well as drinking pleasure. Blangè combines sustainable practices in the vineyard with a modern take. Fruit and minerality, aromatics and balanced freshness, coexist in this white wine that has made enjoyment and versatility its trademark. Down to Barolo Docg and Barolo Chianato
La Tenuta San Guido prende il nome da San Guido della Gherardesca vissuto nel XIII secolo. Si trova sulla costa Etrusca tra Livorno e Grosseto, nella Maremma resa celebre dai versi di Giosuè Carducci e si estende per 13 chilometri dal mare fin dietro le colline. Racchiude al suo interno tre eccellenze: Il Sassicaia, la Razza Dormello Olgiata nei cavalli purosangue e il Rifugio Faunistico Padule di Bolgheri, primo in Italia. Sono i punti cardinali della Tenuta e ne segnano anche geograficamente il territorio: il Padule verso il mare, il centro allenamento in pianura ed i vigneti che arrivano fino a quasi 400 metri tra la macchia sulle colline. Una situazione ideale perché con 2.500 ettari a disposizione è stato possibile trovare i 75 ettari più vocati per il Sassicaia. Così eccezionali da meritare una D.O.C tutta loro (D.O.C. Bolgheri Sassicaia) che è l’unica in Italia ad essere inclusa interamente in una proprietà. Per molto tempo Castiglioncello di Bolgheri è stato usato come cantina del Sassicaia. Questa era un’ottima soluzione finché i pochi vigneti erano vicino al castello. Allo sviluppo di nuove vigne, seguí un’espansione della cantina. Quest’ultima non poteva più trovarsi sul punto più alto al livello del mare visto che le vigne erano oramai sparse su tutta la tenuta. Una posizione centrale fu trovata negli anni sessanta. Qui è dove si trova tuttora: sul viale dei cipressi, vicino all' Oratorio di San Guido che dà il nome alla tenuta. La nuova cantina d'invecchiamento del Sassicaia è stata progettata dall' architetto Agnese Mazzei, ed è situata accanto alla cantina di vinificazione in fondo al viale dei cipressi di Bolgheri. Tenuta San Guido is named after the Saint Guido della Gherardesca who lived during the XI century. It is located on the Tyrrhenian coast, between Leghorn and Grosseto, in Maremma an area made famous by Italian Nobel prize winner Giosuè Carducci, and it stretches for 13 km from the sea to the hills. Three are its defining characteristics: the Sassicaia wine, the Razza Dormello-Olgiata thoroughbred studfarm and the Bird Sanctuary Padule di Bolgheri. They divide the estate between the Padule on the coast, the horse's training grounds on the plain, and the vineyards planted up to 350 meters on the hills. The latter have been given their own DOC, the DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia, the first, and so far only case in Italy of a DOC contained in one estate. The wedding of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta and Clarice della Gherardesca on October 18th 1930 started it all. They shared a love for thoroughbred horses that made them form a partnership with horse breeder and trainer Federico Tesio. Mario Incisa's love of good wine made him plant Cabernet vines in 1942 for what was to become Sassicaia. Seventeen years later the Bolgheri Bird Sanctuary becomes Italy's first private nature preserve. For a long time Bolgheri's Castiglioncello was used as Sassicaia's winery as it was the closest building to the vineyards at more than 300 m a.s.l.. But as new vineyards were planted at greater distances and lower altitudes, a new larger winery had to follow. The new, more central location was decided in the 1960s. This is where it can be found today, on the cypress alley, close to the San Guido Oratory, which gives the estate its name. A third smaller winery was built in 2007 by architect Agnese Mazzei, it houses the barriques for the ageing of the Sassicaia. It can be seen next to the cypress alley.
Una trattoria pizzeria piemontese, immersa nella langa che vi farà assaporare la tradizione e la qualità del cibo tipico di queste zone. Il locale semplicemente arredato ha alcuni tavoli sulla piazzetta del paese davanti alla chiesetta e con la vista verso le colline. La signora Piera in cucina prepara il tipico menù piemontese fatto di antipasti, plin e tagliatelle il pezzo forte è il coniglio che si scioglie in bocca. Appena sarete seduti arriverà il giovane nipote Bebo che con fare generoso e spigliato in italiano o in inglese vi accoglierà con una scelta di vini piemontesi e, in attesa dei piatti, con le "friciule" calde, pasta di pane fritta talmente leggere e gustose che salteranno in bocca senza che ve ne aggorgerete. Anche la pizza è ottima e digeribile con farciture anche di ingredienti locali che sehuono le stagioni come la toma di Roccaverano e i fiori di zucca in stagione. A Piedmontese trattoria and pizzeria, immersed in the Langhe that will make you savor the tradition and quality of the typical food of these areas. The simply furnished restaurant has some tables on the town square in front of the church and with a view towards the hills. Mrs. Piera in the kitchen prepares the typical Piedmontese menu made of appetizers, plin (hand made filled pasta with local meat) and tagliatelle the highlight is the rabbit that symply melts in your mouth. As soon as you are seated, the young grandson Bebo will arrive and, generously and confidently in Italian or English, will welcome you with a choice of Piedmontese wines and, waiting for the dishes, with hot "friciule", fried bread dough so light and tasty they will jump in your mouth without you knowing. Even the pizza is excellent and digestible with fillings also of local ingredients that follow the seasons such as the toma di Roccaverano and the courgette flowers in season.
Martini e Rossi captures the spark that set two men on a lifelong quest to make their stamp on Italian culture. Alessandro Martini - a spirited entrepreneur with a global vision - and Luigi Rossi - a creative muse whose botanical fragrances would lure noses along Turin’s via Dora Grossa. The year was 1863 when their newfound partnership was manifested in their first vermouth: the Martini e Rossi "Rosso". This original blend remains the same to this day, a famous brand all over the world. Our artisans of today are 8th generation Martini e Rossi masters. Each following in the footsteps of their predecessors. All dedicated craftsmen and custodians of Martini e Rossi’s quality and integrity. The only three people worldwide to know Mr. Rossi’s original recipe. Originally from a village just outside our home of Pessione, and a student of the world-renowned Scuola Enologica di Alba, where many MARTINI & ROSSI® experts have honed their craft. After 18 years of training, Musso succeeds the 30-year tenure of former master blender, Luciano Boero. MARTINI & ROSSI®’s original recipe remains guarded under lock and key. Our masters know it only by scent and taste. Over 500 botanical samples pass under Ivano’s nose each year, and only the combined experience of himself and Beppe can maintain Luigi Rossi’s legacy. Our first love. The original Martini e Rossi, conjured under the inspired nose of Luigi Rossi. Since the sun-blushed days of 1863, a devoted selection of regional herbs are at its heart, and natural caramel imparts its rich scarlet hue. An icon di Italia. Martini e Rossi and Rosso and Tonic, Created in the 1970s to modernize Luigi Rossi’s original recipe into a refreshing long drink. Aromatic herbs spring to life with the addition of sparkling tonic water, while an orange wheel enlivens its fruited notes of lemon and raspberry.
Cinzano vermouths date back to 1757 and the Turin herbal shop of two brothers, Giovanni Giacomo and Carlo Stefano Cinzano, who created a new "vermouth rosso" (red vermouth) using "aromatic plants from the Italian Alps in a [still-secret] recipe combining 35 ingredients (including marjoram, thyme, and yarrow)". A global Italian icon, propelled from the hills of Piedmont to a world-class brand by the entrepreneurial determination of its founding fathers; each drop of Cinzano vermouth and sparkling wine is infused with nearly three centuries of determination and willpower to achieve the very best in quality and taste. As suppliers to the Royal Court, Cinzano was entrusted with the challenge and finally, in the mid-1800s, their Spumante (sparkling wine) was born, expanding the business into the production of sparkling wine. Santa Vittoria d’Alba became the heart of the Cinzano world and the business was ready to evolve from a local storefront to a global brand. Developing its communications strategy in line with the Belle Époque’s aesthetic, Cinzano adopted new mediums and techniques the era had to offer, from posters and postcards, to ads in media titles such as Telegrafo magazine, a prominent Italian daily newspaper at the time. Only the greatest Italian brands could afford to work with artists and illustrators and Cinzano was no exception, leading from the front. Bold in their style, Enrico and his brother, Emiliano, collaborated with the most daring artists of time allowing the brand to evolve alongside popular culture. The Cinzano heirs continued their work with innovative inspiration and achieved such great commercial success that they were asked by the Savoy monarchs to offer their expertise to produce Italy’s first Sparkling Wine, upon success of the incredibly popular French champagne that dominated the wine export market across the globe. The result: the birth of the Cinzano sparkling wines. A global Italian icon, propelled from the hills of Piedmont to a world-class brand.
Prunotto is located in Alba, in the heart of The Langhe, halfway between Barbaresco and Barolo, on the southeast side of the Tanaro River on a gentle hillside surrounded by vineyards stretching throughout The Langhe and Roero. Cantina Sociale "Ai Vini delle Langhe", a winemaking co-op, was incorporated in 1904 in the city council room of Serralunga's Town Hall presided by Mr. Giacomo Oddero, a notary public and a youthful Alfredo Prunotto as a witness. Among those present at the ceremony were prominent citizens who made important contributions to the history of Alba and the surrounding communities, as well as many small local producers. In the middle of the predicaments of World War that created seroius problems, Alfredo Prunotto met and married Luigina. Together they decided to take over the "Ai Vini delle Langhe" co-op and gave it their name. Their dedication and passion soon made the winery famous and it began exporting Barolo and Barbaresco all over the globe: first to South America and then to The United States, two markets that had recently opened to foreign trade. Prunotto was one of the few companies that believed in this commercial strategy. The Antinori family first became involved with the Prunotto winery in 1989 initially handling distribution and then in 1994, when the Colla brothers decided to retire, they took over production upholding the excellent quality standards that Alfredo Prunotto successfully achieved. The winery's production philosophy, always extremely attentive to details and deeply passionate about wine, brought Prunotto and the Antinori family together to face a new challenge: to explore and develop the potential of this new terroir where both local and international varieties can express the area's remarkable territorial identity. Prunotto’s vineyards extend over an area of approximately 65 hectares (161 acres) in the territories of The Langhe and Monferrato and are subdivided into smaller parcels of land and single vineyards where great red wines are produced. Respectful of regional traditions, white wines are also crafted such as Moscato d’Asti and Arneis as well as an innovative rosé and two brands of grappa, one from Barolo Bussia and one from Barbera d’Asti Costamiòle.
We’re in Quasano, in the Alta Murgia National Park. Here, 20 years ago, we decided to make our dream come true. We wanted to make the world a better place, based on the values we believe in, that are the respect for the environment, the enhancement of the territory, and sustainability. What did we have in mind? We thought of a precious resource of our land: the almond. We tell, grow, hand sort, carefully select, transform, and pack the almond of Toritto “Filippo Cea” for four generations. From the birth of our children to that of the building of our company. From choosing the land to purchase in the village of Quasano, to the planting of almond, olives and cherry trees. We enhanced the biodiversity of the Murgese territory with the transformation of the Toritto almond. Thanks to the flavor and properties of this precious seed, we developed a range of high-quality organic foods, that are good for the health and the environment. Our almonds are sustainably grown and insecticide-free, so you can snack away, knowing you’re enjoying a natural, healthy, and wholesome Pugliese produce. The Qua – Sani (in English, Here – Healthy) is a network that promotes personal and collective welfare through environmental and economic sustainability, always respecting and enhancing the local territory. The name comes from the old village of Quasano, in the countryside of Toritto, near Bari. In the name Qua – Sani, we also enclosed the essential elements of the project: quality of life, Health, Nutrition, Nature, Independency. Our organic farm bases on a short and sustainable circular supply chain. Fattoria della Mandorla property is surrounded by untouched natural bushland with an abundance of native Pugliese wildlife. We trusted our land and its potentials and convinced young almond farmers of Toritto to plant new orchards and not to abandon the old ones. Thanks to a constant commitment to research and development, we enhanced the almond, as a leading food for healthy nutrition. We created a range of healthy vegetable products, the first in the world based on almond oil and milk. The circular economy is a system where all the production phases are arranged to reduce or avoid wastes. In our supply chain, the hull, the shell, and the integument of the almond seed used as fertilizer and soil conditioner for almond orchards. The circular supply chain is a model based on the recovery of every raw material, with a positive impact on the social, economic, and environmental levels. Thanks to the use of energetic renewable sources, we avoid substances dangerous to the environment and reduce wastes. QUASANI PRO.
One of the biggest flaws of us Sicilians is having a poor memory. We easily forget if someone has wronged us, and that is not necessarily a bad thing since then, but the problem is that we often forget our traditions and where we come from. One of the most beautiful things that Sicily has, besides art, the sea, the perfumes, the islets, the beaches, is certainly the pastry. I think we all agree that Sicilian pastry is unmatched all over the world And if anyone has any doubts just think of the top 5 typical Italian sweets that come to mind: Tiramisù, Cannolo, Cassata, Babà and the fifth most likely the Modica Chocolate PGI. In short, out of 5 famous Italian desserts, 3 are Sicilian, one from Campania and the other still has not understood whether Treviso, Tuscan or something else. You understand well that if Italy is the home of cooking and pastry and if 50/60% of the most representative desserts are Sicilian we can without a doubt confirm that pastry , even before Italian, is Sicilian. And we can go ahead with all due respect to the French and pastry chefs from northern Italy, also because they then have to explain to me what we should do with their pastry made from 7 gram micro bites so we have to eat 49 to understand something, but oh well. That said, there is nothing about these desserts today that hasn't been handed down for CENTURIES. Cassata, Cannolo, Modica Chocolate IGP, nougat with sesame or almonds, almond biscuits, mpanatigghi are all sweets that have existed for more than 100 years. Now, considering that until half a century ago Sicilian men worked in the countryside and women looked after the house, in your opinion who has carried on these wonderful culinary traditions? Women. If we go specifically, it was the GRANDMOTS. Because when it came to retirement age and men could rest from their strenuous jobs and the children were already adults, grandmothers delighted in the kitchen taking back those sweets that they had always seen their grandparents make, and so on for centuries and generations. Also because many years ago there were no specialized pastry shops. In short, if the most important pastry is the Sicilian one, and if the Sicilian pastry exists thanks to the grandmothers, we can only refer to them and their tradition every time we think of a dessert. This is why I decided to honor the memory of my Nonna Lina (Don Peppinu's wife, who passed away 2 months ago) by paying her homage and dusting off all those wonderful sweets of Sicilian tradition. A tribute therefore to all Sicilian grandmothers.
Lionel Poilâne (June 10, 1945 – October 31, 2002) was a French baker and entrepreneur whose commitment to crafting quality bread earned him worldwide renown. His father, Pierre Poilâne started a baking business in 1932, creating bread using stone-ground flour, natural fermentation and a wood-fired oven. Lionel took over the bakery in 1970, continuing the traditional methods. Poilâne is widely known for a round, two-kilogram sourdough country bread referred to as a miche or pain Poilâne. This bread is often referred to as whole-wheat but in fact is not: the flour used is mostly so-called grey flour of 85% extraction (meaning that some but not all of the wheat bran is retained). According to Poilâne's own website, the dough also contains 30% spelt, an ancestor of wheat. In addition to miches, the Poilâne bakery offers rye bread, raisin bread, nut bread, Punitions (shortbread cookies), and an assortment of pastries to its clients. Poilâne is perhaps one of the most famous names in the baking industry today. Poilâne mastered his single product and trained his apprentices in the physical baking process, which he believed to be the most important aspect of his vision. He believed as much of the work as possible should be done by hand, by one person taking responsibility for their loaves from start to finish. Lionel Poilâne laid the basis of a concept he called "retro-innovation"; combining the best of traditional elements together with the best of modern developments. The only deviation from his father's original formula was machine kneading, saving hours of work for his bakers. He was knighted as a Knight of the National Order of Merit for services to the economy in 1993. Pain Poilâne is produced in the Latin Quarter of Paris where it is sold at the original boulangerie on rue du Cherche-Midi. A second Paris bakery on boulevard de Grenelle is located in the 15th arrondissement. The worldwide demand for Poilâne bread is met in a facility located in Bièvres which was built in the 1980s. The Bièvres bakery produces around 15,000 loaves per day in 24 wood-burning ovens which are exact replicas of the ovens used at the Paris locations. These loaves are shipped worldwide. The firm opened a facility in London's Belgravia district in June 2000. On October 31, 2002, Lionel Poilâne was killed when the helicopter he was piloting crashed into the bay of Cancale, off the coast of Brittany. The passengers, Poilâne's wife Irena and their dog, also died in the crash. Poilâne was survived by daughters Athena and Apollonia, who now runs the enterprise. Apollonia is a graduate of Harvard University. Located at 8 rue du Cherche Midi in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, the original Poilâne, created in 1932, continues to be the flagship location of a bakery with international renown. In staying true to its founding principles—making high quality bread for all—and in creatively joining the arts of living well and eating well, Poilâne has flourished, offering its savoir-faire across France and all over the world.
La nascita del Brunello di Montalcino risale all’Ottocento, quando alcuni agricoltori montalcinesi iniziano a sperimentare la produzione di un vino rosso con le uve di una vite tradizionalmente coltivata nella zona. Una vite chiamata “Brunello” o “Brunellino” che, verso la metà dell’Ottocento, viene identificata come una varietà del Sangiovese. Un’uva molto pregiata perché capace di produrre vini da lungo invecchiamento cioè vini rossi di altissimo pregio. Il padre precursore del Brunello di Montalcino fu certamente Clemente Santi. Nel 1869 un suo Vino Scelto (Brunello), della vendemmia 1865, fu premiato con medaglia d’argento dal Comizio Agrario di Montepulciano. Negli anni successivi il Brunello ottiene altri importanti riconoscimenti internazionali battendo i rossi francesi persino a Parigi e a Bordeaux. Per molti anni il Brunello rimase una rarità destinata a pochi raffinati intenditori. E’ solo nella seconda metà del Novecento che, da una prelibatezza per pochi, si trasforma in un simbolo mondiale del migliore made in Italy. Con la nascita delle DOC, il Brunello vive una fase da protagonista ed è nel gruppo dei primi otto vini a cui viene attribuita la denominazione di origine. Nel 1966 il Brunello di Montalcino diventa un vino Doc e l’anno dopo istituisce il suo Consorzio. Nel 1980 è la prima Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita DOCG e da quel momento tutte le sue bottiglie vengono chiuse da un contrassegno di Stato che garantisce la loro provenienza. Tuttavia la produzione del Brunello è ancora troppo piccola per affermarsi su scala internazionale. La prima cantina con una vera rete commerciale è degli anni ‘70 ma il Brunello conquista il mercato mondiale solo dopo il 1980 anche attraverso una crescita del numero delle cantine e delle bottiglie prodotte. Montalcino fa da battistrada anche al turismo del vino italiano con le prime cantine attrezzate per visite guidate e un intero territorio che ogni anno riceve migliaia di visitatori da tutto il mondo. Moltissimi riconoscimenti comprovano la qualità del vino: nel 1999 la prestigiosa rivista statunitense “Wine Spectator” inserisce un Brunello fra i 12 migliori vini del XX° secolo e nel 2006 incorona un Brunello in cima alla classifica mondiale.
As a designer of experience Federica Piccoli focuses on the inter-connection between land, culture, food and wellbeing. Starting from the personality of the producer/locations, the sensory and emotional experiences are focused on recovering personal rhythm and perception of time and space, and on finding the starting point to fully live blissful moments. "The seven senses of wine", "Tasting ∞ Meditation", and "Esperienze immersive di degustazioni erranti" are examples of designed paths. Wine, chocolate, food and well-being is her passion. She is very active in the land of wine in Italy, from Piedmont Monferrato and Barolo down to Puglia Primitivo passing through Chianti and Montalcino in Tuscany. Federica Piccoli lived abroad for many years, these experiences made her appreciate more and more the importance of appreciating little moments of joy through high quality food and wine that she found in her homeland: Italy. She created a format for wine tasting through the cellars where the wine is produced that one must do at lest once in a lifetime.
Orecchiette are a pasta typical of Apulia, a region of Southern Italy. Their name comes from their shape, which resembles a small ear. An orecchietta has the shape of a small dome, with its center thinner than its edge, and with a rough surface. Like other kinds of pasta, orecchiette are made with durum wheat and water. Eggs are rarely used. In traditional Southern Italian home cooking, the dough is rolled, then cut into cubes. Each cube is pressed with a knife, dragging it on the board and making it curl (making a cavatello). The shape is then inverted over the thumb. Orecchiette are eaten with broccoli, turnip tops, mussels and mushrooms. Each Apulian family has its own recipe that is handed down from mother to daughter. According to distinguished scholars of Apulian food and wine orecchiette would have originated in the territory of Sannicandro di Bari, during the Norman-Swabian domination, between the 12th and 13th centuries.