Eat Local Highlights La Spezia What's Up

Liguria da Bere 2018: street wine festival in La Spezia

From tomorrow 29th of June to the 1st of July the Wine Street Festival Liguria da Bere gets back to La Spezia Liguria da Bere is one of the most popular events in the summer of La Spezia as well as one of the main promotional events in the local wine production sector, putting together the Riviera producers, consumers and wine lovers. In the very center of La Spezia city, the routes are filled with wine and food tasting stands: the best way to try food specialties and get to…

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Eat Local Highlights Val di Vara

The Croxetti tradition and recipe from Varese Ligure

If you travel to Italy because you are a pasta lover, you definitely owe a visit to Varese Ligure in Val di Vara to admire the art of making Croxetti, beautiful hand made pasta from Liguria Pasta is a must eat when visiting Italy, a culinary tradition that is reinterpreted in almost every corner of the country. There is no small village of  the most secluded coustryside that doesn’t have its own way to make pasta. It’s just amazing. In Liguria, and mostly in the eastern Riviera, Croxetti, or Corzetti are small…

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Eat Local Highlights

The Pesto Sauce: a serious matter, intangible cultural heritage of humanity

This week, Liguria unfolds a long green carpet, stretching all along the Riviera, to promote the Pesto Sauce as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage of humanity A green masterpiece, a joy for the eyes and the watering mouth, green gold that grows in your hands when you mix of a few, simple, fresh elements. The Pesto sauce is simplicity in the kitchen, in the best Italian tradition, that joins everyone in a journey of tasting pleasure. Liguria in Italy is the cradle of this unique sauce known all over the world…

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Eat Local Magra Valley & Lunigiana

Panigacci and Testaroli: meanings and differences

Many food specialties in La Spezia area come from the inland. Two of them are Panigacci and Testaroli, with similar dough and slight differences in preparation and traditions. “But what is the difference between panigacci and testaroli?” You ight wonder while you stay and try food between Deiva Marina and Lunigiana. It’s not easy  to give a definite and convincing answer and you might hear different and conflicting explanations. The truth is that panigacci and testaroli are two typical dishes of the poor cuisine of Lunigiana that arise from a…

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Eat Local La Spezia local insider

The true recipe of the stuffed mussels

Stuffed mussels, two different recipes for a traditional dish of La Spezia. How about every tradition worthy of respect, even on stuffed mussels (traditional food of La Spezia) there is a bitter confrontation. n detail, it is discussed on one thing: the mortadella ham is necessary to the success of the recipe or not? As we have done for the porridge, panigacci and testaroli and sgabei, we try to look further in the matter. No mortadella, Chef Paracucchi used to make muscles this way This recipe is from the book…

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Eat Local La Spezia local insider

Rice cake sweet or savory? No, it's stupid!

A very typical La Spezia’s local food is the torta di riso – the rice cake, in two, or even three possible versions. If you look at it from Liguria, the rice cake is that savory one; if you come from Carrara it’s sweet (although also in La Spezia there are sweet rice cakes variants). And if you look at it from Sarzana – that is between the two cities – ? No doubt it is a stupid cake. The torta scema – stupid cake is a specialty of Sarzana…

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Eat Local La Spezia local insider Sarzana What's Up

Sarzana Doc wine festival

Two days of wine in the streets of Sarzana DOC: 20 wineries showcasing their products. In the restaurants special menus for the occasion Friday, June 24 and Saturday 25 will two days enogastronomy in Sarzana : the sixth edition of the Sarzana Doc Festival will take place in the streets of the city with the stands of over 20 Ligurian and La Spezia wine producers . You can stroll through the streets for many wine tastings, and then pick one of the restaurants offering Special menus including different local wine…

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Eat Local History and culture La Spezia local insider

3 reasons why the Ligurian cuisine is not a poor one

Measured in condiments and mild in flavor, the Ligurian cuisine is called “cucina povera” by those who misunderstands it, because poverty is actually its wealth. The beauty of Italy is also made by what it can put on the table: there is no Italian region that does not have some culinary specialties known throughout the world. In many, especially those usedto strong flavors, define “poor” the Ligurian cuisine, meaning that it is dull, not rich in variety and second fiddle to other culinary traditions. It can not be made larger…

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Eat Local La Spezia La Spezia local insider

Emanuele Albano, the man who looked for mussels and found the "Muscoli"

Mussles of La Spezia are a mainstay of local cooking: excellence of the territory, are a real pride for locals. Along the Gulf of Poets nobody calls them “cozze”, – name for mussles in Italy – but who knows how called them Emanuele Albano from Taranto, the man who started the first mussle cultivation in La Spezia. La Spezia and surroundings do not mess around on the mussles . Mussles dishes are part of the local gastronomic tradition and are among the must try specialties if you are looking for…

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Eat Local La Spezia local insider

Breakfast in La Spezia: the dipped focaccia tradition explained

Having breakfast with a focaccia bread dipped in cappuccino is a Ligurian tradition. Outside the region, almost no one understands the charm of this specialty. Here’s how to figure out the Ligurian way and how to have the best breakfast in La Spezia. If you want to have a “continental” Breakfast in La Spezia, that will probably only happen in your hotel. We suggest you should go for the most local breakfast experience. Having breakfast in La Spezia is different from other Italian cities and similar to other places in…

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