An invitation to Casale, following the smell of the Krumiri Buiscuits

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Let’s visit Casale, my town, following the smell of the Krumiri buiscuits. Many know it for an old advertisement for the famous biscuits (not the original ones, however), others because a relative has provided military service here but this quiet town that looks at the Po river and has a shawl of hills, in the […]

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Meet me In Monferrato: Art and Wine at the Art Park La Court

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In Monferrato the vineyards are part of the landscape and of everyone’s life. Immersed in the colors of the vineyard, a natural museum creates art and events among the rows of Barbera grapes. Every one in Monferrato has at least a grandfather, an uncle, some relative who had a vineyard, small or large, for work […]

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Farinata: gold that doesn’t shine!

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La farinata, queen of poor yet reach in flavor cuisine Don’t call it “cecina”, nor “torta”, or “caldacalda”: there are manydishes made from chickpea flour throughout Italy, but here it is called Farinata (fainà). And here it is much more than a simple dish: in La Spezia cooking, farinata is a real landmark, a piece of […]

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That’s Amor

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These are the tastings that are sometimes done almost by chance, perhaps on a cold Sunday in January spent discovering places full of charm like the Lunigiana. Maybe entering a Café that could be any Café, to take heart from the breath that thickens in grayish clouds, in the air that for some reason, even if […]

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

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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 isthat savory one; if you come from Carrara it’s sweet (although also in La Spezia there are sweet rice cakes variants). And […]

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The Pesto Sauce: a serious matter, intangible cultural heritage

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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 […]

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The true recipe of the stuffed mussels

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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 […]

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Acciughe fritte e vino, semplicce aperitivo

3 reasons why the Ligurian cuisine is not a simple one

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Measured in condiments and mild in flavor, the Ligurian cuisine is called “cucina povera” by those who misunderstands it, as simplicity 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 […]

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Emanuele Albano Mussels breeding - ph Made in La Spezia

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

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Emanuele Albano Mussels breeding – ph Made in La Spezia La Spezia and surroundings do not mess around on the mussles. Mussels dishes are part of the local gastronomic tradition and are among the must-try specialties if you are looking for a taste of the local traditions. The mussel breeding is one of the excellent […]

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Breakfast in La Spezia: the dipped focaccia tradition explained

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Having breakfast with a focaccia bread dipped in cappuccino is a Ligurian tradition. Outside of the region, almost no one understands the charm of this specialty. Here’s how to figure out the Ligurian way and how to enjoy the best breakfast in La Spezia. IIf you want to have a “continental” Breakfast in La Spezia, […]

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