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 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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The yummiest street food: the Farinata legend

In all Italy, it is very common to get yummy pizza both in pizzeria restaurant and as street fod, in a paperbag. In La Spezia, as in many Ligurian city, there is no pizza paperbag without a slice of Farinata. To be exact, you can get Farinata also in other places, especially in northern Tuscany and in Piemonte, all the way up to Turin and France. But as La Spezia people, we like thinking that Farinata, called here fainà, is all ours. If you walk around La Spezia street, you…

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Eat Local Magra Valley & Lunigiana Tips

Panigacci or Testaroli? The Lunigiana Dilemma

If you are going out for dinner in La Spezia, you might find in the menu Testaroli and Panigacci, delicious dishes you will only find in the La Spezia area. Panigacci and Testaroli are actually typical of the Magra Valley, the inland area towards Tuscany called Lunigiana, but are very popular and common in La Spezia too. Also among locals you might hear different stories about the difference between the two, the origins and ways to cook and appreciate them at their best are very contentious too. These two specialities…

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Eat Local Gulf of Poets La Spezia Shopping Tips

Food in La Spezia to buy

As you may know, Italy has a lot of regional food traditions, and anywhere you go you can try a very unique local specialty. It happens with food in La Spezia area  too, although the region of Liguria is not so well known for its food. Pesto is a sauce for any pasta dish, and one of the most known local traditional recipe. One of the most important thing to keep in mind to have a good pesto, though, is the freshness of the ingredients. So there is no better…

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