Posts Tagged ‘The Food and Gastronomic Specialities of Chianti’

Chianti Classico – the wine of the historical Chianti area of Tuscany

Chianti Classico

The expression Chianti Classico is reserved for wines produced in a roughly oval-shaped area of mostly hilly country located between Florence and Sienna in Tuscany, Italy. To be designated Chianti Classico DOCG, the wines must be produced from sangiovese grapes at wineries within the area and within a specified range of altitudes. The Chianti Classico […]

Chianti – what is Chianti wine?

Chianti

When the name Chianti is used in relation to wine in a general context, it often means Chianti Classico wine which is a red wine produced from grapes grown in a roughly oval-shaped area located between Florence and Siena in Tuscany, Italy. This region is the historical “Chianti”, previously a recognised political entity but now […]

The best gelato in Chianti at L’ Antica Delizia in Castellina in Chianti

Best gelato in Chianti

The ice cream (gelato) made and sold at the geletaria L’ Antica Delizia in Castellina in Chianti is commonly said to be the best you can get in Chianti, better even than any in Florence. I have to agree with that assessment. Not only is each flavour sublime but the range of flavours is large, […]

Catered midday and evening meals at your Chianti vacation accommodations

Panna Cotta for your dinner in Chianti

I’m Elisa Berghi and this is my cooking service where I and, when necessary, my assistant come to your accommodation and prepare a full lunch or evening meal from the ground up using fresh local produce and home-made ingredients. Whenever possible, I use organic produce. I offer a number of traditional and innovative menus but […]

The pleasures of outdoor dining in Chianti

Dining outdoors in Chianti

The combination of love of family life, a pleasant climate and a passion for food makes dining in the open air extremely popular in Chianti, as throughout Tuscany. The chance to experience the pleasures of outdoor dining in Chianti is one of many reasons to think about spending at least part of your vacation in […]

Funghi porcini chiantigiani – collecting and eating porcini

porcini mushrooms

Funghi porcini, commonly referred to simply as “porcini” (“piglets”, probably based on their appearance; singular “porcino”) are large, edible mushrooms of the species Boletus edulis. English speakers often refer to them as “porcini mushrooms“. Common names for Boletus edulis vary by region. The word “porcino” is Tuscan and hence standard Italian, and reflects the latin […]

Florentine grilled steak – how to prepare it, how to eat it

Bistecca all Fiorentina

Not all tourists realise that grilled steak is very popular in Tuscany and, under names such as carne alla brace or carne alla griglia, no doubt has been, in one form or another, since time immemorial. One of the most traditional grilled steaks in Tuscany is the tagliata Toscana which is basically a simple grilled […]

Tuscan wines, Chianti Classico wines, “Super Tuscans”, Brunello, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

chianti grapes

Tuscan wines, particularly Tuscan red wines, have improved out of all recognition during the course of the past 45 years. This generalisation applies almost universally throughout the Region of Tuscany to the extent that one no longer has to search for a good wine but rather for either an outstanding wine and/or a wine that […]

Food and wine in Greve in Chianti

porchetta sandwich

Greve in Chianti is the market town of the Chianti Classico wine zone and so, not surprisingly, a great place to buy both wine and typical Chianti food products. Indeed, if you stay at an agriturismo, a working farm and usually a winery, you’ll be able to see wine during its development as well as […]

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