Barter makes a comeback at an Italian trattoria in Florence diner

Donella Faggioli. Photo: Reuters

At walking distance from the tourist cafeterias around Palazzo Vecchio, Donella and her husband Frank are busy bartering wine and potatoes for a meal of Tuscan "pici" pasta with pork sauce.

Thursday, 11 October, 2012, 3:37am

TUSCAN attractions

Attracted to a rich culture and relaxed dolce vita lifestyle, holiday homebuyers have been purchasing farmhouses in Tuscany since the 1960's.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Asian grapevine

I remember the early 1990s when Masseto and Ornellaia were the newest kids on the cult wine block, showing off their finest alongside the great names of Bordeaux. What attracted many to these wines was the novelty of their intense flavours, reminiscent of Bordeaux yet riper and more generous.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Sangiovese is a great ambassador for Italy, and the region of Tuscany with which it is inseparably linked.

Indeed, most wines made with sangiovese are from the Chianti and Chianti DOCG regions - the Italian equivalent of a French AOC - while the villages of Montalcino and Montepulciano also produce Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


There's something satisfying in the way the name Frescobaldi rolls off the tongue, as if just pronouncing the word makes one sound Italian. If I add the full title, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, I'm almost as convincing as Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda.

26 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Muscle blends

Thirty years ago, innovative Italian winemakers started a revolution in Tuscany. It was set in motion by the Antinori family, when they launched a series of wines that was souped up with non-traditional varieties of grapes, thereby escaping Italian wine classification. These wines became known as Super Tuscans.

18 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Fashion show parades Italy's best

Italian Prato Chamber of Commerce fashion show

Where: IFC's Cuisine Cuisine

When: October 17

14 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Tuscan Spirit looks a winner waiting to happen for Size

John Size has made a great start to the new season, and the five-times champion trainer looks to have some fresh ammunition coming to hand in Tuscan Spirit, an impressive winner of the first turf trial at Sha Tin last Tuesday.

4 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Perfect Match

There are many variations on the classic lasagne. The sauce is important, but it's the quality of the pasta sheets that can elevate the dish. Fresh lasagne noodles have a gentle, nutty taste from the flour and egg and are silky smooth on the palate. Regardless of the type of sauce and choice of pasta, lasagne is a heavy mouthful.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Perfect Match

Chinese food is highly seasonal, making spring the best time to enjoy sweet, young lamb. A favourite dish for chilly spring days is lamb braised in a clay pot. The preparation of this dish is relatively simple, but results in hugely complex flavours. The main ingredients are fermented beancurd paste, lots of ginger, water chestnuts, beancurd sheets and, of course, lamb.

8 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Tuscan cooking schools

Coltibuono Lorenza de'Medici, who has published more than 30 cookbooks, started this famous cooking school in the mid-1970s and it is still going strong under the direction of resident chef Francesco Torre. One-day (Euro155/$1,500) and five-day (Euro2,550) classes are held at Badia a Coltibuono, an 11th-century estate and winery near the Chianti region of Tuscany.

28 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Wine On


Dievole Estate 2000, $228.

18 Jan 2004 - 12:00am


A festive feast would never seem complete without some great wines. We consulted three notable wine merchants in town on recommendations for the holiday


Director of sales (Hong Kong)

Berry Bros & Rudd

Shop 307-308, The Lee Gardens

33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay

Call 29072112

12 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Hallmarks of a top vintage

Each year, France and Italy take turns at wearing the mantle of 'the world's largest wine-producing nation'. In both countries, most wine is domestically consumed as vin de table (France) or vino da tavola (Italy). Widely recognised as being the lowest of the vinous low, when choosing a decent wine, ignore these classifications at your peril.

8 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Wine On

Under $100

Frescobaldi Remole


9 Feb 2001 - 12:00am