New Wine & Roasted Chestnuts – Tuscany’s best fruits & nuts combined

By an open fire, we sat around a large wooden table which had been handmade by our friend’s great-grandfather some centuries past. As we chatted away, we worked at scoring an X into the flat side of a great mound of chestnuts, just collected from our friend’s chestnut grove.   We then laid the nuts […]

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Brussels sprouts – our favourite! The Italian secret recipe to eating (and enjoying) your vegetables! *Including Tessa Kiros recipe*

It’s no secret that Tuscan food is delicious. It’s also world-famous for being one of the few cuisines that is also good for you. But did you know that traditional Tuscan recipes can also produce miracles? For this week, Artviva is proud to announce that a gastronomic miracle did occur ? an entire, large family […]

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From Rags to Riches: Carnivale in Italy (including traditional Italian Carnivale sweet recipe)

Italy’s greatest festival, Carnivale, in 2011 falls on March 8. The date changes annually due to the celebration falling 40 days before Easter. But in true Italian style, there is much fanfare in the leadup. In fact, Carnevale events usually commence some 2 to 3 weeks prior to the actual big day itself. The biggest […]

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