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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When S stands for Bussola – a delicious Venetian cookie recipe by Tessa Kiros

One Sunday afternoon, some of us Artviva Walking Tours office staff gathered for some cooking in Tuscany. We made delicious Venician biscuits (cookies) using a recipe from Artviva’s good friend Tessa Kiros. Tessa Kiros writes in her fabulous cookbook, ‘Venezia: food & dreams’, that these delicious and simple-to-make cookies will stay fresh for ages because […]

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Italian food at Christmas – including delicious winter dessert recipe to warm your hearts and bellies!

Food in Italy is fabulous all year ‘round. But there is definitely extra love put into all dishes enjoyed around Christmas time.   As with the Slow Food* ideals developed in line with traditional cooking methods in Italy, recipes evolve throughout the year in-line with the freshest of in-season produce.   At Christmas time, in […]

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