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Best Bacari & Cicchetti in Venice

September 20, 2016

Much like you would go to Seville for the truly delicious tapas experience and absolutely not for the restaurants, though good ones can be found (apparently), Venice is certainly not a destination for world class eateries. There are, however, a few low key exceptions, in the form of those champions of the small plate and wine […]

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Maratona dles Dolomites

August 1, 2016

If you’re a keen and competent cyclist, you’re a sucker for a draw-dropping landscape and you want to experience just a small part of what the Tour de France competitors have to go through, then the Maratona dles Dolomites is right up your strasse. Established in 1987 to mark the 10th anniversary of a local […]

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Things to Do in the Veneto in October

July 12, 2016

There’s no more beautiful time to visit the Veneto than Autumn – the colours are sensational, while from mushrooms to wine harvests there are gastronomic experiences aplenty. Here’s our pick of a few of the best things to do in the Veneto in October… 1. White Truffle Season The October truffle season in Italy. We’ll sneak […]

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Pasta Alle Vongole – Pasta with Clams

Pasta alle vongole is one of my favourite pasta dishes: simple, stylish and delicious. Even the children seem to like it as large red chilies often contain very little heat. No need to add any extra salt apart from in the pasta water, the clams are salty enough.  Do not serve with cheese as this […]

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The Dolomites

June 29, 2016

Geographically speaking, if one can say that, the Dolomites are a mountain range in the north east of Italy which form the border with Austria, running from the river Adige in the west across to the river Piave in the east and pretty much equally shared in terms of size between the Italian provinces of […]

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Five Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Venice

June 25, 2016

Ok, so when you think of Venice you think of water. The city is built on it, life within it is made possible by the canals that snake through it and the lagoon surrounds it and sometimes flows into it. What I hadn’t appreciated until recently, when we took our guests for a much anticipated […]

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Edible Flowers for Summer Dining Italian Style

May 25, 2016

Deep Fried Zucchini Flowers Serves 4 This fried zucchini flower recipe is a quintessential Italian dish. This sums up all that is integral to Italian cooking, it’s simple and uses the freshest ingredients. If you have ever tried growing zucchini then you will realise this recipe is invaluable (not least for being a great way of […]

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Five of the Very Best Veneto Wines

May 24, 2016

Pieropan – La Rocca If you’re thinking mass-produced, characterless Soave from the 1980s and 1990s when the global market was flooded with cheap wine more similar in style to a Pinot Grigio in lightness and taste, then you had better think again. Made from 100% Garganega grapes and grown on the steep slopes adjacent to […]

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Ursula Ferrigno Joins the Stirred Travel Team

March 23, 2016

We are delighted to welcome highly acclaimed food writer and chef Ursula Ferrigno into the kitchen at Villa Casagrande, where she will be demonstrating her considerable depth of knowledge of Italian food and culture during a week of adventurous, hands-on cookery classes and culinary experiences with the Stirred team this summer. Ursula trained at the Auguste […]

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Zabaglione with Torcolato di Maculan

March 16, 2016

Zabaglione has got to be one of Italy’s biggest guilty pleasures – a rich, creamy custard-like concoction made by beating eggs and sugar and adding alcohol. It’s delicious, decadent and should ideally be offset with something a bit lighter and sharper. Ingredients: 4 egg yolks 80g castor sugar 100ml marsala Torcolato di Maculan wine Cooking instructions: […]

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