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A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: Ravenna

Ravenna is Italy’s city of mosaics, named by UNESCO world heritage.

Watch the new episode of A Queen In the Kitchen-Estate Italiana and discover one of the most beautiful Italian city and why Ravenna should be included in your next trip to Italy:

Five of these beauties can be visited by purchasing a combination ticket €9.50 (€8.50 for children) , one is free and the remaining two have their own visiting options.

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  • Mosaics

Mosaics are literally everywhere, from the ancient sites to charming little shops and laboratories where to learn the Art of Mosaic. Annafietta is one of them, in the city center of Ravenna,

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  • Food and Wine

Romagna cuisine is delicious and I highly suggest to have lunch/dinner at Osteria Passatelli. Established in 1962 the city center of Ravenna, Osteria Passatelli is nestled inside an old movie theater. Great food and good selection of wines in a unique location.

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  • Marina di Ravenna

Founded in the 1930s, Marina di Ravenna is a lively beach town and a very popular tourist destination for families and young ones. This small town offers well-equipped beach establishments, hotels, beach clubs and great seafood restaurants.

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  • Ravenna Festival

The Ravenna Festival is a summer music and art festival held in Ravenna during the June and July. The most prestigious conductors have appeared in this world-class Festival (Riccardo Muti, Zubin Metha, Lorin Mazel).

Buona Estate!

Credits:

Ale Gambini (Host, Author, Editor)

Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Original Music, Video Maker, Photo).

Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.

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A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: FICO Eataly World (Bologna)

FICO, acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Contadina (Italian Peasant Factory) and literally fig or cool! (Italian expression), is THE WORLD’S LARGEST AGRI-FOOD PARK in beautiful Bologna (Emilia-Romagna)

100.000 square meters of authentic Italian agri-food related stuff including :

  • shops and marketplace
  • 40 eating points
  • 40 farming factories
  • 6 multimedia carousels
  • 6 classrooms
  • theater and cinema
  • 2 hectares of fields and stables
  • 1 congress center

FICO is HUGE and the best way to explore it is to rent at the entrance the FICO bike, a Bianchi tricycle provided with two shopping baskets.

If you are planning to visit Bologna, the capital of the Emilia Romagna region, don’t forget to plan a whole day at FICO.

Buona Estate!

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Majestic entrance at FICO Eataly World .

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Red Hot Chili Pepper sculpture in the parking lot.

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Best way to visit FICO is to rent a FICO Bike.

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Neapolitan Pizza at ROSSOPOMODORO.

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Italian Gelato Workshops at Gelato University Carpigiani.

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Traditional Sicilian pastries at Pasticceria Palazzolo.

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Outstanding Italian rice at Grandi Riso spot.

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Huge selection of Italian wines.

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Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, shop and tasting.

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One of my favorite spot at FICO: Librerie COOP bookstore.

Credits:

Ale Gambini (Host, Author, Editor)

Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Original Music, Video Maker, Photo).

Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.

A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: Rimini

Rimini, hometown of the greatest Italian director Federico Fellini, is the capital of Italian seaside tourism! Kilometers of fine sandy beach with best equipped bathing establishments, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and much more. Rimini is also an art city with Roman and Renaissance monuments.

Watch the new episode of A Queen In the Kitchen-Estate Italiana and discover the most attractive spots in town, best restaurants and beach resort.

Buona Estate!

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Beach life at Bulli 75 bathing establishment, trendy and vibrant beach resort.

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Eating with the feet on the sand, priceless!

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With Gabriele Mondaini owner of Da Lele, best seafood restaurant in town.

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Piadina Romagnola with Prosciutto Crudo di Parma PDO, rucola and squacquerone cheese.

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Rimini, so much fun for kids and parents.

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Every morning is special in Rimini with cakes, croissants, cappuccino, bread butter & jam ….

Credits:

Ale Gambini (Host, Author, Editor)

Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Original Music, Video Maker, Photo).

Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.

A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: Orta-San Giulio

The medieval village of Orta and the enchanting San Giulio Island are a spectacular spots in the Piedmont region.

Watch the new episode of A Queen In the Kitchen-Estate Italiana featuring the jewel of Lake Orta and learn what to see and where to eat while visiting  the Verbano Cusio Ossola province.

Twenty minutes driving south from Orta-San Giulio stop by at Cantine del Castello Conti for a tour of their vineyards or to taste their precious Boca wine, the typical red wine from Novara Hills. The winery is nestled inside a real castle built by Mr Ermanno Conti in the ’60s.

Buona Estate!

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The medieval village of Orta overlooking the San Giulio Island.

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The beautiful Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

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Lighting up a candle in the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

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Piazza Motta with its frescos, cafes and shops.

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Handmade soap shop in Piazza Motta.

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Breathtaking view of San Giulio Island from the imbarcadero.

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Dining “al fresco” at Ristoro San Giulio, on the San Giulio Island.

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Sipping Boca wine at Cantine del castello Conti with the beautiful owners Mariuccia, Paola and Elena Conti.

Credits:

Ale Gambini (Host, Author, Editor)

Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Original Music, Video Maker, Photo).

Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.

A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: Milano

The day has arrived! After traveling during this summer through the most beautiful places in Italy, here we are with the the new episodes of  A Queen In The Kitchen, Estate Italiana (Italian Summer).

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Visiting a new Country could be tricky and time consuming, especially when there is not much time available; so here are my suggestions to taste the real essence of this fascinating and polyhedric city. Milan is the capital of the Lombardy region and the second most populous city after Rome. Milan is the Italian capital of the finance, fashion, design, media and research. Milan is also the fifth most Michelin starred city in the world.

In this episode I’ll show you my TOP 8 things to see and to eat while visiting my beloved hometown Milano (Lombardy Region).

Enjoy the Summer, Buona Estate!

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My favorite shot in Brera district.

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The majestic Milan Cathedral.

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The three of us in beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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The typical Milanese tram.

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Brera Art Gallery and Academy.

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Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), the residential towers in Porta Nuova District.

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Visiting the prestigious cooking school La Scuola de La Cucina Italiana.

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The new Purple Metro Line.

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Risotto Giallo alla Milanese (Milanese Risotto), the staple of the Milanese cuisine.

 

Credits:

Ale Gambini (Host, Author, Editor)

Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Original Music, Video Maker, Photo).

Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.

Italian Bread Baking @IICLA

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Kick off summer with another extraordinary cooking class at the  Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and learn how to make homemade Italian bread and focaccia.

MENU:

 

Onion & Cherry Tomato Focaccia (LIGURIA)

Crescione with cheese and spinach (EMILIA-ROMAGNA)

Briosche col Tappo and Granita al Caffè (SICILY)

Save your spot now!

Saturday, July 14th, 2018
10:30 AM – 1 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – LA 90024
To register:
please call 310-824-7408 or email to classes.iicla@esteri.it  

Panzanella (Tuscan Bread Salad)

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Panzanella, literally PAN: Bread and ZANELLA: Soup Bowl, is the name of the traditional Tuscan bread salad. The main ingredients of panzanella are stale Tuscan bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, basil, salt, pepper, vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

I had the pleasure to teach how to make this dish during Culinary Tour Of Italy, the cooking class I led at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles as a part of the LA FoodBowl, the month long food fest organized by the Los Angeles Times.

Here are some tips for a delicious Panzanella:

Use Tuscan bread, the unsalted Italian bread loaf.

Don’t drench the bread in the water solution, simply wet it.

Use the best quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Make the Panzanella ahead of time as the ingredients will blend together during the resting time in the fridge.

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Photo Credits : Mirko Mirakle Urania

INGREDIENTS

4 slices stale Tuscan bread

2 ripe tomatoes

1 medium cucumber

1small red onion

white wine or apple vinegar

8 basil leaves, hand chopped

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

salt and pepper, to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

Cut the onion into thin slices, soak them in a small bowl with water and a tablespoon of vinegar for at least 1 hour. Peel the cucumber with a potato peeler then cut into thin rounds. Wash, dry and cut the tomato into small pieces. With a serrated knife, remove the crust from the Tuscan bread slices, wet them with a solution of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar without soaking too much. Once softened, squeeze out any excess of liquids and chop it coarsely into pieces. Place the bread in a large bowl, then add the drained onions, tomatoes, cucumber, basil leaves and mix all the ingredients with the help of a spoon. Season with Evoo, salt and pepper and mix again. Place the Panzanella in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Return the Panzanella to room temperature before serving