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Rossana A.

Capraia e Limite (FI) - Toscana

"I live in the hills, in the village of Castra. Time still moves slowly here, and we can often hear the sound of horses' hooves clopping through the streets of our village, or the tranquil lapping of the River Arno."

Rossana welcomes us into her home, nestled in the rolling Tuscan hills not far from Florence. This is wonderful land, where man and nature have been rubbing along together since ancient times. From the Bronze Age to the Etruscans, the Romans to the Lombards, a whole range of civilizations has passed through these parts, leaving many signs of their presence. To this day we can admire the Montereggi Archaeological Park, the remains of the Castello walls, the rocca and the alleyways, Villa Bibbiani and its Parco Romantico.

It is home to a rich and fascinating history that is clear in the kitchen as well. This is a culinary tradition of peasant origins, which our Cesarina brings to the table in the form of genuine and appetizing recipes.

The sweet taste of the Tuscan Hills

A voyage through the rural culinary tradition of Chianti

Rossana opens this Taste Experience of Florentine tradition with an unmistakably rustic dish. She serves a "porrata," Tuscan focaccia with a base of leeks and 'rigatino', a pancetta characteristic of the area. An appetizer served alongside delicious lacinato kale crostoni, slices of famous local bread accompanied by boiled vegetables.

To follow, our Cesarina's trusted Chianti classic, pappardelle with stewed duck. These long, thin strips of egg pasta are served with a deliciously rich sauce. The duck is flavored with aromatic herbs, wine, and plenty of tomato sauce, for a result that is succulent to say the least. And the duck makes a return in the second course as well, this time accompanied by a characteristically Tuscan side of cannellini beans in oil.

Finally, for dessert Rossana offers a sweet jam pie, accompanied by a traditional Tuscan confection: the cantucci of Prato, dry biscuits enriched with roasted almonds - a true delicacy, especially when accompanied by the traditional vin santo.
  • Porrata (leek pie)
  • Tuscan kale croutons
  • Pappardelle with stewed duck
  • Stewed duck with cannellini beans in oil
  • Homemade jam tart
  • Cantucci of Prato