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The Splendour of Tuscany (Part 4) – Farmhouse in Montepulciano

“Life offers you a thousand chances … all you have to do is take one.“ ~ Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun ~~~~~o~~~~~ After that fabulous pappardelle fatte in casa al cinhiale, we head southeast towards our intended stay … Continue reading

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The Splendour of Tuscany (Part 3) – Montepulciano

“Although he’s slight, he has that wiry strength that seems to come more from will than muscle.” Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun ~~~~~~O~~~~~~ We have been looking forward to our journey into the heart of Tuscany’s countryside since the bistecca … Continue reading

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The Splendour of Tuscany (Part 2) – Bistecca alla Fiorentina

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” ~ Julia Child, legendary American chef and cookbook author ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ It’s a little wet and windy today but the weather is no damper as … Continue reading

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The Splendour of Tuscany (Part 1), Il Mercato Centrale

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy”   ~ Giuseppe Verdi, Italian opera composer ~~~~~O~~~~~ A good siesta after our long lunch at the world’s best restaurant for 2016, Mysaucepan and I find renewed energy and excitement as … Continue reading

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Ristorante La Greppia, Parma, ITALY

“So what’s the highlight dish in Modena so far?” I ask Mysaucepan, after our third day feasting in this city? “Definitely my parmesan entree at Osteria Francescana” she says without hesitation. “Well, we tried some excellent aged balsamic and also toured … Continue reading

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Osteria Francescana, Modena, ITALY

Mysaucepan‘s mobile rings as we are driving from Venice to Bologna. “You mean there’s a table for two?” she shrieks with excitement, momentarily stirring my concentration as the speedo inches at 130 km per hour. Due to a cancellation, we … Continue reading

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Osteria Dell’Orsa, Bologna, Italy

After four glorious days in Venice, we took an early morning drive towards Modena, famous for its Ferrari factory and balsamic vinegar let alone the city where the 2016 best restaurant in the world resides. On the way, we made a point to have … Continue reading

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Pilu at Freshwater, Freshwater

Strozzapretti is appropriately “priest choker” or “priest strangler” in Italian because of its rope-like appearance. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Not long ago, Sydney’s Italian food scene was dominated by restaurants serving popular pastas and pizzas that were great but not differentiated by regional flavours. Now … Continue reading

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Food Safari, King Street Wharf, Sydney

It has called the eastern foreshore of Darling Harbour home for more than a decade now. But fast taking shape just north is the much larger Barangaroo retail and commercial precinct with an earmarked 50 new restaurants when it eventually opens in 2018. So, … Continue reading

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LuMi Bar & Dining, Pyrmont

“If the Indians can eat masala and spicy curries with yoghurt, why can’t Italians eat this lamb rib with remnants of soybean?” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Hugos Bar Pizza, Kings Cross

Like the diners around us, these prawns are pretty though missing charred flavours of the grill. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ After so many years, images of that pork belly pizza at Hugos Bar Pizza one late Saturday evening with the Monk are still deliciously etched in my … Continue reading

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Cipri Italian, Paddington

I feel ambivalent with each bite of this suckling pig…. there’s melting fat and crisp skin that are so decadently beautiful. But there’s also chewy skin and strands of lean meat that felt dry like the Sahara. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related … Continue reading

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LuMi Bar & Dining, Pyrmont

“Orange and black are remarkable colour combinations on a modern art palette. At LuMi, orange, sea urchin, golden shavings of bottarga and squid ink chitarra combine for a remarkable sensation on your palate.” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Criniti’s, Woolloomooloo

“You are on the Amalfi coast when sailboats are gently rocking in the water and Al Pacino is having lunch with you” ~~~~~O~~~~~

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Berta, Sydney

Soft, earthy lentils are soaking up rich roasting juices like little spongelettes. We rate this slow-roasted goat as one of the stand-out winter dishes this season. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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La Scala on Jersey, Woollahra

“I’ll meet you at the top of the stairs …..” is the catch phrase on its website.

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ChopinandMysaucepan – Our Third Blogiversary

“Life is not about the length of our time but moments in time that give us peace and joy. By capturing these moments on this blog, I hope it will also help you to relive your moments in time that … Continue reading

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La Botte D’oro, Leichhardt

How many pizzas and pastas would an Italian restaurant have dished out if it has been around for more than thirty five years?

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Balla The Star, Sydney

Since re-branding itself as The Star from its tacky past of being The Star City, Sydney’s casino has been upping the ante on its stable of restaurants.

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Via Napoli Pizzeria, Lane Cove

“This pizza is so soggy and wet, I can hardly pick it up!” we hear someone say at the next table. Welcome to the tradition of the Neapolitan style pizza that has made Via Napoli Pizzeria in North Shore’s Lane Cove … Continue reading

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Lorenzo’s, Crows Nest

UPDATE April 2015: This restaurant has permanently closed for business. Almost one hundred years ago in 1915, Antonino Meli decided to pack his clothes into a suitcase and began his arduous journey from Italy to Australia by boat. Arriving in Sydney … Continue reading

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A Tavola, Bondi

A Tavola (meaning “to the table”) is inspired by the childhood memories of Head Chef and Owner Eugenio Maiale whilst playing in his Adelaide home backyard as he waited for the dinner bell to chime “a tavola”.

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Rosso Pomodoro, Balmain

“I am not afraid to admit I am a huge fan of the ham and pineapple pizza. And I can assure you there isn’t a guy from wikipedia lurking in this pizzeria.” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Popolo, Rushcutters Bay

“There is a seductive Italian in town” M tells me. “Well, I know you’re absolutely in love with Monica Bellucci but there’s only two things about Italy that generally excite me and that’s food and opera, although I like to … Continue reading

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La Disfida Enoteca Pizza, Haberfield

“But I love a hearty slice of pizza when I’m hungry” I lament. “Well, why don’t you try asking your friends what they want for dinner instead of thinking about yourself all the time?” Mysaucepan says.

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