April Four years ago this month Pitcher & Flaccomio
sent out our first newsletter which began: with this
newsletter we want to provide past and future clients with
access to an up-to-the-minute selection of the most interesting
happenings in the Florence area each month. We hope that it
will inspire you all to come back to Tuscany and Florence
in particular. We will focus on local traditions and events,
special shows and exhibitions. Being Florence-based real estate
agents we will also include new properties on the market,
special offers on villa and apartment rentals, and just to
wet your memory buds
. we will add a quick, easy recipe
and restaurant mentions.
In 2008, we hope to have succeeded in our quest. Thanks as
always to the many friends who continue to send in restaurant
and dining suggestions, and to Simon Clark and Anne Brooks
for their consistently Pulitzer-worthy insight into the world
of Florentine calcio. Plus many thanks to Florences
informative APT. We welcome comments and suggestions of all
kinds. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the office SUZANNE, CORSO, SANDRA, LORI, ERNESTINA and
KIMBERLY wish you a warm, sunny April.
CHECK YOUR CHECKS
Take note: on April 30 new laws regarding check writing will
go into effect. See you own bank for details. In general:
1) all checks will now come printed with the words Non Trasferibile
(non transferable). If you prefer otherwise, checks without
the words Non Trasferibile printed on them will cost 1.50
2) checks made out for Euro 5,000 or over must now always
be non transferable,
3) when signing over checks, it is necessary to include the
codice fiscal of the signer.
4) mio proprio checks for under 5,000 euro can
only be cashed by the writer in a bank or Post Office.
READERS REVIEW RESTAURANTS
We invite your comments for our Readers Review Restaurants
section. Use this forum to spread the word about restaurants
that merit recognition for their great food and good service.
The contents will reflect our readers points of view (though
we reserve the right to agree or disagree). Send your input
I thought this might be interesting for the newsletter. Have
a nice w/end. I miss you! Ernestina
LA MUCCA SUL TETTO
This restaurant of the curious name has a history partly connected
with Osteria dei Benci (same owners) and the Cohen brothers
film. It is well furnished on the grey/purple tones, playing
with red/white and black. Its welcoming ambience makes you
at ease. Good for romantic dinners or with friends.
The menu is very interesting, apart from the usual tasty recipes,
you can find unusual dishes such as bistecca fritta
which is the classic Florentine steak very tender inside and
crisp on the outside. Or a rollè di pollo
made with marinated apple, pancetta and bay leaf.
It is located in Via Ghibellina right in front of the Teatro
Verdi and it is ideal for an after theatre dinner, the kitchen
is open until late. "La Mucca sul Tetto", Via Ghibellina
134R. Firenze. Tel. 055.2344810
ACQUAMATTA (lovingly submitted by Andrea Alimentis mom)
Ten kilometres north of Arezzo on the road to Bibbiena, lies
the old world village of Capolona. Here you will find the
restaurant Acquamatta. The restaurant is run by Andrea Alimenti,
Paolo Pasquini and Leonardo Motolese, friends for many years.
When they found this romantic setting they decided that it
would be the right location for their venture.
On entering, the atmosphere is warm and relaxing. You will
be welcomed by Paolo, who remains available throughout the
meal to give guidance with the choice food or wines. The dining
room looks out over the roof tops to the hills while, in the
foreground, the turbulent waters of the river Arno flow under
an old Roman bridge. Chef Alimenti is well known for dishes
prepared using highest quality products and following the
finest traditions. They specialise in classic cuisine with
an innovative presentation. To make best use of fresh seasonal
produce the menu changes four times a year. A recent menu
included: Warm gorgonzola cheese and walnut quiche served
with fennel salad and fan of duck breast. and Cube
of fresh yellow fin tuna with black Sechouan pepper crust
served with a pyramid of orange flavoured cauliflower.
A selection of desserts, coffee and liqueurs round off a dining
experience well worth the journey.
Ristorante Acquamatta, Piazza della Vittoria,13, 52010 Capolona
(Arezzo) Tel. 0575.420999. www.acquamatta.com (Michelin-starred
since 2000, named in Jeune Restaurateurs dEurope, awarded
Best Italian Cellar of the Year 2006.)
THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN Our Readers Right
Our Thumbs up, Thumbs down column is your chance
to write us and share your own ideas and information, or to
toot the horn of businesses, events and those Florentine situations
that strike you as either wonderful or terrible. Please note:
all opinions are strictly those of our readers. Lend us your
I wanted to send a mention for your newsletter, specifically
the café CAFFETTAIO MATTO on Via Masaccio 18/20 red
in Florence (near the intersection with Via degli Artisti).
The owner Lorenzo makes stupendous, creamy, foamy regular
and decaffeinated espresso and cappuccino. It is worth the
trouble to go all the way over to Via Masaccio to have Lorenzo
make a cappuccino for you. The others that work there are
good, but not as good as he.
Following is the solution to the Comcast problems I encountered
upon arrival in Italy. I hope this can be useful for others
travelling to Florence.
The problem is that while at home Comcast users never need
to give a name and password to send E-mailonly receive.
But outside of the Comcast network they must also provide
their name and password before sending. (That prevents non-Comcast
customers from using their servers to send spam.)
The solution is this:
1.Go to Tools --> Accounts...
2.Double-click the Comcast account to edit it.
3.Click on the button below the SMTP server field called Click
here for advanced sending options.
4.Select the option to Override default SMTP port and set
the field to 587.
5.Select the option SMTP server requires authentication and
Use same settings as receiving mail server.