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Rent, Sell and Manage Properties in Florence and Tuscany
NEWSLETTER August 2008
WELCOME

  August – Hot and bothered. That’s what we are. Since the heat is on .... look beyond central Florence for music and dance events. Aside from several historic August concerts, most of the fun moves to the cool hills this month.

The Assumption of the Madonna is celebrated on August. 15th, an important midsummer religious holiday, creating a week that inland Italy nearly comes to a complete stop (action at the seaside continues full force). The streets in Florence may not be as empty as usual this year, as economic tribulations keep folks from travelling very far. Do though, expect that almost EVERYTHING will be closed on the 15th.

SUZANNE, CORSO, SANDRA, LORI and KIMBERLY wish our friends a swinging summer whether you are enjoying it close to home or beyond.

PITCHER & FLACCOMIO REPORT

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 reader’s points of view (though we reserve the right to agree or disagree). Send your input to newsletter@pitcherflaccomio.com.

AMALFI DINING: On a recent visit to the Amalfi Coast, Suzanne made a great find: Ristorante La Situla in Pompei. Suzanne reports “Fabulous! You would never in a thousand years stop in this seemingly touristy place, but the food was spectacular.” Handmade pasta for 10 euros, gnocchi stuffed with seafood, lots of other great seafood choices… In two, Suzanne spent 43.00 euro for a light lunch. La Situla. Via Mazzini 63, Pompei (NA). Tel. 081 8568047. Closed Monday.

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 (usually) strictly those of our readers. Lend us your thoughts!

AMALFI STRIKES AGAIN: Suzanne made another great Amalfi accommodation find: Al Borgo is a small B & B in Ravello (about 400 steps down, good exercise, says Suzanne). The owner Roberto, converted this house into 5 bedrooms and bathrooms. For 90 euros he gave a double room (single use) and breakfast, which was set out in the garden with a divine view over the coastline. “We thought we had died and gone to heaven”. Al Borgo. Via Traglio 24, 84010 Ravello (SA), Amalfi Coast. Tel. 089 858164. www.alborgotorello.com, info@alborgotorello.com.


RECIPE OF THE MONTH
SFORMATO DI ZUCCHINI O MELANZANE - Serves 10
Make use of summer garden bounty with this recipe.
Vegetable mixture:
1 onion, finely chopped
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. butter
1/2 cup white wine
2 large eggplants or 4 medium zucchini, cut into small cubes
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/2 cup tomato sauce, plus a few tablespoons extra for garnishing sformato before serving
1/4 tsp. salt
Gently cook onion in olive oil and butter until translucent, approx. 5 minutes. Add white wine and cook until the wine is mostly evaporated. Add diced vegetable, grated lemon zest, tomato sauce and salt. Cook, stirring frequently until the vegetable is cooked, about 10/15 minutes. Set aside to cool while you make the white sauce.
White sauce:
3 Tbs. butter
4 Tbs. flour
1 ½ cups hot milk
1/4 tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, without browning. Remove from heat and whisk in hot milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Return to heat and bring to boil, whisking constantly, until thick and bubbly.
Combine the vegetable mixture and white sauce, with 5 eggs and half cup grated parmigiano.
Grease and coat with approx. ½ cup bread crumbs, a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish. Pour mixture into baking dish. Bake in 325° oven until knife inserted in center comes out clean, approx. 45 minutes. Serve with extra tomato sauce and parmigiano.

All our best,

The Staff of Pitcher and Flaccomio

Newsletter compiled by Kim Wicks

Pitcher & Flaccomio Newsletter Copyright 2008

Direttore responsabile Mario Spezi -  Pubblicazione con iscrizione n. 5697 del 23\01\09 presso il Tribunale di Firenze

 
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