Pici, the classic long noodle of Tuscan cuisine, sometimes called pinci in Montalcino.
Montalcino

Pici, the classic long noodle of Tuscan cuisine, sometimes called pinci in Montalcino.

They are served across southern Tuscany: pici (PEE-chee), hand-rolled long noodles made using just flour and water, a classic example of Tuscany’s rustic foodways. In Montalcino, where they are often made with roughly milled flour, they can be called pinci (PEEN-chee). There are myriad theories as to the origin of the name. But it’s probable … Continue reading

“Highly Recommended”: Taverna dei Barbi gets thumbs up from magazine Firenze Spettacolo
Montalcino

“Highly Recommended”: Taverna dei Barbi gets thumbs up from magazine Firenze Spettacolo

“We highly recommend it,” write the editors of Firenze Spettacolo (Florence Entertainment magazine) this week in the first review of the Taverna dei Barbi to appear since chef Maurizio Iannicello took over in the kitchen this year. Here are some of the dishes according to the editors, who give the restaurant high marks: “Black crostini” … Continue reading

“Gorgeous… I really love this wine.” Checking in with 2012 classic Brunello.
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

“Gorgeous… I really love this wine.” Checking in with 2012 classic Brunello.

Here’s what expert Italian taster and wine merchant Greg St. Clair had to say about the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino by Fattoria dei Barbi: This wine is gorgeous, Fattoria dei Barbi is one of Montalcino’s classic wines, and for me it defines the “classic” style in Montalcino. The nose is full of a tight wild … Continue reading

Maremma Toscana DOC, a new appellation and a new wine from Fattoria dei Barbi
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Maremma Toscana DOC, a new appellation and a new wine from Fattoria dei Barbi

Later this year, a new wine from Fattoria dei Barbi will be landing in the U.S.: The estate’s Maremma Toscana Rosso DOC (above), made from 50 percent Sangiovese together with Merlot (30%), Syrah (15%), and Alicante (5%) grown at the estate’s farm in southern Tuscany. Many Italian wine lovers know Bolgheri and the wines grown … Continue reading