Florentine Foodie


Octopus is a unique and delicious seafood delicacy that can be prepared in many different ways. While many people may be intimidated by the process of cooking octopus, pan frying it is actually a simple and tasty option that anyone can master with a little practice. In this blog post, we will walk you through […]

Winter Salad

This salad recipe is a perfect dish for those looking for a healthy and tasty meal. The combination of chicken with various vegetables, nuts, and seeds makes it a balanced and nutritious meal, while the mix of sweet and savory flavors creates a unique taste experience. The recipe is easy to follow and can be […]

Potato, mushrooms, and finocchiona flan, grilled cavolo nero, and stracchino sauce

Here’s the recipe for a delicious and hearty dish that combines the earthy flavors of mushrooms and potatoes with the creaminess of Stracchino cheese and the crunch of grilled Cavolo Nero. This Potato and Mushroom Flan with Stracchino Sauce and Grilled Cavolo Nero is perfect for a comforting weeknight dinner or a special occasion. Follow […]

Egg Tagliatelle with Tomato Sauce

Looking for an authentic Italian pasta dish? This Salsa di Pomodoro and Egg Tagliatelle recipe is the perfect combination of a simple yet delicious tomato sauce and homemade pasta. Ingredients: 1 kg (2 Ib) canned tomatoes 3 garlic cloves, minced 50 gr (1 + 1/2 oz) EVO Oil 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped Salt to […]

Beef tongue carpaccio, apples, savoy cabbage and green sauce

The ox tongue is a cut of beef that often gets looked over, being considered a lower quality type of meat. But with its high fat content, it has garnered popularity all over the world in many different types of cuisines. From Mexico to Japan people have found different ways to prepare it. What we’re […]

Chickpea and rosemary pure, roasted shrimps, reduced bisque and charred grilled kale

This dish is a kaleidoscope of flavors and textures, and surely will leave a lasting impression to any guest you’ll invite to dinner. In one plate you’ll be able to experience a variety of sensations from crunchy to creamy, from savory to umami in just the span of one bite.  Serves 4  Ingredients: For the […]

Whole wheat Fusilli With Tuna, Olives, Capers and Fennel

Looking for a quick dish to fix yourself a nice lunch? This latest recipe developed by Apicius’s students and faculty will save your weekday meals with a simple yet nutritious dish. Ingredients 200 g Fresh tomato sauce50 g Leccino olives 50 g Capers 20 g Fennel seeds 4 cloves of Chopped garlic 40 g Chopped […]

Meatballs with potato purée

Comfort foods are always a must in every season, so for the upcoming winter season we suggest you warm yourself with our faculty and student’s version of meatballs and mash potatoes.

Deep-fried eggplant, legume croquettes and carrot puree

Despite sounding like a summer dish these croquettes can be made in any season provided you have access to the ingredients. It is a versatile dish that can work both as an appetizer, side dish, or a little afternoon snack, the only limit is your imagination. The carrot pure makes for an excellent dipping sauce […]

Pumpkin and Amaretti Risotto

Fall is pumpkin season, the sweet orange colored vegetable pops up in many recipes all over Europe and North America, from the iconic American pumpkin pie, to the traditional German pumpkin soup. Italy has no shortage of pumpkin based dishes, given the over 500 varieties of pumpkin that can be found all over the country […]

Autumn Vegetable Salad

Who says salads are only for summer? Apicius International School of Hospitality’s Faculty and students have developed this unique take on the traditional summer salad, re-imagining it with ingredients that can be found during the fall season. They’ve created a unique dish that is as nutritious as it is flavorful, perfect if you’re trying to […]

A Guide to Buying Good Olive Oil in the Supermarket

By Malta Olhiser, Photos by the Author Olive oil plays a major part in Italian food culture and many locals take pride in this product. But not all olive oil is good olive oil. Especially in the region of Tuscany where there are many olive oil producers. So how do you tell the difference between […]

Gnocchi al Pesto

We bring you today a dish that unites two ingredients from the Italian tradition: Gnocchi and Pesto. Potato gnocchi can be found all over Italy and pesto is a sauce typically found in the region of Liguria. The two come together wonderfully, creating a dish that is simple and fresh, perfect for these last warm […]

Pantesca Salad

This light and fresh salad is quick to prepare and will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed.With all of these ingredients being easy to find in local supermarkets, this meal could be on your table within hours. Ingredients – For Garlic Parsley Water 10 garlic cloves 80g parsley leaves 20g mint leaves 750ml cold sparkling […]

Roasted Beef Carpaccio

By Bridget Bowers This roasted beef carpaccio is the perfect Italian blend of texture and rich flavours that is ideal if you’re looking for the ultimate summer Italian dish to impress your guests. With a combination of flash frying and pureeing, this dish allows for precision and excellence, upgrading your culinary skills and adapting the […]

Steamed Veal Fillet With Romaine Lettuce Dressing, Light Pecorino Fondue

By Charlotte Witts  Many people seem to have a fixed idea of what fondue is: a shared meal consisting of small chunks of bread and a pot full of melted cheese. However, fondue is extremely versatile and can be accompanied by many types of meat, including beef, chicken or ham. Though it can be argued […]

Simple Gazpacho Recipe

Have you ever heard about cold vegetable soup? Gazpacho is what you are looking for! Gazpacho is a spicy soup that is usually made from chopped raw vegetables (such as tomato, onion, pepper, and cucumber) and that is served cold. This traditional Spanish soup is full of vitamins, perfectly refreshing, and replenishes the missing minerals […]

Chicken salad, with seasonal vegetables, olives, capers, pine nuts.

Today’s recipe is a flexible dish that can be prepared anytime of the year, not necessarily just summer. By switching the vegetables with ones that are available during the season you can adapt this salad for spring, fall and even winter. You can also use it as a way to upcycle any leftover chicken you […]

Spaghetti with octopus ragù

Ragu is a surprisingly versatile sauce, it can be made with many different meats and ingredients, and, in some versions, it can be vegetarian if not vegan! One can eat it with pasta, as it is commonly done, but nothing is stopping you from putting some on a slice of bread and eating it as […]

Vivoli Gelateria Serves Winning Array of Flavors While Contributing to a Delightful Neighborhood Atmosphere

By Kirsten Wandrey Every visitor knows: when in Italy, you must try as many gelato varieties as possible. In Florence, this is especially good advice. The city has a long-running connection to gelato, as the alchemist Cosimo Ruggieri is frequently credited with inventing the earliest form of gelato in the court of Caterina dei Medici.


Panzanella is a typical tuscan salad with the main ingredient being bread. It’s not uncommon to see this dish during the spring and summer, being  both fresh and filling at same time. Our Apicius students have taken the basic recipe and put their own spin on it, making a complete meal for this spring season.  […]

Fagioli all’Uccelletto

This simple traditional tuscan recipe might remind some of the british baked beans, but with a more italian flavor. An excellent side dish to accompany meats, especially the traditional Tuscan cuts such as bistecca alla fiorentina or tuscan sausages, it is simple and quick to make and can also stand as a main course on […]

Green Pea Soup, poached egg, borage, and crispy pancetta

The late spring weather is allowing us to spend more time outside and especially enjoy wonderful brunches under the sun. If you’re planning a brunch on your own we have a great recipe for you. This green pea soup with a poached egg is both filling and refreshing; perfect for a sunny Sunday morning. Ingredients […]

Tuna tartare with bufala mozzarella, coconut sauce, lime and chili pepper

Tuna tartare usually consists of finely chopped raw tuna that can be prepared and served in a variety of ways. Initially, tartare was created as a French dish and was often prepared with beef. But since its conception, it has evolved time and time again to include certain meat or fish you desire. Tartare is […]