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Tuscany, Carpaccio, Chianti…and Tuscan Events

By Marialiberati

By: Maria Liberati

copyright 2015, Art of Living, PrimaMedia,Inc- photos and text

Editor: Lisa Zatulovsky


It is no wonder that the beautiful scenery of Tuscany’s lush greenery and regal mountains inspired Italy’s rebirth. From the Renaissance birthplace of Florence, to the rolling meadows of Siena, the region of Tuscany is a bustling center of architecture, arts, and cuisine. Producing some of the finest foods and wines of Italy, while housing some of the world’s most incredible artists and sculptures like Michelangelo’s David, Tuscany is arguably one of Europe’s most thriving regions.


Art tours, cooking classes, and wine tours are only a few of the incredible experiences offered in Tuscany, allowing you to get a feel for the flourishing region. Wine Tours in Tuscany provide a magical setting among grandiose Medieval Castles and aromatic vineyards. Tuscany offers exciting tours including an opportunity to see where and how their famous red wine Chianti is produced. Between Florence and Siena the picturesque vineyards, wine cellars, and ancient castles weave fascinating history with delicious wine, unique to the region ranging from lunch wine tasting tours with an opportunity to go horseback riding, to romantic evening wine dinners with savory antipasti like regional cheeses and prosciutto.


For a Tuscany inspired antipasto, pair Tuscany’s rich Chianti with Carpaccio, an elegant dish of thinly sliced meats. Chianti and Carpaccio is a wonderfully flavorful appetizer that romances the palette. Chianti is a fuller bodied red wine characterized by a velvety burgundy color. The skins of the grapes remain when undergoing fermentation, producing a bitter strong taste with cherry and floral notes. Chianti red wine pairs well with a red meat antipasto. Essentially a meat and cheese platter, Carpaccio has countless variations. Named after Renaissance painter, Vittore Carpaccio, the antipasto is reminiscent of his red-hued paintings. Enhanced by a rich Chianti, the meat platter is made with paper thin slices of meat like beef tenderloin or prosciutto, drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice and garnished with parmigiano reggiano shavings and capers. Experience the delight of a Tuscany wine tasting in your own home with Chianti and Carpaccio, perfect for an outdoor meal with a dreamy warm summer breeze.


Thanks to Montepulciano and the Consorzo Nobile for the scenery and allowing us to capture these images!

Hope you can join me in Warren Township, NJ area  on Saturday  April 25th at two Tuscany themed events, celebrating my book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:DaVinci Style

Saturday, April 25th, 11 AM to 12:30 PM, Patricia and Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics,

20 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090, sampling and book signing, 

Patricia and Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics

Saturday, April 25th, 2 PM to 3:30 PM, Warren Township Library, 

42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, NJ 07059

Da Vinci and the History of Italian Cuisine program, book signing and sampling

Registration is required to attend this event.  You may sign up online at

For more info or for registration assistance call 908-754-5554 ext, 64

Warren Township Library

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