Understanding Slow Food in Italy

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I’ve been trying to understand why everything tastes better
here. Some of it I know is because I am away from home for a brief stay, and I am taking the time to savor every new flavor.

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There is the physical presentation of food to consider. Unlike going to Starbucks or Panera where everything is the same and frequently packaged “to go.” Here even a coffee and soda are a work of art. Tranformed to “capucinno” and “bibita gassata.”

One the first places we sampled sweets in Santa Lucia was Bar Moncelli Pasticceria. Pastries are beautifully displayed and possess a melt in your mouth sweet freshness, requiring you to moan while eating.

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On her way home from church my sister found this amazing place nearby for dinner.

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“La Ribalta”

Where the chef prepared a tasty array of fresh local Tuscan treats while we sipped the house wine in a contemporary artistic setting.

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Our antipasto was an assortment of ham, prosciutto, cheeses, tomato and other spices sandwiched in a tender pastry pie-like crusts.

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Pizza assortment entre

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La dolce, our desserts, a fruit filled torte and chocolate cheese cake with currants were a wonderful way to complete our taste of Tuscany.

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Then sometimes a panino and acqua are just enough when you can eat them in a quiet park on a sunny day. And it doesn’t hurt to be surrounded by olive grove and vineyard lined mountains.
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About Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.
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4 Responses to Understanding Slow Food in Italy

  1. Joe K says:

    Great stuff Barb!

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