Category: Eating Out

Eating out experiences from around the world.

Locanda del sole

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Luciano Zazzeri is renown for his 1 star Michelin restaurant La Pineta by the Etruscan coast in Tuscany.
But he has another little gem in collaboration with the Ginori Lisci family in Querceto, Tuscany that is just as worth a visit as his other restaurant.

The location is magical. When you enter the village, followed by an even more magical drive, you find yourself in front of a Castle. Almost medieval. Depending on the weather the scenario changes drastically and the experience is memorable.
Make sure to book your table before hand as the inside only has 4 tables and when temperatures are warmer they do have a few more on the varanda.
Service is close to impecable, wine canteen gives you a selection of a privately produced ones from the family and menu makes no exception to the region so wild and gamey flavors from the hunting area are in store.
Plating is done with care to complement the service and experience. Which sometimes can seem a tad formal but the light and friendliness of staff brings back to a relaxed time.
With quality!

Menu follows the season.

 

Winner of the table was the risotto with a perfect blend of taste from the wild pigeon and its butter creaminess.

Sweet tooth people be ready for a simply yet brilliant selection of deserts. Difficult to choose just one.

Locanda del Sole
Via Francesca 9, 56040 Querceto (PI)
Tel: +39 0588 37407 – +39 339 6475432

Sorbillo

Pizza at Sorbillo Napoli

When you visit Italy there are some clichés to be done that are a must like going to Rome and seeing the Colliseum, going to Pisa and taking a picture “holding” the leaning tower and going to Naples to eat pizza.
Simple as that.

Sorbillo's Napoli pizza

credits Sorbillo Facebook

You have infinite choices of places to do so but my suggestion is to go right in the core of the city, Centro Storico, where you will find Sorbillo. This is THE place where to eat THE most traditional e faithful napolian/Italian pizza in town.

Sorbillo Napoli

credits Sorbillo Facebook

I did so myself!

Gino Sorbillo is the man behind the empire he created with his own hands. First he will tell you about his unconditional love for Naples, his hometown, what the region has to offer with all the quality of raw material, homeland of mozzarelas, burratas and pomodorinis. But most of all what he has done to the neighborhood where he chose to open his pizzeria. Yes, Centro Storico, in Via del Tribunale, where Camorra is renown for playing their rules. This is a delicate issue of course but Sorbillo has placed his cards too. Some say he managed to fight the mafia but I guess this is not the point here.

Gino Sorbillo at work

credits Sorbillo Facebook

He loves what he does, does is really well and what he really fights for is to achieve higher and higher. With 3 pizzerias in Naples, 2 of Zia Esterina (the historical fried pizza take away) locations, Milan and very soon the Big Apple.

pizza fritta zia esterina

credits Sorbillo Facebook

When in Naples make sure to save one evening just for it. The waiting time is long but surely worth it!

Follow Sorbillo on Instagram, Facebook ,Twitter and visit his website too.

+39 081 446643

Ample Hills Creamery

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I love ice creams no matter the season!
Summer in NYC that year was just a bless and I couldn’t miss the chance of exploring good ice cream shops around. This one I must say went on top of my list!

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It was 2014 and they had just opened their second store in Brooklyn. Fast forward two summers on and they are now all over town. I went for their original store.

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They are Brian & Jackie

Located on Vanderbilt Ave, a very neighborhoodly area of Prospect Heights, with the local restaurants and coffee houses around. Ample Hills Creamery is discretely located on the corner.
Going in, the first impression you have is to be stepping out of town. One of its main intention, coming from the young new york couple who developed the idea.
A bit country a bit trendy. With some well placed kitsch details that makes it even more authentic. Yet very simple. Like their cutie logo – a cow representing the goal behind the idea: “…there were cows in Brooklyn. And the cows grazed on Brooklyn’s lush ample hills.”
I remember it was a Sunday afternoon, a rather hot one I must add, and yes the shop was packed. With some peak moments that it got even more packed if any possible. Staff is extra cool and efficient in serving the long line with “alotof” samplings and smiles. Be prepared when visiting Ample Hills on a weekend that a bit of wait is expected. Period. But no doubt, totally worth it!
My choice of flavors time were Salted Crack Caramel and Peppermint Pattie. I’m not a huge fan of very creamy ice creams but their flavors are rich and intense that to some palate that can get a tad nauseous depending on your choice. Attention though! I don’t mean that because of the ice cream quality, of course! But of their serving quantity!! You would have already done some sampling for sure and more what you order so choose properly! Their portions are huge! They are all very exquiste and particular which makes me want to go back to try each single one!

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If you live in the USA, you guys are lucky as Ample Hills Creamery now ships nationwide!
From a menu with 16 fixed ones with some seasonal ones and the odd surprise that is announced on their Facebook page. So make sure to follow their page and their Instragram.
When in NYC look up on their website for other locations and how to order their book.

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Photo Credits: ample hills website & facebook

Prospect Heights

623 Vanderbilt Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11238 Tel: 347 240 3926 : Sun – Thru noon – 11:00pm / Fri – Sat noon – midnight

amplehills.com

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