My tuscan kitchen box!

sopra August 13, 2022

Ciao from the really warm Florence! 

We want to share as promised a couple of days after the shipping, what we have hand-pick for you.

The name of this box is MY TUSCAN KITCHEN! 

Food is love. 
Food gathers friends and family. 
Food is comfort. 
Food pampers yourself. 
Food makes us travel in the past or the future. 
Food makes us understand and know a culture.

And if it is made in a Tuscan kitchen is even better!

We hand-pick different artisanal items for your kitchen and here you will find precious information about each one as well as the craftsmen.  

Cookbook for your family recipes. 
Alberto Cozzi Rilegatore Firenze

The founder Alberto bound books, Sons and grandchildren have continued this ancient art, passing on the passion from generation to generation and expanding the Today, they also create incredible pieces with a rare process of marbled paper.
The work itself is time-consuming and meticulous. But the results are truly satisfying, They have many loyal clients because they see the passion in their work, and that is reflected in the finished product. 
We pick for you: A cookbook that is decorated with the technique. 

The cookbook is made with precious paper inside, with different sections. So you can write all your family recipes. 
The printing of the bees for the decoration is made A PIETRA (at stone), which means that each color has been printed by itself. 
For example, They first color gold, then red or black! 
It is a meticulous and artisanal work that requires time and patience. The colors are natural colors and the gold? GOLD LEAF! 


Soap with aroma of sage and strawberry tree. 

After the second world war, young Dante had an accident with his bicycle and his knees were dirty with grease and soda.

He cleaned his wounds and he tried every day all day long to create a piece of soap that after trying several times he was able to have a piece of white soap. 
The demand for soap increased after he made his friends' families try it, soon he was already with a solid company.
 The motto of the company is:
 "We will always work not to be the greatest but to be the best"
All the production of Nesti Dante Natural Soaps is made with full respect for the environment.

Completely natural, 100% biodegradable, and MADE IN ITALY.
We pick for you: A soap with the aroma of sage and strawberry tree for a light Mediterranean scent in this summer edition. 


A set of small spoons 
L’arte dell Olivo 
Handcrafted with professionalism and passion unique and particular objects in olive wood, production of excellent quality, and attention to detail. 

Thanks to a good wealth of experience and artisan professionalism behind it, the company "L'arte dell 'Olivo" combines the use of traditional woodworking equipment and modern and versatile machinery capable of realizing any idea and project.
The choice of material, seasoning, processing, finishing, and assembly phases made these pieces unique. 
They work with passion and they believe that the secret of their success lies precisely in being able to pass to their customers the love for the handcrafted objects.
We pick for you: A small set of tools in olive wood for your sharing occasion with friends and family. 

It is perfect to set a tray of cheeses and cold cuts or a breakfast table with jam and cereals, why not? 

The hand-made set consists of a small spoon for compotes, a size soup spoon convenient for collecting seeds or olives, and a honey collector made from a single piece of wood.

It will bring a touch of Tuscany to your table. 

To take care of this set use olive oil to hydrate it!




Italy is also pasta, right?


The Chelucci family has been traditionally producing pasta since 1912; the company was founded by his grandfather Edoardo. i
The origins date back to the early twentieth century, in 1912 the company found its historic site, located near the water source in the village of Piteccio, on the Pistoia hills, where it is still today. 

The structure originally housed a small paper mill, later transformed into a wool mill and, finally, in a pasta factory, at the hands of a certain Gualtierotti. In 1912 the Chelucci brothers, Edoardo and Terzo, took over the business and expanded it. 

After the Second World War, which forced the Chelucci family to stop production and leave Piteccio displaced in Florence, the Chelucci family returned to the company, reactivated production, and were one of the first companies in the Pistoia area to resume operations. 

Bronze drawn pasta

The pasta of the Chelucci pasta factory is kneaded exclusively as it once was and drawn with bronze dies, which give the product the right roughness while maintaining the organoleptic characteristics and the natural taste of homemade pasta.

We pick for you: Fusilli, a type of curled pasta.

Were made in the kitchens of the wealthiest families.

When you wanted to taste perfect fusilli, women who specialized in this art were called and their quick manual skills were admired. 
Inside the box, you will find 2 different recipes (Elena's choice, as you know I don't like to cook, I love to eat)


Giuliano Ricchi / Carlo Cecchi

the craftsman who engraves metal according to ancient tradition, 
Giuliano owns various machinery that can be dated to the early 1900s, Giuliano works and engraves metal, giving birth to magnificent decorations and pieces of costume handcrafted jewelry.

When did this passion begin? Giuliano entered the world of goldsmithing in the 1960s, he entered Carlo Cecchi's studio and decided to learn that amazing handcrafts as an apprentice. 

At a certain point, he inherited the business, which he still carries with the support and dedication of his lovely wife Maria.

He works with the technique of "lost wax" bronze casting, have you seen the Medusa in Piazza Della Signoria by Benvenuto Cellini? Was made with that technique.

Giuliano creates wax models, which he later transforms into molds, where the molten metal is poured, creating wonderful objects. 
They will then be immersed in a gold or silver bath and finished patiently by hand.
Highest quality and world-famous

We pick for you: 2 corks for your bottles of wine! the corks are made with an ancient technique known as lost-wax casting, the casts are made of the wax model which means one model of wax one cast! there are 12 different steps (hand-made) to make a cork! 


Miele della Lunigiana D.O.P

Lunigiana honey is the first Italian honey to obtain the Protected Designation of Origin - PDO from the European Union, the highest recognition of the typicality of a product.

The production area includes the 14 Municipalities of Lunigiana, whose typically mountain landscape presents very varied vegetation with a particular diffusion of woods, acacia, and chestnut, very valuable plant essences from the beekeeping point of view.

This fact, combined with a tradition that dates back with certainty to the end of the 1400s and the low degree of industrialization, determines, in Lunigiana, an environment suitable for carrying out quality beekeeping with the production of acacia and chestnut honey with characteristics of excellent chemical-physical and organoleptic properties. 

45 producers have joined the DOP certification for a total of over 4300 hives.

We picked for you: a little special jar of acacia or Chesnut honey from Tuscany to season your cheeses. It is an homage to bees, this animal so vital for the balance of the environment but also at risk. 

Did you know that bees are related to Ferdinando I of the Medici family? 
In the center of Piazza SS. Annunziata is the equestrian monument of Grand Duke Ferdinando I de 'Medici, to which that has a curious anecdote of the bees carved on a cartouche of the base is linked.

The statue was made by Giambologna, the interest of this monument lies in its base, where you can see a swarm of bees with the queen and the workers in the center arranged all around in concentric circles: at the top, you can read the words "Maiestate tantum", which means "only for His Majesty". 

This image became Ferdinand's heraldic symbol, in which he was the queen bee and the workers his subjects.

But how many are Ferdinand's bees? It is not easy to answer and in fact, their position makes it difficult to count them one by one without keeping the sign with their fingers. 
Hence the legend that whoever succeeds will be kissed by Fortune.
In the past, this game was used by parents to stop children from having tantrums, promising them that they would get what they wanted only if they could guess the number of bees. Well, to tell the truth, you can still try it today with your children ... the important thing is not to touch the bees with your hands, otherwise, you are not playing fair! 

By the way, there should be 91 bees in all ..!

Dishtowel/tea towel Canovaccio! 

Thanks to the loom, sheets, fabrics, and garments are produced. The basic operating principle is the same for all looms: the creation of fabric takes place by intertwining perpendicular threads that take the name of warp and welf. 

We have choose for you: this linen and cotton mixed cloth, loom woven in different colors and patterns dedicated to Italian and Tuscan cuisine. Start your collection with this one. This Canovaccio is useful in the kitchen and makes a beautiful gift. 

We hope you enjoy every handcrafted object as we enjoyed handpicking them for you. 

Dina and Elena




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