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Italy With My Son 2012 – Farewell to Il Chiasso and Elba

Sunday evening, our last evening on Elba on this trip, we enjoyed another wonderful dinner at Il Chiasso, but this time the mood was bittersweet. We had had a wonderful visit and were sad to be moving on.
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Sunday Photo – Favas

Its fava season in my neck of the woods and they are available at our local farmers markets. These tender beauties, though. were eaten in April on the Italian island of Elba.
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Italy With My Son 2012 – Sun Day on Elba

The sunshine all day was not expected as the forecast coming into the weekend was for rain throughout. It was nice to experience at least one day of sunshine and bright blue skies on this beautiful island.
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Making Il Chiasso’s Riso Nero

This was a tasty dish using sepia to make an incredible risotto. Here’s Il Chiasso’s recipe and technique.

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Il Chiasso’s Stuffed Sardines

Living in upstate NY, when I get good quality fresh sardines, it is such a rare event, I tend to just cook them simply on the grill. On the island of Elba, off the Tuscan coast of Italy, fresh sardines [...]

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Making Pasta With Dido at Il Chiasso

Dido, the chef at Il Chiasso, Luciano Casini’s thoroughly charming restaurant in Capoliveri in the island of Elba off of Italy’s Tuscan coast, was kind enough to give my son and I a few cooking lessons, a number of which [...]

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Italy With My Son 2012 – Saturday Night at Il Chiasso

At 5PM, my son and I returned to the restaurant, where Dido gave my son and I some cooking lessons.First he made two kinds of bread – a regular loaf and a flatbread. He used 00 flour and whole wheat [...]

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Italy With My Son 2012 – Porto Azzurro, Rio Marina and the Wonderful Ristorante Grigolo

The plan was to go to the market in Porto Azzurro to pick out our dinner for the evening. We traveled in style. Luciano owns a 1952 Fiat station wagon in mint condition. He drove us in it to the [...]

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Sunday Photo – A Man and His Automobile

Luciano Casini is one of a kind. He is charming, he is a bon vivant and he is a man of many pursuits. He could have been the person who inspired the famous Dos Equis commercial series on “the most interesting [...]

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Italy With My Son 2012 – Spaghetti With Sea Urchin

Fresh sea urchin is one of life’s great treats. I love its creamy coolness and coffee-like flavor. At Il Chiasso, the chef, Dido made delicious spaghetti with sea urchin. Following are photos of what he did.

The local sea urchin and [...]

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