Taste and creativity: where to eat in Pavia

Author: Lisa Egman

Eating out is not just a matter of feeding oneself, at least not in Italy. It’s also enjoying time and company, discovering typical tastes, new creative dishes and, last but not least, having fun while eating good food. It should be a complete satisfactory experience: from the moment you take a seat until the last sip of coffee.

While in Pavia we had the chance to enjoy lots of good food but especially two nice experience we would like to share with you!

 

TIGELLA BELLA

 

The restaurant main dish is tigella, a sort of round flat bread, together with gnocco fritto, made with fried puff pastry. Both type of food is freshly made,cooked right in the moment you order them. A basket full of tigella with two gnocco fritto comes together with a side of your choice: cheese with honey and spicy sauces or cold cuts. The best part anyway is yet to come: with one single order you get a sort of “all you can eat” of tigella. Baskets and baskets are coming until you are full and you need to stop.

In addition to that, here we come to the creative idea of the restaurant: sauces. In fact, even before ordering, the waiter will bring you a board with twelve different toppings among sweet, salty and spicy ones. There is something for all tastes. You just need to try the different combinations and find your favourite!

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BATATA

At Batata restaurant a simple, ordinary potato can become a fancy gourmet lunch. How? With the help of a mix of studied ingredient as stuffing. In the menu you can find one combination for each region, plus the classic, everlasting tastes. All this in one huge potato, that will soothe your hunger for long. And if you prefer to stay light, you can always choose the smaller novelline, that are perfect also for who faces difficulties in choosing just one flavour and would like to taste everything.

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Photo: Lisa Egman, all rights reserved

The creative Batata is original and brilliant even in the dessert: you will pour your own coffee in the delicious tiramisu and custard in the donut. Build your dessert and have fun!

Learn how to make the best Pastel de Nata with João

Author: Lisa Egman

Lockdown is becoming boring for many of us, and the fact we won’t be able to travel and make adventures for a while is affecting us negatively. Anyway, there is still a way we can comfortably and safely travel around from our homes and have a glimpse of other cultures… especially in the culinary field!

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Brew yourself up for the next Orobie Beer Festival

Author: Lisa Egman

Hosted in the quiet and pictoresque frame of the Lazzaretto, in the city of Bergamo, the Orobie Beer Festival is an unmissable appointment for every beer lover of the region. Many breweries bring their craft beer there, for a total of 70 taps and 150 different beers on rotation. Most of the breweries are from the region, but there are some that comes from farther in Italy and even from other country of Europe.

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Tapas in Barcelona

Author: Lisa Egman

Cover photo: Lisa Egman© all rights reserved

Beautiful sunny city with the perfect mix of culture and entertainment, Barcelona is a wonderful place where to spend some days, but even a week or a month: you will never get bored!

Barcelona offers also a wide range of restaurants and bars, for all tastes. If you want to have a real idea of Spanish food, though, you should definitely walk into a tapas bar and order at least 4 different dishes. The best thing about tapas is that you can share them in order to taste as much as you can.

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Chili Chicken (Dajaj bi Al-fulful)

Author: Nada Serhan

Photos: Nada Serhan

Many times people ask me what is the difference between Lebanese and Palestinian cuisine. While we almost have the same dishes from the various vegetarian dishes like vine leaves to the many rice based dishes like Makloubeh (a dish combining eggplants, carrots, chicken or meat, and all then flipped upside down) and meat to soups like lentil soup, I always find myself explaining the main difference in our cuisine is not the dishes but the spices. While both countries use citrus and lemon to flavor, Lebanese food by default is citrus based – it’s part and parcel of its identity – while Palestinian tend to enjoy adding more chili and different types of strong peppers while cooking. Chili Chicken or in Arabic with a Palestinian accent (jaj bil filfil) may one of the very few dishes that is actually strictly Palestinian. And it involves everything spicy!

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Panettone vs Pandoro: the final battle

Author: Lisa Egman

Winter has finally come, thanksgiving is just a sweet memory, my favourite scarf is ready to be shown and Christmas lights are popping out here and there. Probably, people from around the world imagine Italians spending Christmas in Italy as the scene of  big warm smiley families gesturing with their hand, shouting and kissing each other and eating tons of food on a sunny terrace, but this is far from reality. Well, ok, we shout and kiss and use our hands a lot when we speak – we also eat tons of food, but who doesn’t on Christmas? . Anyway it’s cold on the terrace in December and, ABOVE ALL, there is something that can make warm smiley families fight over the tableful. A neverending feud, the eternal debate, the endless struggle, the massive fight: Panettone vs Pandoro.

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