left to right: Spumador, Dolcemente Pisa, Vegetable couscous with chocolate nibs
Gelateria I Coltelli (Pisa); Tartufo di Pizzo (Calabria-Pisa), Gluten- free pastry shop ( Lucca)
Mauro Iannantuoni (Milano), Torrone from Sardegna, Donna Elvira ( Modica, Sicily)
The show has food stands mostly from Tuscany but also from other regions of Italy and a couple from other countries. Not only chocolate.
There was also a restaurant, run by my friends Paul and Cecilia DeBondt, who are always creative and fun.
Paul was cranking out lovely delicate pancakes, with butter and a lovely syrup while Cecilia was overseeing the Sunday brunch table. I took multiple trips back to enjoy the various dishes they made, incorporating chocolate in many of them, but not over doing it to be wacko.
Everything was lovely but I especially enjoyed the cous cous with vegetables and cocoa nibs a lot, there was a pork in chocolate sauce ( not mole) and my favorite was a olive tapenade with capers and chocolate. The depth of flavor was incredible.
I then took a cooking class offered by La Scuola della Cucina Italiana, taught by Chocolatier, Mauro Iannantuoni. We watched as he made a multi-faceted dessert which we then assembled. As it was a class for professionals, no need for hands-on for all of us, but we did get to assemble it and eat it!
Multiple flavors and techniques--- almond sponge cake, ricotta cream, toasted candied pinenuts, Almond sable' and a carmel mousse with pear puree.
I hope you can come to Dolcemente Pisa next year- Pisa is so much more than just the tower!