The Chocolate District

 

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Torta Pistocchi`s chocolate forms the rich, velvety texture of their cakes. Very little cocoa powder is used, and no flour, egg, butter or sugar is added to the mixture. Torta Pistocchi bakes on the understanding that their dark chocolate speaks for itself in all that they do, and to ensure that their cakes always remain the way they intend them to be eaten, they are vacuum-packed.

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For over twenty years, Torta Pistocchi, a chocolate truffle cake, has been synonymous with chocolate in purity. Their chocolate forms the rich, velvety texture of their cakes. Very little cocoa powder is used, and no flour, egg, butter or sugar is added to the mixture. Torta Pistocchi bakes on the understanding that their dark chocolate speaks for itself in all that they do, and to ensure that their cakes always remain the way they intend them to be eaten, they are vacuum-packed to keep the intense aromas intact. They can also be kept refrigerated for six months without losing their quality, meaning that a Torta Pistocchi cake will last almost as long as its flavour.

Torta Pistocchi Torta uva e rhum 2The latest arrival is the Rhum and Raisin, using raisins soaked for two 2016 silver medita 150x2weeks in beautiful rhum from Martinique. It immediately won the silver medal at the International Chocolate Awards Italian /Mediterranean 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful city of Florence lies in the northeast of Tuscany, filled with the historical relics and artistic masterpieces of some of the greatest masters of the Renaissance, Michelangelo, Vasari and Michelozzo. Florence itself boasts stunning landscapes, such as the Chianti Shire, and mixes the grandiose with the picturesque in its ancient castles, medieval rural churches and villas. The land is soaked in history, including a period of rule by the powerful Medici family and bearing the honour of being the capital of Italy between 1865 to 1871.

resizedimage304201 italy florence cathedral santa maria del fioreFlorence is also steeped in glorious cuisine, revelling in its traditions to serve up delicious meals based on agricultural and peasant life. Simple ingredients such as bread, olive oil, meat and vegetables are made specialities in their own right, including the famous Florentine steak: high quality beef grilled and served with olive oil, salt and pepper.

It is, however, for chocolate that Florence and Tuscany are best known. Each year the town hosts a chocolate fair featuring the work of chocolate artists from all over Europe. Italy is in fact home to three famous chocolate districts, each with its own personality and traditions, but it is in Tuscany that it is most celebrated. The Tuscan Chocolate Valley has its heart between Florence, Pisa and Pistoia, having slowly formed from its beginnings when Catherine de' Medici brought over a cocoa-like drink from visiting The Court of France.

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