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December 13, 2017
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Come Along To Lucca

Wouldn’t you love to pack a bag and run away to Italy? I know I’m not the only one that feels that way. Come along this spring on the Panini Girl tour and let me be your guide. I guarantee you will fall for Lucca in a heartbeat. From its famous “wall” to its many […]

September 23, 2017
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Verdure Agrodolce

This recipe comes from the lovely Gemma, cheesemaker and cook extraordinaire at Cerasa, the farm at the top of a mountain in the Garfagnana. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a day on the farm observing Gemma making pecorino and then savoring a home cooked meal in the dining room on three different occasions. Each […]

September 20, 2017
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Missing Lucca

        What can I say? I’m longing for Lucca. Come along and join me in the spring for a week of food, fun, friendship and of course, shopping! Panini Girl In Lucca May 2018 get in touch at paninigirl4@gmail.com

June 4, 2017
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Panini Girl In Lucca May 2018

Dates: April 28 to May 5 Total Price Per Person: $3200 Reservations:
 Due to the unpredictability of the value of the US dollar versus the Euro, this price is subject to change. Your price will be the one quoted at the time of your deposit. 
Deposit: $975 is due within seven days of making your reservation. […]

June 1, 2017
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Forme D’Arte-Lucca

I have a tradition of strolling down Via San Paulino on my very first day in Lucca. Two of my favorite shops are located here-Caniparoli Cioccolateria-the chocolate shop I simply adore and Officina delle Pelle-a lovely family owned shop selling leather goods made right in town. There’s no doubt that I will make a purchase […]

May 21, 2017
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La Fattoria Del Teso

Even though I certainly have sampled plenty of wine from the area surrounding Lucca, I  had never actually visited the wine growing region of Montecarlo, about seven miles outside of town. It was a clear and sunny and for the first time in days it was warm.  The drive up to the winery was lined […]

May 19, 2017
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Lucca-In The Kitchen

Six years ago when I began my Panini Girl trips to Lucca I met a very talented local woman whose passion is cooking. By day she works for the archdiocese located a few blocks away from our apartment and in her spare time she teaches cooking classes. We are lucky to stay in an amazing […]

May 17, 2017
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On The Farm

If I were to ask the participants of my Panini Girl tour which was the favorite day of our week together I have a feeling that they would say our trip up into the Garfagnana, the mountainous region north east of town. Besides being incredibly scenic, it’s a bit like stepping back in time. This […]

May 7, 2017
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Garmugia-A Taste Of Spring

It’s been raining on and off here in Lucca and the weather is a lot cooler than I had expected. While poking around my favorite leather shop I heard the proprietor recommending a restaurant to an Italian couple. It wasn’t even near his shop so I figured if he’s sending people there, it must be […]

May 1, 2017
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Let Them Eat Cake

There are so many reasons that I love coming to Italy and to Lucca in particular-the charming streets, the friendly faces, the gorgeous churches, the great small shops and of course, the food. There is however another draw for me to return here year after year-the opportunity to spend time with my wonderful friend B. […]