A Springtime Sandwich

Asandwich as fresh as the spring. The ingredients are prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and pesto. The inventor is Pino of Salumeria Verdi. Salumeria Verdi began as a sandwich shop with 10 menu options and has transformed through 25 years. Pino’s favorite customers are Americans students: they are the ones he loves to serve food …

March Madness

Mad as a March Hare! “In like a lion, out like a lamb” aptly describes the month of March. As the goddess Flora descends upon the Renaissance city, the days gradually grow longer and warmer. The chill of winter is quickly forgotten, and the countryside beckons us with vibrant buds and fragrant breezes. To sports …

Taste, Again

Pitti food lifestyle fair returns March 11-13 The 12th edition of Pitti Taste, the fair dedicated to the excellence of Italian taste and food lifestyles, is returning from March 11–13 at the Stazione Leopolda with a focus on coffee. Presented by Pitti Immagine, Taste showcases products from more than 340 leading Italian companies in the …

Ditta Artigianale’s Barman Becomes Italian Champion

The chief barman of the coffee shop Ditta Artigianale, Fran- cesco Masciullo, won last January the title of Italian coffee champion at the fair Salone Internazionale Gelateria Pasticceria, Panificazione Artigianale Caffè that took place in Rimini. Masciullo will thus represent Italy at the World Championship for Barmen that will be held in Seoul, South Korea …

Space Club Founder Dies

Carlo Caldini, the architect who founded the historic Florentine Space Club, died last month. He was 76 years old. Space has a history that spans over 40 years, beginning in February 1969, in the midst of the electrifying hippy ‘underground’ music, when Caldini, together with Mario Bolognesi and Fabrizio Fiumi, had the idea to create …

A Passion for Vinyl

Stepping into Data Records 93 on Via de’ Neri feels a little like being transported to another age, with its pink-and-purple psychedelic interior and thousands of CDs and vinyl records lining the walls. Today the shop remains a haven for music lovers and collectors of rare records alike. Its collection of valuable and eclectic records …

Rex Hosts Martera’s House’n’Roll

Breaking barriers between different styles of music is DJ’s Leo Martera formula for his Saturday night at Rex bar. The idea came when Martera noticed that one-musical-theme nights were beginning to bore people after a while. Thus came the intuition to mix not just songs, but also styles of music. And it worked, making Saturday …

Roberto Ugolini: Master Loafer

www.roberto-ugolini.com Quality and elegance. This is what you can find in a small shop next to Piazza Santo Spirito that carries on the antique tradition of designing and producing handcrafted shoes, primarily for male clients who want to wear the top quality. The shop is that of Roberto Ugolini, a Florentine artisan famous in America …