Bouna di San Valentino:
Romance is born in the spirit of your heart and is nurtured by the experiences of your life. One
of the finest places to nurture the sweetness of romance is Tuscany.
Here you enjoy the beauty of a Tuscan sunset… a special passeggiata with your sweetheart… the
romance of wineries and vineyards nestled on the Chianti hillsides… flowing fields of sunflowers
and the beauty of romantic hill towns. And of course, there is always the romance of the Vespa.
Tuscany is a romantic paradise. Some believe there is no better place to celebrate the day tradition
has set-aside for San Valentino than in this beautiful province of Italy.
While some Tuscan couples follow the tradition of visiting a ristorante or trattoria as part of the
romantic celebration in honor of San Valentino, others prepare a special dinner at home. Typically,
the table is decorated with many candles and red roses. It is also Tuscan tradition that some of the
home prepared foods include hot pepper and chocolate.
One of the traditional dishes, which is prepared in honor of San Valentino, is spaghetti with hot
pepper. To prepare it, put extra virgin olive oil, some cloves of garlic and anchovies into a large
pan. When the garlic turns a light gold color, add hot pepper, turn off the fire. Add the parsley,
coarsely chopped, and then, add the spaghetti “AL DENTE” mix together and serve. This is a true Italian
dish with the color of our flag.
It is also tradition to make a special cake called Cuore di Cioccolato for this special day. For you,
we have included the recipe in both Italian and English.
Edie and Dave
CUORE DI CIOCCOLATO
• 4 eggs
• 120 grams of sugar
• 300 grams of dark chocolate (70%)
• 0.35 grams of almond powder (or finely chopped)
• 120 grams of flour grade 00