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Taste 2024
January 22, 2024

Taste in Florence: events not to be missed

From 3 to 5 February at the Fortezza da Basso, the fair dedicated to excellence in taste is back. In the city many brunches, aperitifs and tastings not to be missed

At the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, the appointment with TASTE. In viaggio con le diversità del gusto. The Pitti Immagine exhibition aimed at food & beverage professionals, now in its 17th edition, takes place from 3 to 5 February and is an unmissable appointment for food and gastronomy lovers. To find out more about the event, click here and read our interview with Davide Paolini, creator of Taste!


In a nutshell, here is the most important information and news from the 17th edition:

  • 640 companies present.

  • Colours are served is the theme of this edition: Colours are food for the eyes. Red, blue, yellow, green: each of them stimulates joy, conviviality, memories.

  • The New Egg exhibition presented by Giannoni & Santoni: a collection of domestic chicken coops, designed by the ironic duo Vedovamazzei, under the artistic direction of Nicolas Ballario. The project sees the collaboration of Paolo Parisi, the world's most appreciated producer of high-quality eggs.

  • Taste Spirits: in the Cavaniglia Pavilion a focus on the excellence of Made in Italy Gin, Vermouth, and Amari with no less than 24 artisan labels.

  • New area in the Gravel Pavilion: hosting the UNICREDIT TASTE ARENA with Davide Paolini's Rings, Talks, and scheduled events; the restaurant curated by Filippo - Ristorante a Pietrasanta, with events and tastings; and the TASTE SHOP where products discovered during the visit can be purchased.

  • The event is open to professionals and trade operators on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm. The public of enthusiasts can enter on Saturday and Sunday from 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and all day on Monday. The entrance ticket costs 25 euros (children under 12 are free of charge) and can be purchased at the entrance to the event or online by clicking HERE.

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TASTE TOUR, how to visit the fair:

Central Hall | Attic Floor savoury exhibits.

Central Pavilion | Ground Floor "hybrid" proposal of sweet and savoury.

Cavaniglia Pavilion dedicated to sweets.
Padiglione delle Ghiaia: new area hosting Davide Paolini's Rings, Talks and scheduled events; the restaurant organised by Filippo - Ristorante a Pietrasanta and the TASTE SHOP where products discovered during the visit can be purchased.

A calendar of themed tastings, special events, talks and new ways of interpreting food that brings together the participating companies and some of the city's most beautiful locations and venues. HERE discover all the events around the city.

Let's see our selection together:

    Dipingere una Cena
    In cucina con i colori: an innovative 6-course menu dedicated to the infinite possibilities of inventing dishes with the most incredible and diverse nuances, where flavour is the absolute protagonist and explodes like an incredible painter's palette. The protagonists of this menu and incredible evening-event are Oscar Severini Executive Chef of the Cibrèo Restaurants and Gabriele Avanzi, Resident Chef of the Cibrèo Restaurant & Cocktail Bar.
    price 120€
    for reservations T. 055.2665651

    San Frediano is COOLored: the first Fuori di Taste di Quartiere
    AcquaPazza Gourmet's Alici in barrique di Cetara, DiBaldo Spirits' Vermouth and Gin, Cru Caviar products, Enio Ottaviani Vini e Vigneti's wines, Stefania Calugi Tartufi's proposals, and Bernardi's Vongole: these are some of the most interesting products at Taste and tasted in the four different venues in the historic Oltrarno district, in a tasting itinerary that winds its way through the streets that have already been elected the most COOL in the world.
    Gastronomia Il Giglio: anchovies in barrique from Cetara by Acquapazza Gourmet.
    Dolce Emporio: small samples of caviar and smoked sturgeon Cru Caviar accompanied by the proposal of Enio Ottaviani Vini e Vigneti.
    Essential: tastings of Stefania Calugi Tartufi and Vongole Bernardi products always accompanied by Enio Ottaviani Vini e Vigneti wines.
    Gunè Next Door: cocktails elaborated from Dibaldo Spirits' distillates (Gin Nostradamus, Vermouth 721 and AG 107.86 Dry Gin).
    prices from 10€
    for reservations T. Gastronomia Il Giglio 055.5120300 - Dolce Emporio 055.3897066 / wa 3382596812 - Essenziale 055.2476956 - Gunè Next Door 055.4939902
    ig @gastronomiailgiglio - @nextdoorgune - @essenziale_fi - @dolcemporioshop - @acquapazzazzagourmet - @cru_caviar - @dibaldospirits - @enioottavianiwinery - @stefaniacalugi - @vongolebernardi

  • 02.02.2024 19:30 | TEATRO DEL SALE
    Benedetti gli Spaghetti
    A journey of exploration and tasting in the world of pasta and everything that gravitates around it as an ever-evolving universe (in tradition). By and with Leonardo Romanelli.
    Participants include producers imported to the USA by Gustiamo: Pastificio Faella with Gragnano pasta, Maida with Corbarino tomatoes from Cilento, and Fratelli Pinna from Sardinia with Antichi Uliveti del Prato EVO oil.
    Azienda vinicola Val di Suga from Montalcino with its Brunello and fish salumi from Shark Bottega del Pesce.
    price 50€
    for reservations T. 055.2001492 - - fb @teatrodelsale - ig @teatro_del_sale

    At RIVA-K sustainability and circular production... from Parmigiano Reggiano DOP to mushrooms produced from coffee grounds
    Tasting dinner with a selection of the excellent products of two companies that have long collaborated with RIVA-K chef Michele Berlendis.
    Agricola Iris, an organic Parmigiano Reggiano DOP farm in the Parma Apennines, which for the production of its cheeses uses only the milk produced by cows bred on the farm and fed with locally sown and harvested wheat. This is a family-run farm where the freshly milked milk only makes it a few metres to get directly to the cooking and cheese production facilities.
    Circular Farm, an urban circular farm that works by using food waste, such as coffee grounds, to produce mushrooms and raising earthworms to prepare the soil for its microgreens and salads.
    The producers will be present to tell us about and introduce us to their wonderful production.
    price 55€
    for reservations T. 055.7130272 / 3757040879

  • 03.02.2024
    Viaggio nel cuore della Scozia con Benriach e Glenglassaugh
    Claudio Riva (President of Whisky Club Italia) will take us on a tour of discovery of the Benriach and Glenglassaugh distilleries, gems in the heart of Speyside. We will have the opportunity to taste some interesting Benriach labels and the new Glenglassaugh range. Both distilleries, part of the Brown-Forman Group, benefit from the expert hands of renowned Master Blender Rachel Barrie, who has brought them to new heights.
    free event
    for bookings T. 3385624777

  • 03.02.2024 18:00 - 20:00 | LA MÉNAGÈRE
    Formaggi, Tapas e Bollicine
    The cheeses of the historic Fattoria il Palagiaccio blend with the flavours of the world in the new privè at La Ménagère.
    a la carte aperitif price
    for reservations T. 055.0750600 - - fb @lamenagerefirenze - @il.palagiaccio - ig @la_menagere- @palagiaccio

  • 03.02.2024 AT 18:00 | OPERA DEL DUOMO MUSEUM
    Pieve di Campoli...all'Opera!
    Pieve di Campoli organises a cultural and enogastronomic itinerary of rare beauty, where the products of the oil and wine company of the Istituto Diocesano per il Sostentamento del Clero (IDSC) are enhanced by Vito Mollica and tasted in the marvellous complex of the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
    event on invitation

  • 03.02.2024 6:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. | TOSCANINO IN RINASCENTE
    Giusti afterTaste at ToscaNino
    In the elegant atmosphere of ToscaNino restaurant, on the top floor of Rinascente, Acetaia Giusti signs an exclusive aperitif where Balsamic Vinegar of Modena meets the unmistakable taste of Tuscan cuisine.
    event by invitation only

  • 03.02.2024 AT 19:00 | MERCATO CENTRALE
    Aperitivo Colorato al Mercato
    The theme of the aperitif will be colour, an aperitif consisting of samples from our artisans and a cocktail. Each day the colour will be different and the dishes that will be offered by our craftsmen will have the colour of the day as a common ingredient.
    price 15€
    for reservations - fb @ilmercatocentralefirenze - ig @ilmercatocentralefirenze

  • 03.02.2024 HOURS 20:00 | CIBRÈO RISTORANTE
    80 fame di te e di paradiso
    Benedetta Vitali and Oscar Severini, Executive Chefs of the Cibrèo Restaurants, bring back to the table the historic menu created by Fabio Picchi and Benedetta Vitali at the very beginning of the Cibrèo adventure in the early 1980s. To rediscover a cuisine that at the time was against the trend, but already absolutely pioneering the most contemporary vision of high quality catering. Grand master of ceremonies for the evening and attentive connoisseur of the Cibrèo world, Davide Paolini.
    price 90€
    for reservations T. 055.2341100

  • 03.02.2024 FROM 20:00 | ANTICO RISTORANTE PAOLI
    Fuori di truffle 2.0
    Back for the second year is the appointment with the prized truffles of the San Pietro a Pettine company in a 4-course menu. After the amuse bouche (charcoal tartlets with Tuscan blue truffle mousse) we start with Chianina tartare with truffle crumble and porcini mayo, mezzaluna with burrata cheese, butter and black truffle, Chianina fillet with porcini mushrooms, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and prized black truffle, and finish with cocoa crumble, hazelnut biscuit with ganache and prized black truffle.
    price 80€
    for reservations T. 055.216215

  • 03.02.2024 HOURS 20:30 | ARCHITETTURA DEL CIBO
    Il Girotolio - cena "a premi" con 4 oli Evo da altrettante regioni
    Chef Giuseppe Papallo will prepare a 4-course menu inspired by 4 regional cuisines (Tuscany, Umbria, Apulia, Calabria) with as many important oils (La Ranocchiaia, Olio Decimi, Pujje, Tenute Librandi). Diners will have to guess which oil was used in each dish, and whoever matches the 4 dishes correctly will win a sampler.
    price 55€
    for reservations T. 3385624777

    Al Brunch con i colori di Acquerello
    On the menu of Michelin-starred Chef Paolo Lavezzini, his signature dish Acquerello with smoked butter and seasonal cabbage.
    price 120€ drinks included
    for reservations T. 055.2626450

  • 04.02.2024 FROM 19.30 | HOTEL LA GEMMA
    Expressions of Terroir
    Laudemio Frescobaldi extra virgin olive oil, Capobianco Organic Farm's symbiotically grown tomatoes and Tirrena's pasta made only with ancient Tuscan grain are three supreme expressions of the territories where they are grown, Tuscany and Apulia. At this event, the three culinary marvels will be interpreted by chefs Salvatore Pacifico and Cesare Di Bari in the magnificent setting of Hotel La Gemma.
    event by invitation only

  • 04.02.2024 FROM 19:00 | RISTORANTE GUNÈ
    Brugal experience: tasting and 4-handed dinner with rum pairing
    After a tasting dedicated to the authentic Dominican rum Brugal (distr. Velier) at the Next Door cocktail bar, the Gunè restaurant hosts a four-handed dinner between resident chef Mirko Margheri and chef Marcella Schillaci (Bistrot Lo Zero, Montespertoli) in pairing with the super-premium innovations of Brugal rum presented by ambassador Matteo Melara.
    Free masterclass
    dinner price 70€
    for reservations T. 3385624777

    Le ricette di Wanda Ferragamo
    Exclusive guided tour of the Ferragamo Museum to discover the "Salvatore Ferragamo 1898-1960" exhibition, followed by a special dinner at the Caffè dell'Oro, with a menu by executive chef Antonio Minichiello inspired by Wanda Ferragamo's recipes, taken from the book "Appunti di famiglia".
    price € 105 (entrance to Ferragamo Museum and dinner at Caffè dell'Oro)
    For reservations:
    Caffè dell'Oro T. 055.27268912 -

  • 04.02.2024 HOURS 19:00 - 22:30 | SERRE TORRIGIANI
    Tasteful Colors - Night party
    Bonverre and La Giardiniera di Morgan organise a night party full of taste! Aperitif and standing dinner, in the magnificent location of the Serre Torrigiani, with excellent producers, music and tastings.
    by reservation only
    price €80
    for reservations

    "Beyond Taste" La Torre di COMO Castello del Nero and La Leggenda dei Frati
    Dinner by chefs Giovanni Luca Di Pirro and Filippo Saporito with an 8-course menu including wines.
    price €150 including wines
    for reservations

  • 04.02.2024 FROM 20.00 | TRATTORIA DALL'OSTE
    Italo Wagyu - Le pregiate carni Ca' Negra alla Trattoria dall'Oste
    For the second year, the award-winning Trattoria dall'Oste is hosting the prized Wagyu meat of Ca' Negra, the only Italian company to produce this type of meat. After an appetiser with cured meats, tartare and carpaccio, Ca' Negra's special menu includes risotto mantecato with crescenza cheese and wagyu; wagyu tagliata with hazelnut potatoes and a lemon mousse to finish.
    price 90€
    for reservations T. 055.212992

    Club Sandwich Mania - Fiore 1827
    The challenge to the best Club Sandwich organised by Davide Paolini, Gianni Mercatali and Gruppo Editoriale. A unique opportunity to discover the secrets of the signature dish of the great gastronomic tradition of the international hotellerie interpreted by top chefs. The award ceremony will be followed by a dinner with a menu dedicated to the Club Sandwich curated by Vito Mollica with wines from the Cecchi Family Estates.
    price 55€
    for reservations and T. 055 049 8097

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