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As I parked my car and zipped my leather jacket up another notch, I contemplated the wind whipping around the corner of the Pierotucci workshop and the new Pierotucci Kids building and the rose buds bobbing frantically.
Can this truly be almost the end of May? Are these Arctic winds merely a harbinger of what awaits us here in Tuscany for the month of June? Or are they just the last farwell of a very soggy and chilly Spring?
As we mentioned before, Italy is certainly a stickler for eating what’s in season – and even though there some things you can find all year round, don’t expect to see certain dishes on the menu unless the temps are reading 25°C or above! One of my favorite dishes (hot or cold) is stuffed zucchini. There are all kinds of thoughts on how these are to be made – only use the round zucchini – no some insist on the long ones that look like boats. Then there are those who do an all veggie stuffing (rare) – those who prefer the fresh ricotta cheese and then the traditionalists that use only ground beef. THEN. There are the recipes that have them with toasty breadcrumbs or lounging in fresh homemade tomato sauce. The difference as like trying to pin down the true recipe for Tex-Mex Chili or define the perfect Italian leather handbag . . . obviously somethings are better left un-mentioned. My favorite consists of the long zucchini with ground beef (and a heavy does of sauted zucs) sprinkled with a mix of crunchy breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, surrounded by a thick (but not too heavy) fresh tomato sauce…and though they can be quite tempting while hot . . . even when they are chilled . . . I find I can’t resist!!
Even it’s dress down day, there is something about the classic black leather jacket that can send an outfit over the top. Take a pair of washed out jeans, add your favorite boots (the ones that have been worn so often that the soles are paper thin) and add a leather jacket . . . and guess what, you are on the cutting edge of fashion.
Will wonders never cease! I was home sick for the last few days and a bit bored. So I started fooling with internet and even though I know it holds endless wonders it just never fails to amaze me at what you can find on line.
I thought it would be cool to design my own home, y’know the one you will buy (or in my case build on a hillside in Tuscany) when you finally win the lottery. I found a site that we let you draw your own floorplans – and even better you can see it finished in 3D – now how cool is that?! So here I am building away thinking now all I need is to make my vision board with the interiors for each room – why of course, let’s use Pinterest. I am always getting blog posts with the greatest ideas and this is such an ideal way to organize them without having to print everything off. I can store decorating ideas, products, recipes and the latest fashionsand new 2012 collections that have caught my eye.
Do you have any favorite sites you would like to share? I am curious to find out what’s out there.
is it possible that we won’t be covered in fluffy white stuff this weekend?
That is what we are all trying to figure out as we in Italy scour three different websites, Sky TV, Rai1 weather channels and our favorite radio station. I always find it slightly amusing and just about as frustrating that in an age where we can make incredibly small cell phones, buttery soft leather and delectable desserts with no calories – that we can’t predict the weather from one day to the next.
I can positively confirm that I have found a new plus in my recent interest in soccer and the local Series A football team Fiorentina – in the last two weeks we have gotten more info on the weather previsions from the “Lega” (the Italian sports commission) than from other news source. Since most stadiums are not covered in Italy, a little or a lot of snow can mean a cancelled game. So if I want to know what to expect on Saturday all I need to do is check out the game schedule…this weekend the game is in jeopardy thus I can deduce that there is a serious chance of more snow.
Not that this is good news, in fact my DH’s first reaction was “oh no what are we going to do?”. You might think that this comment means – we are going to be snowed in with no food, electricity and heating – but what he is really saying is “there is no game to watch on Sunday…I could just stay in bed and wake up on Monday morning.”
Well – stay tuned to find out if the promise of snow in the Tuscany holds true…
We are very proud of the craftsmen and women who make up our production staff. They do good work and take pride in sending out top quality, handmade leather handbags, bags and accessories. We would like to honor them and their stories in the next few blogs.
Our master craftsman, he has been working with leather for …. well …. let’s just say most of his life without going into numbers. We all like to laugh and say that when Marco started working here he had a head full of hair … but after over 40 years of working here, the stress just wore him down! Though he should be enjoying his retirement, Marco finds the energy to come to work everyday – sometimes to fill in when we need an extra hand and some times to teach the new entries the tricks of the trade. He has worked his way through all the varies phases and is now our go to man when problems arise, we are designing new models or when a special customization requires us to modify a model. Marco has been with Pierotucci for ages – and is a fundamental element of our production team. In the image below you can see him working small pieces of leather in a machine that thins out the edges and makes it easier for the seams to be sewn together. If we ever have any doubts about the product or the leather we simply go to Marco for the answers. To sum up his Pierotucci responsibilities in just a few words: he handles production from start to finish (he decides who cuts the patterns, who preps the pieces, who sews and assembles and he has the final say on quality control questions) … and when he is not acting as production manager he is a huge fan of the Florentine Serie A soccer team . . . and like any good Italian man, flirts outrageously with all the girls.
elegance, sex appeal and a budget…
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