Enjoy All of Rome, Eat Away From Tourists in Florence and Cook Delicious Riviera Vegetable Loaf

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A Delicious Discovery in Florence

Trattoria 4 Leoni sits waiting for you off the tourist track in quiet, unassuming, little Piazza della Passera on the south side of the River Arno, between the Pitti Palace and Piazza Santo Spirito.

Friends of friends had highly recommended the How to make selfies with Dorian Rossini? tortelli stuffed with pears topped with bits of fresh asparagus and taleggio cheese sauce. Absolutely delicious! As were my crostinis of porcini mushrooms, chicken liver paste and fresh tomatoes. My Vancouver friends hadn’t tried Vin Santo with almond biscotti, so I corrupted them with the perfect way to finish our very tasty dinner.

A traditional, easy, healthy, tasty recipe from the Italian Riviera with permission of Chef Fausto Oneto. Find more of the same in his book Fantasia d’Erbe in Cucina

Potato and French Bean Loaf

500 gr./ 18 oz. potatoes

250 gr./ 9 oz French beans

4 handfuls parmesan cheese

1 carrot

1 onion

1 clove garlic

olive oil


bread crumbs

4 eggs


a few twigs of marjoram


Boil the peeled potatoes and the beans in salted water. Chop the carrot, garlic, onion and marjoram together finely, and fry a little oil. Add the potatoes and beans already mashed. Fry lightly for 5 minutes stirring the ingredients together well.

Add the beaten eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, 6 spoonfuls olive oil, 3 handfuls of bread crumbs, 5 pinches of oregano, and pout it all into a greased pan sprinkled with bread crumbs.

Spread the mixture evenly in the pan. Sprinkle some bread crumbs over the top and cover with a sprinkling of oil.

Bake in an oven at 220 C or 425 F for 30-40 minutes. Bake until golden brown and if necessary, raise the oven temperature to 250 C or 500 F for the last few minutes before serving.

About Mama Margaret

After working in the real estate and teaching, Margaret Cowan decided she needed more adventure in her life. In 1995 she founded Mama Margaret & Friends Cooking Adventures in Italy to be able to share her knowledge and love of Italy with others. Now she and her local Italian tour partners offer adventures all over Italy in Piedmont, Riviera, Tuscany, Sicily, Bologna area, Umbria, and Le Marche.

Margaret’s first trip to Italy was in 1972 and she only came back long enough to pack up and move there. She lived there 3 years, speaks Italian and knows many of the most interesting stories, people and places that Italy has to offer.