The Tuscan Table - Festival of the Paper Lanterns ("Festa della Rificolona")
Join us as we celebrate one of Italy’s biggest, most colorful traditional festivals honoring the birth of the Madonna - Festa della Rificolona - the Festival of the Lanterns.
History has it that hundreds of peasants and farmers made the long trek into the City to celebrate and bring their goods to market – cheese, honey, vegetables and hand-made items - where there are also street performers, music and of course delicious traditional cuisine. Many started their journey before the break of dawn and carried lanterns on the ends of sticks that twinkled across the dark night and swayed from side to side resembling swinging long-skirted women or “rificolona.”
Today, children dressed in their Sunday best sing songs and carry paper rificolona to light up the streets of Florence. This amazing festival ends with a long and color-splashed procession from Piazza Santa Croce to Piazza Santissima Annunziata, which is led by the Cardinal. After a solemn address, the revelry goes on till the sun comes up.
Let’s celebrate this tradition tonight in our kitchen with a very special dinner in honor of the Festa della Rificolona. Our menu will consist of an authentic 5-course Tuscan meal reminiscent of the festival fare prepared by our own Celebrity Chef Sandy DiGiovanni including a savory Ricotta Crostini with Fried Cherry Tomatoes, a lovely Finocchio & Beet Salad, Ribollita, Pasta Pistacchi e Pancetta, Slow-Roasted Short Ribs Over Creamy Rosemary Polenta and Limoncello Tiramasu with Lemon Gelato – an Italian dessert made with Sandy’s homemade Limoncello that will make you cry for your Italian “uncle.”
Beat that menu with a lantern, will ya? Come experience this beautiful meal around our table!
Limited Hands On | Dinner
Sat 8/17/19 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
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