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Pici Pasta Tuscan Style and Memories of Montepulciano

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“Refill the glass that is empty..empty the glass that is filled..never leave a glass filled..never leave a glass empty!”

One of my  favorite dishes that I discovered on a recent trip to   the town Montepulciano was this simple pasta dish known as Pici alla briciole. Pici is the typical pasta made in this region while briciole  is the Italian word for  bread crumbs.

A stop at the winery called Villa Nottola

  where I got to visit the winery and cook in the kitchen and then dine on my first Pici alla briciole with some wine referred to as Super Tuscan..of course from Montepulciano.

If you want to create a staycation and turn your kitchen into a taste of Montepulciano..grab a bottle of wine from Montepulciano and whip up some of this pici alla briciole..and World Pasta Day is not too far away…October 25, 2017..the perfect dish to celebrate that occasion…..

Pici alla Briciole

(If you can’t find pici pasta, use a thick spaghetti )

1 lb of day old bread

1 onion or 2 leeks or 2 scallions

small handful of fresh parsley leaves chopped

1 clove of garlic minced

extra virgin olive oil


! lb of pasta (pici or spaghetti) cooked till al dente)


Place day old crusty bread in food processor till reduced to bread crumbs. Place 2 tablespoons olive oil in saute pan with chopped garlic and onion, saute for 1 minute , add in  1/4 cup Montepulciano wine, add in bread crumbs to toast. When bread crumbs are toasted, add in chopped parsley and saute. Cook pasta till al dente and place in saute pan with bread crumb mixture place on low heat and toss. Serve with pecorino cheese and fresh parsley.

UPCOMING EVENTS…hope to see you there:

October 13-15 Maria Liberati will be one of the Celebrity Chefs appearing at the TASTE Philly food, wine and spirits show at the Valley Forge Casino in Valley Forge Pa. She will be doing book signings and sampling recipes from her book series at her booth and also doing a cooking demo at one of the Celebrity chef’s stages all weekend

November18-19– TASTE Lancaster Food, Wine and Spirits Show, Lancaster Convention Center, Lancaster,PA, Maria will be doing book signing and sampling recipes from her book series and a cooking demo at the celebrity Chef stage

November 4thFeast of the Seven Fishes Holiday Dinner and Cooking Demo at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pa. from 10AM-1PM. Maria will be guest instructor for this cooking demo class. Attendees will learn how to prepare 4-5 recipes and get to sample recipes from Maria;s Gourmand World Award winning book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition. Can register by calling 215-968-8000 or online at

October 7th, 14, 21, 28-1-3 PM- Bucks County Community College, Newtown,Pa-Maria Liberati will be guest instructor for a 4 session class on food writing- for those who want to do food writing for those who want to become a food writer for a hobby or a career. Learn about food blogging, restaurant reviews ,writing for magazines and TV. Registration fee is $99 Register by calling 215-968-8000 or here at

October 7,14,21,28 from 9-11 AM- From Table to Shelf- Food Entrepreneurship, Maria will be a guest instructor for this class for anyone that has ever thought of bringing their own food creations to market or creating a food product to bring to market. Registration fee is $999 Can register by calling 215-968-8888 or onine at

October 28th– 11am- 12:30 PM- Casa Casale , Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, Pa- Celebrity Chef Maria Liberat will be doing a cooking class on Holiday Appetizers and sampling from her Gourmand World Award winning book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition-. Attendees will learn how to make 3 Holiday Appetizers. Registration fee is $10 and attendees will receive a special discount pass for shopping at Casa Casale. Maria will be signing copies of her book, registration is limited. Call Casa Casale at 215-794-1474


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