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Emiko Davies - Tortellini at Midnight


Sometime in the 1950s, Emiko’s nonno-in-law began the tradition of ringing in the new year with tortellini al sugo. He served it along with spumante and a round of tombola, and sparked a trend; up until the 1970s, you could find tortellini at midnight on New Year's Eve in the bars around the Tuscan town of Fucecchio.

What inspired Tortellini at Midnight is a love story, a story of a family that moved from the heel of Italy to its top in search of a better life. It is a collection of heirloom family recipes from my Italian in-laws, which I have traced back through generations that span the length of Italy, from the southern port city of Taranto to elegant Turin in the north, and finally, back to Tuscany, where we — my sommelier husband Marco Lami and I with our two daughters — call home.
— Emiko Davies

Homestyle Tuscan recipes are interspersed with the stories of those who cooked these recipes: from Anna Michela Comasia Maria Calianno, a noblewoman who eloped with the postman, and her polpette, still being cooked in the family a century later, right down to her granddaughter Angela (Emiko’s mother-in-law) whose lasagne sustains the family at every gathering. This is cooking with love and family and history.

Join Emiko in conversation with friend, chef and other Tuscany local Tessa Kiros.

Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or juice)

Book Bundle: $60 (includes entry, drink and a copy of the book RRP $52)


Picture (c) Lauren Bamford

Picture (c) Lauren Bamford

Born in Australia to a Japanese mother and a diplomat Australian father, Emiko Davies has spent most of her life living abroad – her adolescence was spent in China, she attended university in the United States and now, for more than a decade, she has called Italy home.

Emiko is the author of three cookbooks: the most recent is Tortellini at Midnight. Florentine and Acquacotta each focus on the traditional, regional dishes of beloved Tuscan places: Florence and the Maremma, respectively. Emiko continues to write about food and travel within Italy on her blog, as well as for popular New York–based website Food52, and for publications such as Gourmet Traveller and Conde Nast Traveller. She lives in Florence with her husband, Marco, and their two young daughters.


Tessa Kiros was born in London to Finnish and Greek-Cypriot parents. In her twenties she travelled the world working in restaurants in London, Sydney, Mexico and Athens, finding food mentors, as well as completing a correspondence degree in anthropology and sociology. Tessa’s ten cookbooks, including Falling Cloudberries, Venezia  and  Limoncello and Linen Water, reflect her love of food, travel, culture and people.

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