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Tovaglia a Quadri

Tovaglia a Quadri: "Checkered Tablecloth": an example of theatre and food in Tuscany

Tradition, culture and food: this is Tovaglia a Quadri: a ‘community theatre event’ combined with a Tuscan cuisine experience. Enjoying a four course meal – appetizer, first course, main course, dessert – and wine, the traveller has the opportunity of listening to the history of the town performed by the inhabitants themselves. The event has been going for over 20 years in a small square (the Poggiolino) in the heart of Anghiari, in Tuscany. Tovaglia a Quadri is an open inn where every year the locals tell a different story, played by the people who inhabit the square. Between authentic memories and local myths, ‘local issues’ and ‘universal references’, it is the best way for the tourist to make contact with the local community. It is an event that enhances the great traditions of theatre, popular music and impromptu poetry of Anghiari, and encourages new generations to participate in a form of “community theater”, where food and storytelling meet.

This is the km O menu (kilometer zero) of Tovaglia a Quadri: crostini with pancetta, bringoli (homemade pasta) with sugo finto, Chianina and pork, pecorino cheese with honey, Tuscan biscuits; mineral water, red wine, vinsanto (desert wine), barley coffee with rum. Shortened versions are possible throughout the year, in the form of lunch with entertainment.