Italy is famous for its food and typical dishes. During your stay in Tuscany, treat yourself with the pleasures of the table. In addition to its stunning landscapes and its huge cultural heritage, Tuscany, whose capital is Florence, is an Italian region famous for its delectable cuisine. Made with fresh ingredients and Mediterranean flavors, Tuscan gastronomy will delight your palate. As Italian food is not only about pizza, here is our selection of the best regional specialties you must taste.
Traditionally served as appetizers, crostini are small toasts initially spread with poultry liver. Recipes have changed over time. Now, in several restaurants, we can find crostini with a thousand flavors: cheese, meat, vegetables...There's something for everyone!
Where to taste crostini: Baccano Il Panino Toscano - Corso il Rossellino, 9, 53026 Pienza SI, Italia
Italy is definitely a heaven for cold cuts lovers. And Tuscany is no exception! During your stay, taste some atypical sausages: truffle, pepper, anise…A real treat for your taste buds! Don’t leave without trying rigatino, which is salted and peppered pork belly from this Northern Italian region. We also recommend finocchiona sbriciolona, which is a mix between ham, shoulder and pancetta with fennel.
Where to buy Tuscan cold cuts: Antica Macelleria Falorni - Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 71, 50022 Greve in Chianti, Florence, Italia
Historically, Tuscany is an Italian region where the finest wines are produced. Take advantage of your stay to visit the best vineyards. In the Tuscan rolling hills, there are the nobler grape varieties of Italy. 'Grand Cru' enthusiasts, do not miss the most prestigious hallmark of Tuscany called "Brunello di Montalcino". This classification is known for its great red wines.
Where to drink Tuscan wine: The Taverna di San Giuseppe - Via Giovanni Duprè, 132, 53100 Siena SI, Italia
It is generally accepted that the best olive oil is produced in Tuscany. Indeed, Tuscan olive oils stand out thanks to its wild herbs. You will also find olive oils made with some culinary treasures of Tuscany. Some of them are rare such as truffles or morels. Ecotourism lovers, why not organise an "Olive Oil Route" to discover this artisanal specialty of Tuscany. The most wanted olive oil is "Extra Vergine" (extra-virgin) in this regard.
Where to buy Tuscan olive oil: Consorzio Agrario di Siena - Via Pianigiani, 9, 53100 Siena SI, Italia
Ribollita is a typical Tuscan dish. This looks like a minestrone made with leftovers. Even if the recipe may be varied, the main ingredients remain unchanged: baked beans, bread and mixed vegetable. A hearty and traditional dish, ribollita will wake up your taste buds for sure!
Where to eat a great ribollita: Trattoria Sergio Gozzi - Piazza di San Lorenzo, 8, 50123 Firenze FI, Italia
Italy is famous for being the land of pasta…And for good reason! There are more than 300 Italian pasta varieties. In Tuscany, pastas are often made with a fancy and refined food: truffle. Visit San Miniato, a little Tuscan village, to find white truffles which are the world’s most wanted truffles. Enjoy your gourmet stopover to try some tagliatelle al tartufo, pasta with shaved truffles. A real treat for your palate!
Where to enjoy tagliatelle al tartufo: Hostaria Le Repubbliche Marinare Pisa - Vicolo Ricciardi, 8, 56125 Pisa PI, Italia
Meat lovers, do not miss this Tuscan specialty! Traditionally T-shaped, this generous piece of grilled meat is served with a slice of lemon as seasoning.
Where to treat yourself with a bistecca alla fiorentina: The Osteria Di Giovanni - Via del Moro, 22, 50123 Firenze FI, Italia
Pecorino toscano is a sheep's cheese that is particularly salty. Mostly produced in Tuscany, this typical cheese is mainly grated on pasta or risotto. Thanks to its intense flavor, pecorino toscano will enchant all cheese lovers!
Where to taste pecorino toscano: Trattoria Enzo & Piero - Via Faenza, 105 / Rosso, 50123 Firenze FI, Italia
A typical specialty of Liguria and Tuscany, Torta della Nonna, which can be translated as 'grandma's cake', is made with sugar crust pastry, custard and pine nuts. Traditionally, this pie is flavored with lemon peel. During your stay, add this sweet specialty to your gourmet notebook!
Where to try a torta della Nonna: Pergoletta Pisa - Via delle Belle Torri, 40, 56100 Pisa PI, Italia
Well recognised as Catherine de Médicis’s favorite biscuits, cantuccini are small almond biscuits originating in Prato in Tuscany. These dry biscuits are formed by cutting lines in warm pastry. Traditionally served with a soft wine, cantuccini will seduce all the sweet palates!
Where to pick at some cantuccini: Il Cantuccio di San Lorenzo - Via Sant'Antonino, 23/red, 50123 Firenze FI, Italia