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Top 10 foods you must eat in Tuscany

A selection of dishes and products you can't miss

When you arrive in Tuscany you will be faced with one doubt that all foodies have to deal with. What are the foods I can’t miss, what will I regret not having eaten?

So, i thought this list will guide all you foodies that stare at the menu hoping to hear or see a sign that will make you choose! Here it is the ultimate list of top 10 foods you must eat in Tuscany:

Lampredotto sandwich

Lampredotto is the fourth stomach of the cow which is cooked in a broth and then served with salsa verde or/and spicy sauce.

Lampredotto
Lampredotto
Crostini Toscani

The word crostini literally refers to the bread (named frusta), similar to a baguette where the chopped chicken liver sauce is spread.

Tuscan Crostini
Tuscan Crostini - Credit: Mariko Asato
Panzanella

Panzanella (bread salad) is a cold bread salad whose name of uncertain origins probably derives from the word, pan , which is short for pane or bread, and zanella, an old italian name for a bowl. Panzanella’s main ingredients are unsalted bread, tomatoes, red onions, basil, olive oil, vinegar and salt.

Panzanella
Panzanella - Credit: Morail
Lardo di Colonnata

Lardo di Colonnata cured meat (which has been awarded the IGP quality certification) is made in the town of Colonnata. It's pork lard cured in local marble. 

Colonnata lard
Colonnata lard
Ribollita

Ribollita soup is one of the most popular winter dishes in Tuscany and contains different kinds of cabbage, beans, onions and carrots: a perfect mix to face the cold season.

Ribollita
Ribollita - Credit: Serena Angelini
Pappa al pomodoro

Pappa al Pomodoro soup is one of the foods that Tuscany has contaminated the entire peninsula with. It's made with stale Tuscan bread, tomatoes garlic and basil leaves. 

Pappa al pomodoro
Pappa al pomodoro - Credit: Serena Puosi
Cacciucco

Cacciucco fish stew or soup comes from the Turkish world “kuciuck”, which means minute, small, and indicates precisely a dish in which ingredients are made into small pieces. Cacciucco is a popular seafood soup from the coast of Livorno and Viareggio, but each town has its own recipe.

Cacciucco
Cacciucco - Credit: Flavia Cori, Tuscany Social Media Team
Bistecca alla Fiorentina

Bistecca alla Fiorentina or Florentine T-bone steak is taken from the loin of the young steer (vitellone) and has a “T” shaped bone with the fillet on one side and the sirloin on the other.It’s normally 3-4 cm high and 1,5 – 2 kg heavy and for this very special cut, the big Chianina is one of the favorite cattle breeds

Bistecca alla Fiorentina
Bistecca alla Fiorentina - Credit: Aurelio Barattini, Antica Locanda di Sesto
Castagnaccio

Castagnaccio is a traditional cake made with chestnut flour, very common to the Apennine mountainous area of Tuscany. It can be eaten all year round because it's good both warm and cold.

Castagnaccio
Castagnaccio - Credit: Flavia Cori, Tuscany Social Media Team
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil is world famous for its pungent, bitter, fruity and vegetal flavor. In Tuscany, the harvesting stage occurs in the month of November, the olives are mostly picked by hand and immediately sent to be pressed.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Credit: Laudemio consortium
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