Tuscany has a rich agricultural tradition with a variety of produce which is native to the region. Alongside the regions best known products are a number of lesser known specialties which are worth discovering. It is with this aim in mind that the Vetrina Toscana a Tavola network was created to promote local dishes made with local products. The restaurants which have joined the network offer traditional menus which rely on Tuscan olive oils and wines, meats and vegetables.
Lucca boasts 91 trattorie, osterie and taverne that are members of the Vetrina Toscana a Tavola. From the Garfagnana mountains to the sea at Versilia these eateries offer gastronomic oases for discovering the true flavours of Tuscany. Each restaurant offers a unique tasting menu, but they all focus on traditional recipes and local wines.
Soup made with Garfagnana farro, grilled pork ribs, roast capretto with Lucchese beans and local olive oil—these are just a few of the local specialties to try. Closer to the coast you'll find spaghetti alle arselle, penne with shrimp and zucchini, sea bass or a seafood risotto. The desserts shouldn't be missed, including buccellato di Lucca or the famous torta d'erbi. And the meal won't be complete without a bottle of Colline Lucchesi DOC wine.
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