Necci are thin pancakes made with chestnut flour and cooked in special wrought iron plates with long handles, called testi. Traditionally, necci are rolled into the shape of a cannolo and stuffed with ricotta while still hot. They are a typical speciality of Garfagnana and the Mid Serchio Valley, and also of Lunigiana and the Pistoia Mountains.
Originally, neccio was consumed in place of chestnut flour polenta, or was eaten cold by woodcutters and charcoal burners while working in the woods. It was, however, a typical snack for all who lived in the mountains. Still loved today, necci are found almost everywhere in Garfagnana and Mid Serchio Valley where Farina di Neccio DOP (Neccio flour) is produced by using traditional manufacturing methods. Chestnuts are harvested by hand in autumn and then dried for forty days in metati (wooden and stone structures) where the fire is fed solely by chestnut wood. After a manual selection, the dried chestnuts are ground in stone mills and transformed into flour.