Tuscan food: top dishes to try
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Tuscan food is like the rest of Italian cuisine, made by seasonal dishes. When we talk about Tuscan food, we think about dishes made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, always produced locally. The concept of cucina povera (poor cooking) means exactly this: using local products for preparing tasty and healthy meals which are popular and cheap. This idea originated ages ago, essentially to cover the needs of poor people during hard times.Today the concept remains the same, but not because of the economy. The philosophy behind Italian and Tuscan food is all about the freshness of the ingredients and the simplicity of traditional cuisine . Tuscan dishes have to include seasonal products, such as vegetables, fruits and cheeses. This makes them healthy and allows you to taste the real flavours of the natural Italian ingredients.
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Tuscan cuisine: the most popular Tuscan dishes
Here we selected 10 of the best Tuscan dishes:
Pappa al pomodoro
It is a simple and vary famous Tuscan food, essentially made by three ingredients, which are tomatoes, stale bread and Tuscan olive oil. This bread tomato soup can be eaten as a main course, and it’s considered the heart of Tuscan cuisine.
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
It is a T-bone steak that usually weighs 1.5-2 kg. A single steak can be easily split between two friends, and don’t forget to pair it with a good glass of Chianti wine.
This is a cold bread salad, mostly joined during the summer. The basis for Panzanella is stale bread, to which are added many vegetables, such as tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, with a touch of vinegar and olive oil.
Lampredotto is the fourth stomach of the cow, usually served as street food in Florence. It’s cooked in a broth and then put inside two slice of bread, with the addition of green sauce and black pepper.
Torta di ceci
This savory cake made with chickpea flour is common mostly in Livorno. It’s a vegan cake, very thin but tasty as well. Due to his healthy properties, it’s maybe the best meal after a hard day.
These are used in a wide range of dishes, including zuppa di fagioli (beans soup) and fagioli con salsiccia (beans with sausage). These simple and natural dishes are often paired to a few slices of Tuscan bread and a glass of red wine, like Chianti.
Tagliatelle al tartufo – Tagliatelle with truffle
This is a Tuscan specialty. It’s pasta covered in a delicious truffle sauce, a precious as well as tasty ingredient directly taken from the Tuscan hills.
Litliterally means “boiled twice”. In fact, the process of preparing this poor dish involves two days: first, it’s prepared a bean and kale soup with the addition of bread. The day after, the soup is cooked another time in a pan, using the same process ancestors did.
These are a Tuscan kind of cookies, also called biscotti di Prato. Cantucci origins are very ancient, dated centuries ago. Nowadays this Tuscan food is particularly appreciated when it’s paired to a glass of Vinsanto, a traditional liqueur wine originated in this region.
It is a sweet cake made with chestnut flour. The taste is very intense, and it is perfect for breakfast as well as dessert.
How to prepare Tuscan recipes at your home
Going to a Tuscan restaurant in the UK, or at least in a restaurant that sells Tuscan dishes, is not always possible. Sometimes you could prefer to prepare your Tuscan recipes in the comfy of your kitchen. Maybe you want to become a good chef for your family and your friends, so why don’t you start searching for the best Tuscan food available?
Actually, there are many good Italian groceries, delicatessens and Italian shops in the UK. Otherwise, a good alternative could be buying food from an online Italian shop.
The Italian Community Shop is an Italian Grocery online, specialized in selling Italian food products and drinks in the UK. With the largest catalogue online, The Italian Community Shop provides the best food from all the Italian regions, included Tuscany.
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