Authentic Tuscan Dishes
One of the most famous antipasti in Tuscany is crostini (toasted bread) with fegatino. Fegatino is a chicken liver sauce spread over a warm crostino. I know chicken liver is not everyone’s favorite, wasn’t mine either, but it became a staple in my diet when I was a resident in Florence. The most delicious crostino to have in Tuscany. At least give it a try.
‘Pan’ is short for pane(bread) and ‘zanella’ is an old italian name for bowl. A refreshing bread salad in the heat of summer which seems filling but it isn’t. It gives you enough energy to get through the hot afternoon when the temperature could reach 115 degrees F. Day old Tuscan bread is soaked in water and then squeezed out of the bread so it crumbles out of your hands. Add in cipolla rossa(red onion), pomodori(tomates), salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar. So fresh, so light!
Pappa al Pomodoro
A simple Tuscan Bread soup made with day old Tuscan bread, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and basil leaves. It can be eaten in winter or summer. This soup can be served hot, room temperature or chilled. So fulfilling and great eaten with more bread to dip with.
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
My husband’s absolute favorite piece of meat is Bistecca alla Fiorentina. IN the states we could refer to it as the Porterhouse or T-Bone steak. But this particular piece of meat is A LOT thicker. Florentine T-Bone steak is taken from the loin of young calf and has a fillet on one side and sirloin on the other. It is normally 3-4 cm high (3- 4 fingers high) and weighs about 1.5 – 2 kg (3 – 4 lbs). The special cow to get this steak from is called Chianina.
This is a famous and popular local delicacy. One of the first food trucks I ever saw was in Florence, serving lamprodotto and the line went on forever. Lamprodotto is the fourth stomach of the cow which is cooked in broth and served with a spicy salsa verde. I have eaten this. It is suprisingly good. Give this one a try if it scares you. The scariest things usually turn out to be the best things.
Want to try more delicious dishes in Tuscany? Come with me to Tuscany in June 6-13th for our Self Love Yoga Retreat. We will indulge ourselves in all the typical and authentic dishes of the region.
A presto, Kate