Food and Wine

Top 6 Meals to Try in Tuscany 

by Tours of Tuscany
Top 6 Meals to Try in Tuscany 

Top 6 Meals to Try in Tuscany 

Many people come to Tuscany for the culture, while others visit for the delicious wines. But there are countless foodies from all over the world who stay here for a vacation simply because of the many fantastic dishes that the region has to offer.

With a wide variety of traditional foods for you to enjoy, you’re likely to find that you’ll be spoilt for choice – but be sure to check out these dishes before returning home.

1 – Panzanella

While you’re in Tuscany, be sure to try some panzanella – a delicious cold bread salad that you’re likely to find in most trattorias you visit in the region. Predominantly, this meal is made of traditional Tuscan unsalted bread, tomatoes, basil, salt, vinegar, and olive oil (all of which are likely to be locally sourced). So there’s no need to worry about it being an unhealthy dish.

2 – Bistecca alla Fiorentina

Any meat-loving foodies who visit this part of central Italy will need to try the Florentine T-bone steak – or as it’s known in Italian, the bistecca alla Fiorentine. This meat is from the loin of a young steer and, as the name suggests, it has a T-shaped bone, along with a tasty fillet on one side and sirloin on the other. They’re also typically served thick, making it a meal that’s not only delicious, but also filling.

3 – Ribollita

Not many people choose to have their vacation in Tuscany during the winter – but if you do, trying a traditional Ribollita soup is a must. Made of carrots, cabbage, onions, and a variety of beans, this warm and filling meal is one of the region’s most popular dishes during the cold season.

4 – Lampredotto sandwich

Another meal that you must try before leaving the region is the lampredotto sandwich. The meat itself (which is the fourth stomach of the cow) is generally cooked to perfection in a tasty broth before being put in-between two pieces of traditional Tuscan bread. Usually, it’s served with salsa verde and/or a spicy sauce.

5 – Crostini toscani

Tuscany has no shortage of interesting meals, and crostini toscani is just one of the foods that you may find to be a little odd – yet no less tasty. While chicken liver sauce spread on frusta bread (similar to a baguette) may not sound like the most appealing dish to some people, it’s most certainly worth a try.

6 – Pappa al pomodoro

While famous across the peninsula, you’re likely to find that Tuscany offers the very best pappa al pomodoro, since this soup originated from this part of Italy. Made with tomatoes, basil leaves, garlic, and stale bread; this is certainly a healthy meal that anyone can enjoy.

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