Tuscany. Home to undulating vineyards, sun soaked beaches, Acqua Panna mineral water, Renaissance art, medieval towns and crowned with an equally impressive menu and wine list. In fact, this popular Italian region remains a timeless magnet for food, wine and art lovers alike, offering visitors a glimpse of some of Italy's finest facets.
So if you're planning on a holiday to Tuscany, here's our virtual holiday menu allowing you to get a taste of Tuscany in some of the iconic dishes from the region, along with those all important pronunciation tips.
Afterall, if you want to immerse yourself in the Italian spirit it's time to tackle the beauty of the language, not only the beauty of the food. As the Italian saying goes "Sciacquare i panni in Arno" - or to learn true Italian you must go to Tuscany!
Find all the unmissable dishes to tempt you on a typical Tuscany menu plus how to order them!
1. CROSTINI CON FEGATINI
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Rustic, traditional, tasty, cheap and delicious. Try kicking off your Tuscan menu with one of the defining local delicacies of chicken liver pate on toast.
2. PAPPA AL POMODORO
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Otherwise, you can go for the most famous Pappa al Pomodoro. Another delicously rustic dish made with flavoursome sun ripened tomatoes, stale tuscan bread, basil and plenty of local extra-virgin olive oil. It can be eaten both hot and cold, depending on the heat of the day.
3. PAPPARDELLE AL CINGHIALE
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Wide ribbons of freshly made egg pasta against the backdrop of wild rich boar sauce make this dish the must try of the Tuscan menu.
HOW TO PRONOUNCE CACCIUCCO:
Tuscany also boasts an incredible coastline with an equally rich offering of seafood dishes. This hearty fish stew hails from Tuscany's coastal towns, like Livorno. Tradition dictates there should be five types of different fish included in the vegetable broth, although you might be lucky enough to find many more depending on where you are.
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No Tuscan table is complete without a final serving of the typical crunchy almond biscuit, Cantucci. Try soaking them in a glass of golden vin santo for the ultimate finish to your Tuscan menu.