TUSCANY

TERRITORY 

AND TRADITIONS

Tuscany is a region of central Italy. Its capital, Florence, is home to some of the most famous works of Renaissance art and architecture in the world, such as Michelangelo's David, Botticelli's works at the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo. The territory of the region is varied, and includes the rugged Apennines, the beaches of the island of Elba in the Tyrrhenian Sea, the olive groves and vineyards of Chianti.

 

In the ninth century BC the Etruscans settled in the region giving it the name of Tuscia. Subsequently the Romans conquered Tuscany and united it with other territories giving it the name of Etruria. In the 6th century AD Tuscany was occupied by the Lombards until 774 and then regained. Later the region was disputed between the empire and the church, and some cities tried to make themselves independent thus forming the municipalities. In 1434 the government of Florence was taken over by cosimo de Medici The doctors extended their rule over the whole region, guaranteeing a long period of prosperity. In the seventeenth century, the end of the Medici dynasty and began with the rule of the Habsburgs - Lorraine. Finally it passed temporarily under Napoleonic rule, to then enter the Kingdom of Italy in 1860.

 

COUSINE 

AND TRADITIONS

Tuscan cuisine is mainly made up of traditional dishes and desserts that have maintained their preparation for many years. The sacredness of bread, or the importance of not throwing it away but using it even when it is stale, is witnessed by a long series of ancient recipes that are still very common: panzanella, panata, ribollita, acquacotta, pappa al tomato, fettunta, vegetable soup, farinata, black cabbage soup or Pan co 'santi. Another characteristic of Tuscan cuisine par excellence is the use of white meat and game.

 

Tuscany is a territory in which traditions, customs, beliefs and superstitions coexist. Very famous is the Palio of Siena (famous competition of the districts with the jockeys on horseback), up to the palio of the somari, palio of the crossbow or palio of the small boats with wheels. To follow different types of rides, historical courts, historical football (or football in costume), sacred festivals and religious festivals. Until you get to tradions related to marriage and carnival.

 

Tuscany is certainly one of the most important wine regions in the world. Among the Tuscan wines it is a must to mention immediately Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, mainly based on Sangiovese grapes, and on the white side the Vernaccia di San Gimignano obtained from the homonymous vine.

 

TYPICAL DISHES

Florentine Steak

The Florentine steak is a cut of beef or scottona which, combined with the specific preparation, makes it one of the most popular dishes of Tuscan cuisine. It is a high cut including the bone, to be cooked on the grill or on the grill, with a degree of cooking "to the blood". It is obtained by cutting the loin (the part corresponding to the lumbar vertebrae, the middle of the back from the tail) of the Chianina calf: it has the "T" shaped bone in the middle, in English it is called T- bone steak, with the fillet on one side and the sirloin on the other.

Tomato Soup

Pappa col pomodoro is a "poor" dish of Tuscan cuisine, more precisely Florentine. The peasant origin of this first course is testified by its ingredients: stale Tuscan homemade bread, tomatoes, garlic cloves, basil, Tuscan extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Lampredotto

Lampredotto is a dish of Florentine cuisine based on one of the four stomachs of cattle, the abomasum. It is a typical poor dish, still widespread in Florence thanks to the presence of numerous kiosks of the so-called "lampredottai", or lampredotto vendors, located in different areas of the city as typical Florentine street food.

Ribollita

It is a typical "poor" dish of peasant origin, whose name derives from the fact that once the peasant women cooked a great quantity of it and then it was "reboiled" in the pan in the following days, from which it takes the name of ribollita, because the real soup is heated twice, otherwise it would be a very ordinary soup of bread and vegetables.

Lard of Colonnata

It is produced with pork lard, seasoned in Carrara marble basins. Colonnata lard has a moist appearance, it is white with a slightly pinkish color and has a homogeneous and soft consistency. It has a delicate and fresh taste, almost sweet, finely sapid if it comes from the buttock area, enriched with aromatic herbs and spices used in the processing and with a fragrant fragrance.

Panzanella

The original recipe includes stale bread, red onion, basil, all seasoned with olive oil, vinegar and salt. In Tuscany and Umbria the bread is left to soak in water and then squeezed until it is crumbled and broken to mix it with the other ingredients; in the Marche the slices of stale bread are wet but not crumbled and the other ingredients placed on top as if it were a bruschetta.

Cacciucco

Cacciucco is a fish-based dish, properly typical of Livorno and Viareggio cuisine.

It is a fish soup made up of different qualities of fish, crustaceans and molluscs, generally octopus, cuttlefish, cicadas, scorpion fish and other so-called "poor" fish, set to cook at different times, depending on the different cooking time required from the type of fish, in tomato sauce and then placed on slices of toasted and garlic bread placed on the bottom of the plate.

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RESTARAUNTS

ENOTECA

PINCHIORRI

Via Ghibellina 87

Firenze (FI)

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BRACALI

Via di Perolla 2 

Ghirlanda (GR)

+39  0566 902318

CAINO

 Via della Chiesa 4 

Montemerano, Manciano (GR)

+39  0564 602817

PICCOLO

PRINCIPE

 Piazza Giacomo Puccini 1 

Viareggio (LU)

+39  0584 401806

ARNOLFO

Via XX Settembre 50 

Colle di Val d'Elsa (SI)

+39  0577 920549

IL FALCONIERE

 Località S. Martino Bocena 370

Cortona (AR)

+39 0575 612679

ORO D'ARIA

Via dei Georgofili 11R 

Firenze (FI)

+39 055 200 1699

WINTER GARDEN

BY CAINO

Piazza Ognissanti 1 

Firenze (FI)

+39 055 2716 3770

OSTERIA DI

PASSIGNANO

Via Passignano 33 

Badia A Passignano (FI)

+39 055 807 1278

SILENE

Strada Provinciale Altore 9

Pescina (GR)

+39 0564 950805

LORENZO

Via G. Carducci 61 

Forte dei Marmi (LU)

+39 0584 874030

GIGLIO

Piazza del Giglio 2 

Lucca (LU)

+39 0583 494058

ATMAN

Via Borghetto 1 

Loc. Spicchio, Lamporecchio (PT)

+39 0573 803432

OSTERIA

PERILLA'

Borgo Maestro 74 

Rocca D'orcia (SI)

+39 0577 887263

IL PIEVANO

Via Spaltenna 13

Gaiole In Chianti (SI)

+39 0577 749483

BORGO

SAN JACOPO

Borgo S. Jacopo 62/R

 Firenze (FI)

+39 055 281661

IL PALAGIO

Borgo Pinti 99 

Firenze (FI)

+39 055 26261

LA

TENDA ROSSA

Piazza del Monumento 9

 Cerbaia (FI)

+39 055 826132

LA TRATTORIA

ENRICO BARTOLINI

Località Badiola 

Castiglione della Pescaia (GR)

+39 0564 944322

LA 

PINETA

Via dei Cavalleggeri Nord 27

Marina di Bibbona (LI)

+39 0586 600016

LUX LUCIS

Viale Ammiraglio Morin 67 

Forte dei Marmi (LU)

+39 339 796 1426

BUTTERFLY

Via Statale 12 

Marlia (LU)

+39 0583 307573

LA BOTTEGA

DEL 30

Via di Santa Caterina 2

Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI)

+39 0577 359226

I SALOTTI

SP146 

Chiusi (SI)

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CASTELLO 

DI FIGHINE

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San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)

+39 0578 56158

LA LEGGENDA 

DEI FRATI

Costa S. Giorgio, 6/A 

Firenze (FI)

+39 055 068 0545

LA BOTTEGA DEL

BUON CAFFE'

Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini 69R 

Firenze (FI)

+39 055 55 35 67

LA

TORRE

Str. Spicciano 7 

Barberino Tavarnelle (FI)

+39 055 806470

IL 

PELLICANO

Località Sbarcatello

Porto Ercole (GR)

+39 0564 858111

BISTROT

Via Achille Franceschi 14

Forte dei Marmi (LU)

+39 0584 89879

LA

MAGNOLIA

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Forte dei Marmi (LU)

+39 0584 787052

ROMANO

Via Giuseppe Mazzini 120 

Viareggio (LU)

+39 0584 31382

POGGIO

ROSSO

Localita' San Felice 

Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI)

+39 0577 3964

MEO MODO

Località Palazzetto 110

 Palazzetto (SI)

+39 0577 751222

CUM

QUIBUS

Via S. Martino 17

San Gimignano (SI)

+39 0577 943199

AL 43

Locanda dell' Artista Loc. Canonica

Lucignano 43 San Gimignano (SI)

+39  0577 955025

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