What to eat and drink in Tuscany

What to eat and drink in Tuscany

Have you chosen Tuscany as your Destination Wedding? Discover what to eat and drink in Tuscany. Here everything turns into an unforgettable experience!

Italy’s cuisine is superior to any others in the world, and Tuscan cooking tradition with its fresh and simple flavoured ingredients plays a key role within Italy’s culinary tradition.

Chianti is renowned worldwide as one of the most popular winemaking regions, particularly famous for the production of a typically red-coloured wine named after Chianti Classico, arising from a variety of grapes.

However, Chianti’s fame is not only associated with its excellent wine production, but also with its impressive landscape of gently rolling hills where hilltop villages, hugged by extensive lush vineyards, olive groves, chestnuts, forests, and maples find their home.

In Chianti valley, you can easily and suddenly happen to walk alongside an orchard, or come across a winery, or an enchanting estate.

Along your way, you’ll be likely to stop by a wine bar for a glass of wine or for buying a few local wine bottles. Every simple activity in Tuscany turns into an unforgettable experience.

What to eat and drink in Tuscany

Close-up of a traditional bottle of Chianti Classico

CHIANTI CLASSICO

Close-up of a traditional Florentine dish, Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florence steak)

BISTECCA ALLA FIORENTINA

Pappardelle with boar ragu, a typical recipe cooked in Tuscany

PAPPARDELLE WITH BOAR RAGU

A traditional Tuscan dish is Ribollita, namely a soup made with a number of different ingredients, including beans, onions, and bread slices, dressed with olive oil.

RIBOLLITA

Close-up of a cooking class specific phase.

COOKING CLASS

What to eat and drink in Tuscany

Impruneta

 

Impruneta is home to a number of rewarding wine tasting tours. About only 20 km south of Florence, this beautiful village, mainly famous for the Sanctuary of Santa Maria Basilica, is also home to two important international famous Events: the Grape Festival with its parade of allegorical floats, and San Luca Festival.

Radda

 

Radda is a village with the typical character of a medieval sight, thanks to its defensive walls and narrow streets. Another mandatory stop is the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium.

If you are keen on learning more about the historical roots and variations of Chianti Classico, check out the website of Assovini (National Association of winemakers and wine tourism), to gain a deeper insight of all Chianti Classico grape variants as well as a complete list of wines locally produced.

Tuscan cuisine features simple dishes, made of local and fresh flavors. Typical Tuscan cuisine dishes are ”antipasti” such as bruschetta dressed with garlic, olive oil, and tomatoes slices; crostini, a kind of chicken liver pâté toast, and cold cuts, usually composed of ham, salami, and cheese. Olive oil is an essential product used for almost every dish.

A common Tuscany’s habit is dressing bread with olive oil and salt, or soaking that in soup (another popular dish in Tuscany). Tuscan bread is typically unsalted, resulting in intense flavors when combined with other ingredients.

A traditional dish is ribollita, which is a soup cooked with various ingredients including beans, onions, and bread slices, all dressed with olive oil.

Sienese capocollo, more commonly known as finocchiata, is a made-home dried salami.

Another typical dish of Firenze is bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florence steak). Simplicity and Freshness feature most of the traditional Tuscany dishes, standing for quality and uniqueness.

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Very traditional and recurrent food events in Italy are the so-called sagre. These local promotional folk events are devoted to raising awareness about a specific product and its historical roots. Many sagre are named after the specific product’s name intended for promotion, for instance, the sagra della polenta, la sagra della melanzana, the sagra del frico and many more. Many sagre in Italy are food-related, but can also deal with other kinds of topics such as sport or different areas.

Here is an exhaustive list of local food events recurring in Tuscany year-round.