5 Italian Foods to Try in Tuscany (That aren’t pasta or pizza!)

Published on March 16, 2018

Tuscany is known for its stunning vistas and peaceful countryside. It's a top destination among foodies, honeymooners and travelers who prefer a quieter vacation. It’s no secret that Italian food is the most sought-after cuisine in the world, and in Tuscany you can sample some of Italy's lesser-known hidden treasures:


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Tuscan farmers use stale bread, much like the French do, except here they use it to make a summer bread salad with sun-ripened vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, seasoned heartily with olive oil and vinegar. A richer version of panzanella adds on tuna and capers.

Torta di ceci

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A thin savory cake that’s crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and made with chickpea flour. It's vegan and gluten-free. Ask for cinque e cinque and eat it the classic way, sandwiched in soft focaccia or a crispy baguette with grilled eggplants.


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Acquacotta- which means “cooked water” in Italian- is a rustic dish with humble origins. It’s a delicious vegetable soup that is served with a creamy poached egg as well as a generous grating of pecorino for an exquisite final touch.

Pappa al pomodoro

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Pappa means “baby food” in Italian, a phrase used to refer to something soft, comforting and easy to eat. Pappa al pomodoro is the hallmark of Tuscan comfort food. It's a bread tomato soup, which can differ from town to town, but has three definitive ingredients: stale bread, tomatoes and Tuscan olive oil.


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Castagnaccio is a chestnut cake that is made simply with water and chestnut flour. This sweet treat comes from the mountains in Tuscany, where chestnut trees are plentiful. It’s drizzled with olive oil, topped with a sprinkle of rosemary and is sure to be found in any bakery, especially during the autumn.

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