Cuisine in Tuscany, like in other Italian regions, was originally based on the concept of cucina povera. This means families often prepared simple meals with fresh high quality, but inexpensive, ingredients.

Popular Tuscan dishes

Much like other Italian regions, Tuscany has traditional dishes that are unique to the area. Some of them are the following:

  • Crostini di Fegato – an antipasto that calls for slices of toasted bread topped with chicken liver pate.
  • Ribollita – a soup that is made with all kinds of vegetable and pieces of bread. The perfect comfort food for those cold days.
  • Panzanella – a refreshing summer salad that has onions, tomatoes, stale bread soaked in balsamic vinegar, basil leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Zuppa di fagioli – a soup that has tomatoes, onions, celery, parsley, garlic, and of course cannelini beans.
  • Tagliatelle al tartufo – a simple pasta dish covered with a fragrant truffle sauce.

And lastly, you cannot talk about Tuscan cuisine without mentioning, of course, its fine vinos such as Brunello, Chianti, Montalcino, and Montepulciano wines.