Florence is a great place to visit. In addition to its countless artistic and historical attractions, Florence is home to some typical dishes that are considered among the best Italian recipes.
The gastronomic richness of Florentine and Tuscan cuisine has a humble background. Central Italy is characterized by being a rural area, and this can be perceived in the recipes from this charming part of Italy.
Florentine gastronomy is based on local products such as cheese, grains, wild boar, and beans. The dishes are often seasoned with olive oil from the region and always accompanied with sciocco bread, a salt-free kind of bread. The habit of not salting the bread has its origin in the Middle Ages, when the city ran out of salt supplies during a war between Florence and Pisa.
Ribollita is a soup with a rural past. It’s usually eaten in the winter and made with hard bread, cannellini beans from the region, and vegetables such as cabbage or tomato. It’s frequently prepared in large quantities and reheated several times, which is why its name is ribollita ("reboiled" in English).
Lampredrotto is eaten outside, often as a sandwich. It’s well liked both by the citizens of Florence and tourists who try it at the street stands. It’s cooked with cow’s stomach, but in Florence it’s cut into thin slices and boiled in a broth with spices. It is served with a green or spicy sauce.
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
Bistecca alla Fiorentina is aarguably the most famous steak in Italy. It’s a thick cut of Tuscan beef tenderloin obtained from Chianina-breed cows. Bistecca alla fiorentina is served rare and is grilled and seasoned with salt, pepper, olive oil, and occasionally a lemon slice.
Pappardelle al sugo di lepre
As in every Italian recipe, pasta is also an important part of Florentine cuisine. Pappardelle are very wide noodles to which sauce with cuts of hare meat, vegetables, red wine, etc are added.
Schiacciata alla Fiorentina
And for dessert, Florence is known for a cake with vanilla, sugar and orange flavor. Schiacciata alla Fiorentina is a traditional Carnival-time recipe. It's irresistible!
After reading this article, you probably feel like trying a delicious Italian dish. You can take a plane...or come to Da Bruno!