These are some of the many traditional Tuscany dishes. Most of them are easy to make, and thanks to the natural and fresh ingredients they attract people from all over the world to Tuscany.

Tuscany is one of the unique regions in Italy and the world that has plenty of great dishes. When it comes to food, Tuscan region is well known for its local production, meat products, simple cooking and many seasonal foods. Olive oil, bread and roasted meat are usually integral parts of most traditional Tuscan dishes.

In general, Tuscan cuisine is based on the concept of simple cooking. It started as cooking simple and inexpensive meals in larger quantities. There are no complex spices, seasonings or creations because there is no need for such things. Instead,

Tuscan dishes are made by using fresh ingredients of highest quality that enhance the natural taste of the dish.

The following are top ten traditional dishes that come from the region of Tuscany:

#1 Acquacotta

This is a broth based, vegetable soup with added poached eggs. This was originally food for peasants and its initial purpose was to make the hard bread more eatable. The main ingredients are water, bread, tomato, onion and olive oil.

Acquacotta traditional Tuscany dishes

Acquacotta traditional Tuscany dishes

#2 Castagnaccio

This is a plain cake of chestnuts. It is made of water, olive oil, raisins and pine nuts all baked together. There are certain variations where orange rinds and other dried fruits are added. This cake is usually made in autumn season and it goes perfectly with the sweet wine of Vin Santo or with chestnut honey.

Castagnaccio traditional Tuscany dishes

Castagnaccio traditional Tuscany dishes

#3 Chicken Liver Pate

This dish is made when chicken livers get cooked together with vegetables and butter until they get very creamy. Then the pâté is served on fresh bread slices.

Chicken Liver Pate traditional-Tuscany dishes

Chicken Liver Pate traditional-Tuscany dishes

#4 Fettunta

In Tuscany the famous bruschetta bread is known under the name of fettunta. A fresh slice of homemade bread rubbed with salt, garlic and olive oil is a favorite food to everyone that comes to Tuscany.

Fettunta traditional Tuscany dishes

Fettunta traditional Tuscany dishes

#5 Lampredotto

A favorite street food made of cow`s stomach. It is usually served on a bun that has been previously dipped in broth, with added chili sauce.

Lampredotto traditional Tuscany dishes

Lampredotto traditional Tuscany dishes

#6 Panzanella

Panzanella is a bread salad with added onions, tomatoes and cucumbers, sprinkled with vinegar and olive oil.

Panzanella traditional Tuscany dishes

Panzanella traditional Tuscany dishes

#7 Pappa al pomodoro

It is a simple, yet delicious tomato soup made of fresh tomatoes, stale bread and virgin olive oil.

Pappa al pomodoro traditional Tuscany dishes

Pappa al pomodoro traditional Tuscany dishes

#8 Potato tortelli

This pasta dish comes for the mountainous areas around Florence. Pasta is usually served with nice meat sauce or ragout.

#9 Ribolita

Another broth based dish. This kale and bean soup is served with crusty bread. The next day this soup is re-cooked with olive oil, and that is why it is called ribollita – an Italian word for “re-boiled”.

Ribolita traditional Tuscany dishes

Ribolita traditional Tuscany dishes

#10 Torta di ceci

This delicious street food comes from the Tuscan coast. Torta di ceci is crispy, thin cake made of chickpea flour, olive oil, salt, and sprinkled with black peppers. The torta is full of proteins and is usually served inside sandwiches.

Torta di ceci traditional Tuscany dishes

Torta di ceci traditional Tuscany dishes

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