What do you expect to eat in Tuscany and above all what should you expect?
In this post a set of do’s and don’t to make sure you don’t get enthusiastic about something that should be sold in winter or that comes from the other side of the country.
1_ Minimum weight of a real Bistecca alla Fiorentina_ if you ask for a Bistecca and they give you something low (less than 3 inches) well cooked and small, less than 700 g than it’s not a real Fiorentina.
2_ Ribollita – tuscany’s most famous soup can’t be found in the summer (fresh) as its ingredients are in season during the year’s coldest months.
3_ Limoncello- if at the end of the meal they kindly suggest you order a typical limoncello – forget it! Limoncello is delicious and please do order it, but forget about the fact that you’re drinking something tuscan. Limoncello comes from the south and more specifically Campania – the region of which Naples is the capital, just like pizza and espresso coffee.
4_ Lasagna and Bolognese Sauce typical specialties coming from Emilia Romagna, whose capital is Bologna. The two are just as famous as the balsamic vinegar that has nothing to do with Tuscany and is typical of two provinces Modena and Reggio Emilia.
The Region of Tuscany has selected a number of restaurants that are all guaranteed for the authenticity of the dishes and the freshness of local produce used, the project is called Vetrina Toscana or Tuscan window.