Tuscany Advice Please


#21

Yes, and that’s why I have never and will never order one. Eight ounces of beef is a dinner and a breakfast for the two of us :slight_smile: But if they do that well, I bet there are other temptations on the menu. BTW, did I thank you for mentioning this? Thanks.


#22

As you can see from the above, we’ll be in Tuscany in a few weeks. Our ‘deal’ comes with a car so we’ll do day trips, maybe an overnight in Cinque Terra and deffinitely a LONG day, via train, in Florence. So we don’t have a real itin. Just not more than 90 min. probably from Montecatini. Does anyone have a meal or a town’s worth of meals :slight_smile: that would guide us? We eat almost anything and I sure wouldn’t mind some black truffles…over risotto perhaps? Thanks in advice for ANY advice, food or otherwise. Cath


#23

We drove from Tuscany. We stayed in levanto. Which was much cheaper than staying in the Cinque Terre towns. And took the train for day trips.


#24

A regional specialty to look out for is cacciucco, a seafood stew or soup. Sometimes the bowl is a third full of bones and whatnot when you’re done.

I don’t know about risotto, rice is more of a northern thing.

This site has articles about a lot of Tuscan specialties:


#25

Oh my goodness re that site!!! And ditto re the soup/stew. Robert, again, thanks for taking the time to share your wealth of knowledge.


#26

One oddity about Tuscany, pretty much every bakery makes regular bread, but it often sells out early and then there’s nothing left but the old-fashioned unsalted. If you don’t care for it, you might want to reserve a salted loaf the day before.


#27

Any suggestions for food items to bring home. Any place that makes olive oil I always bring some home. And a couple of bottles of wine. What else? TIA.


#28

In Liguria they hang nets under olive trees to catch the dead-ripe fruit when it falls off. Makes the yellowest, butteriest olive oil I’ve ever had.


#29

Ooohhhhh, now you’re talking :slight_smile: That sounds divine.


#30

http://www.antoniomattei.com/la-storia/la-fabbrica-dei-biscotti


#31

Oh my, thank you SO much for this.


#32

Are there any towns, not cities, that you think have especially good food. Lunch preferably. TIA.


#33

Get the Slow Food trattoria book or app.


#34

I’m cheap and never use my phone outside the country…but it’s only TEN DOLLARS A DAY so I think I can afford it. Thanks. PS: I’m old, ya know, so hard to break old habits.


#35

I don’t think your phone needs service to use that app. With most phones you can get a tourist SIM card for $20-30 that will work in Italy for a month.


#36

I’m not finding this. Can you give me a (senior citizen!) link. Sorry.


#37

Google osterie d’italia 2017.


#38

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#39

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#40

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