If you cannot think more than pizza and pasta as Italian food, you should visit the Tuscany capital, Florence. Although all of Italy are masters of diversified cuisine, Tuscany and her epicentre, Florence, perhaps stands alone in utilizing some unique animal parts and veggies to prepare delicious meals. Fondly labelled as the poor kitchen, Florentine foods consist of some straightforward recipes. But with hearty characteristics, they will still fill your mouth with unique flavours of deliciousness.
So, while Florence is always a pleasant experience for its unbelievable history, diversified culture, artistic ambience, make sure you do not leave the city without trying their cuisine.
A Must-try Florentine Tasting Menu.
When it comes to Tuscan dishes, Schiacciata, crostini, and truffles often come to mind first. Schiacciata is a pizza-like flatbread perfect for a sandwich. It can also work as a side dish with the local’s favourite appetizer – crostini. The truffles, on the other hand, is an expensive, exotic mushroom perfect for a lavish dining experience.
However, Tuscan culinary arts offer many other succulent dishes for a memorable dining experience. So, why not add the following dishes to your list:
Bottoni with provolone cheese
Pasta stuffed with provolone cheese is a dish that couldn’t be any more Italian, and people of every age love it to the core. A sommelier favourite, Bottoni is often prepared with chard and ‘inzimino’ sauce, bringing an innovative twist to the delicious tasting menu. While the sauce sounds exotic, it actually adds earthy vegetable flavours, making the dish more succulent.
Sea Bass with courgette sauce
Anyone here a seafood lover? Then, a Sea bass prepared with courgette sauce, almond, and reduction of Acqua Pazza sauce is what you need to taste in Florence. If you are wondering, the courgette is a simple sauce that adds a springlike flavour and can go well with any white, sea fish.
Pigeon on coals
It’s not just the French who love eating pigeons; the Tuscans have a special fondness for the bird’s meat, too. So, while in Florence, taste their traditional Ceccatelli Pigeon grilled on coals. Served with black cherry, green pepper, and summer mushrooms, it’s a cuisine for a fully-filled stomach.
Cherry on dessert
No dining experience is ever complete without desserts. The whole of Italy is renowned for mouthwatering desserts, and Florence is not different from them. The Cherry On is a classic Florentine dessert bound for your favourite list after tasting once. With a combination of Caramel Bavarian cream and dark chocolate cream- topping with the cherry gin tonic jelly and cherry sorbet, you are bound to melt in its creamy delights.
Finally, you might be wondering where to find these recipes in one go. Then, why not check out the tasting menu in Florence at the Santa Elisabetta restaurant? Enjoying lunch or dinner in an elegant and luxurious atmosphere with a view while your mouth gets filled with various Michelin star chef-prepared Florentine goodness certainly feels like an opportunity you shouldn’t pass.