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What is typical Tuscan food?

Italian cuisine is very well known and appreciated all around the world and every Italian region has its own specialties. In Lombardia there’s “risotto alla milanese”, in Campania there are pizza and mozzarella and in Sicily there’s cannoli. What about Tuscany?

Typical Tuscan food, and specifically traditional Sienese food, consists of cold cuts, cheese, meats, handmade pasta and pastry. Here for you the Top five of typical Tuscan Food to try in Siena.

1- COLD CUTS: Sienese cold cuts are called “Cinta Senese”. You ought to try “Finocchiona”, a salami with fennel seeds. Be careful, it has a strong flavour. Cinta Senese is also called a particular ragù (pasta sauce), used  for handmade pasta.

2- MEATS: Tuscany is famous for good quality meats. The beefsteak of Chianina meat is famous all over the world and it is better know as “FIORENTINA”. Fiorentina steak is normally very big from 1,100 gr. up and it is ok for 2 people or more. You can order it: “al sangue” which means rare, “Media” which means medium or “ben cotta” which means well done.

3 – CHEESE: The best one in Siena is hands down “Pecorino di Pienza”, produced by a small village in the Sienese province. It has a nice and delicate flavour and it is perfect alongside a mix of cold cuts.

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Tuscan cold cuts – Photo Credit stu_spivack – Typical Tuscan food

4 – HANDMADE PASTA: The typical Sienese pasta is Pici, a type of thick spaghetti. They are usually served with different kinds of pasta sauces, like “Cacio e Pepe” (very cheese-y), “Ragù” and “Aglione” (garlic flavoured).  Check out the recipe of Pici, so you can make them at home and enjoy a Sienese meal!

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Handmade Pici – Photo Credit fugzu- Typical Tuscan food

5 – PASTRY: Typical Sienese pastry consists of ricciarelli, cantuccini and panforte. Ricciarelli are oval shaped cookies with almonds and powered sugar on top.  You can find them in two different versions: the regular one and the chocolate one. Cantuccini are cookies with pieces of almond, to eat with vinsanto, a Sienese liquor. Panforte is a very spicy kind of cake, it tastes a lot like cinnamon.

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Ricciarelli and Panforte – Photo Credit P. Bhatt – Typical Tuscan food

Hotel Borgo Grondaie is only 1,5km far from Siena’s city center. Both rooms and apartments are available, and you can enjoy your holiday without stressing about parking, since Borgo Grondaie has a free parking lot.

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