A Tour of Italy in the Kitchen, Part 14: Tuscany
One of the most popular regions in Italy, Tuscany stretches from the Appennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its landscape combines colorful rolling hills, ancient villas, mountains, many rivers and seven islands. Many well known cities are also located here: Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca, Arezzo and Livorno.
The most important thing to do when enjoying a Tuscan meal is to slow down. In Tuscany, food is meant to be savored and there is no such thing as “fast-food”.
Tuscan cooking leaves out the heavy sauces found in other regions in favor of simplicity. Olive oil is often the star of the show, and it is used generously for cooking, dressing salad, dipping bread, and flavoring soups. No Tuscan kitchen is complete without sage, rosemary, thyme, chestnuts, pecorino cheese, beans, prosciutto, and bread. Vegetarians will feel right at home here as many dishes center on vegetables such as artichokes, asparagus, fennel, peas, and wild mushrooms.