Using fresh ingredients and simple combinations, the Italians know how to create beautiful (bellissimo) food. Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is home to many famous dishes from traditional pastas to sweet desserts. When in Florence, visit the Italian butchers and delicatessens and see how food is an integral part of life in Italy.
Here are our top 5 traditional, delicious Florence dishes to try.
Pappa al pomodoro
One of Florence’s traditional dishes is pappa al pomodoro, a hearty tomato and bread soup. Made from fresh tomatoes, bread, garlic, basil and olive oil, this soup is quick and easy to prepare. Robust and tasty in flavour, papa al pomodoro is often served as a delicious starter or entrée.
Pappardelle sulla lepre
Pappardelle is a popular type of pasta in Florence, similar to spaghetti but thicker and wider, often served with a meat sauce. Traditionally, pappardelle sulla lepre combines strips of pasta with a tasty hare sauce. To serve, the pasta is usually placed on top of the sauce and then gently mixed through. This delicious dish can come in a variety of sauces and meats and may differ slightly in each restaurant.
Bistecca alla fiorentina
A very famous dish of Florence is the bistecca alla fiorentina, also known as a Florentine steak. Using specific cuts of meat, the steak is usually seasoned with salt, pepper and olive oil and then grilled quickly on both sides. This meat is only cooked slightly and will appear on your plate quite pink, however it will be tender, juicy and tasty. Bistecca alla fiorentina is often served with salad, beans or roasted potatoes.
Schiacciata con l’uva
A popular Florence specialty, schiacciata con l’uva is actually a grape bread often served as dessert. Made using a sweet dough, fresh grapes and sugar, this bread is then baked and seasoned with olive oil and rosemary. A unique dish, this bread best displays the beautiful, robust flavour of Italian grapes and makes for a special treat.
Schiacciata alla fiorentina
Often served during February when the festival of Carneval is in town, schiacciata alla fiorentina is a rich dessert made from a sweet, soft sponge cake. There are many varieties, but the cake is usually filled with cream, icing, custard or chocolate and then sprinkled with icing sugar. With orange zest and juice as ingredients in the cake, it has a slightly citrus flavour and makes for a sumptuous dessert.