10 Must-Try Foods In Florence, Italy

Surprise! Italian food isn’t, strictly speaking, “Italian food.” There are lots of similarities, but for the most part, each of Italy’s 20 regions serves up its own distinct cuisine. Tuscany is no exception. Many visitors book cooking tours through the region, but there’s no reason to miss out on the food if you remain in Florence. A food and wine tour offered by a passionate local, such as Curious Appetite, is a fantastic way to learn about the city’s most delicious nibbles. A tour is a great starting point, but make sure you don’t leave Florence without trying each item on this list.

10. Schiacciata

The cuisine of Tuscany is known as cucina povera, or “poor kitchen,” and the bread of Florence embodies this concept. It’s said that in the 12th century, Florentines didn’t want to pay a salt tax to nearby rivals Pisa, and so they’ve been making their bread without it ever since. Much of the bread served in the city is bland, so the schiacciata is a lovely surprise. It’s a flat bread drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt, much like what many of us know as focaccia. Try it stuffed with salumi and cheese for a mid-day snack.

Schiacciata Focaccia

9. Cantucci

If you’re looking for ultra-rich, ultra-sweet sweets, Florence bakeries might not be the place for you. This is a cuisine that uses olive oil rather than butter, after all. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pause and sample the treats those lovely little pasticceria are offering up. Stop in and pick up a bag of cantucci, tiny biscotti made with almonds. These twice-baked little gems are lovely dunked in your morning cappuccino or evening espresso (never, ever have your cappuccino after noon!) but even better if you dip them into the local dessert wine known as Vin Santo.

Cantucci
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