Part 2: Tuscan food, Restaurants and other "food shops" closeby Versilia and Apuan Alps
so here the second round and as in the other email, I put already the links.
Food I suggest you to try:
• Tuscan dishes:
- Cecina (chick peas flour): you’ll find it in many pizzerias where you can buy just one slice of pizza on the go. Maybe is not common in pizzerias in the middle of the Tuscany, but closer to the coast you should be able to find it everywhere.
- Castagnaccio (chestnut flour) oven cooked: a bit more difficult to find, maybe in some “gastronomia” or small supermarket (“alimentari”)
- Necci: still chestnut flour but cooked in the pan as a crepe. Often filled with ricotta.
- Tordelli filled with meat and served with ragù
- Buccellato: Typical kind of cake of Lucca. Be aware that sometimes can be a bit too dry, but I hope you’ll be lucky to find a good shop J
- Cacciucco alla livornese: Fish soup typical of Livorno
- Ribollita: A rich vegetable soup (minestrone) with legumes and bread. Originally was a “poor” soup, done with leftover and old dry bread, but actually is super delicious! :D
- Crostini con fegatini di pollo: Bread like bruschetta spread with a patè of chicken liver
- Panforte: typical cake of Siena
- Cantuccini: typical biscuits of Siena, usually served with Vin Santo (kind of liqueur)
- Ricciarelli: Delicious almond biscuit of Siena, very common during Christmas period.
- Lardo di colonnata: Very fat and very tasty type of Ham typical of Colonnata (a small village)
• Other Italian food:
- Ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach served with only butter, sage and a bit of grated parmisan
- Frittura mista di pesce: Deep fried mixed fish. Actually often is just a mix of Shrimps and squid/calamari, without fish. But you can find also a big mix with shrimps, squids, small fishes (called “paranza”) and some thin vegetables. I love eat this with Prosecco :D
- Polenta Fritta: Cornmeal mush sliced and deep fried. Nice as a starter, excellent when spread with Stracchino (soft cheese) or eaten with prosciutto or mushrooms.
- Panzanelle fritte (or panzerotti fritti, quarti fritti, gnocchi fritti etc…): Yes, they are called in a thousand of different ways… however they are super delicious deep fried pizza dough usually served as a starter with a variety of salami, ham and cheese.
Restaurants and other food shops:
• If you decide to visit the small villages on the Apuan Alps, you’ll find these along the route (more or less)
- Pasticceria Futura: For a typical Italian breakfast with a cappuccino and a variety of sweet wonderful pastries (suggest you to try some mignons…. But everything is so tasty here!)
- Pasticceria Gherardi: same as above.
- Locanda di Bruno: Restaurant maybe not so easy to reach, but I think they cook quite well and you should be able to find some typical Tuscan food as well as more sophisticated food. Tripadvisor here.
• In Pisa:
- Pizzeria Pisa Pizza: During the University I used to go here to eat their delicious “focaccia ripiena con spinaci e ricotta”. They should have also the Cecina.
- Ristorante poldino: I love this one. It cooks special things like boar meat, duck and deer. It is in the middle of the park, to enter you have to ask to a person to open the entrance. Here is the website, but I haven’t found the English version…
- Gelateria De’ Coltelli: Good ice cream on the river of Pisa.
Hiking the Alps:
- I found this English website with some hikings: http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/site/en/itineraries/Hiking-in-the-Apuan-Alps/
- Then this is one of the mountain refuge I told you today: http://www.rifugiodelfreo.it/home.htm
- And about possible hiking I would recommend going to Foce di Mosceta (where there is the refuge) and Monte Gabberi that are easy with a safe path. However if you are feeling brave and fit you can go to the “Pania della Croce” mountain… it’s quite long and hard but in the end you will be at the top of a 1858 m mountain and admire an incredible landscape.
Other info that came in my mind:
- In Pietrasanta there is an exposition of Dalì. There is a beautiful church (Duomo) to visit and the small town is pretty too.
- Lago di Porta: Nice small lake where you can have a romantic promenade
For the moment I have nothing else to add :D :D
After all this info, I feel a bit nostalgic and I just would like to prepare my luggage and come back to my beloved Tuscany!!! :D :D