This for sure one of the most famous and recognized region of Italy, from the beauty of a stunning countrysyde to some of the best vino and food of Italy.
I was there last year for an Italian road tour for a couple of days, enough time to have a few florentine steak, couple of kilos of pasta and few litres of vino, since Tuscan wine is one of my favorite.
There is lots to say about Tuscany but I will save my words, otherwise I don't know what to say during the introduction ;-)
Sample menu of the night:
Focaccia Barese of course!
Piatto di Prosciutto artigianale, Culatello e fichi freschi
(artisanal prosciutto and butt prosciutto with fresh figs)
(bread salad with tomatoes, red onions and cucumber)
(Celery, carrots, radish and onions with fresh olive oil dipping)
Insalata di Rucola, Funghi freschi e Pecorino Toscano
(arugola salad with fresh shaved mushroom and tuscan sheep milk cheese)
Pate di Fegatini di Pollo
(chicken liver pate')
Gnudi burro e salvia
(naked ravioli, ricotta and spinach dumplings with butter, sage and parmigiano)
Tagliatelle fatte in casa con sugo ristretto di Coniglio
(homemade fettuccine pasta with rabbit ragout)
La Bistecca alla Fiorentina
(charcoal grilled 2 inch think T-bone with olive oil and coarse sea salt)
Cannellini al rosmarino
(tuscan beans with rosemary and tomatoes)
Insalata mista (fresh salad)
Torta della Nonna
(lemon and Pine nuts tart )
Guests bring their own wine: For the vino, there is lots choose from, from a nice Chianti Classico Riserva to an elegant Brunello or Supertuscany, those wine are little bet more pricey but worth it! For white wine, Tuscany makes a great one called "Vernaccia di San Gemignano" usually not very expensive and delicious.
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Massimo Bruno is a popular Italian chef, tour guide and media personality based in Toronto. His kitchen studio in downtown Toronto offers:
- Regional Italian dinners, cooking classes & tasting events
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