Tuscany can stake a claim to just two different pasta shapes: pappardelle and maltagliati. Neighbouring Emilia Romagna is the most important region in the entire country when it comes to fresh pasta and its traditions, notably tagliatelle, ravioli and tortellini. In a gesture of typical Tuscan defiance, making pasta that is so obviously big and substantial, devoid of unnecessary ornament and, in the case of the maltagliati, cut roughly into rectangles, is testament to the ongoing feuding between the two areas. When it comes to food, Tuscany has to make a point of showing off. Cinghiale (wild boar) is one of the most iconic of all the Tuscan specialities, and has a wonderful flavour.
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