Baking in chestnut leaves
In addition to the wealth of artistic beauty, Tuscany
is well known for its wonderful food and excellent wines.
In our area, where the hills and mountains
meet the sea
and thanks to an
exceptionally mild climate vegetation is lush and fertile, the art of
cooking is enhanced by the infinite variety of fish, meat and vegetable
Tordelli (local ravioli), testaroli (a type of
flat bread served with pesto sauce and local cheese), panigacci (a dish
made with flour and cooked in terra-cotta pots over coal), sgabei
(deep-fried pancakes) and chestnut cakes lure gourmets to the many typical
restaurants on the coast
as well as inland
Mushrooms grow in abundance on the hills and, during
the mushroom season, numerous local fairs take place.
Blueberry, cranberry and raspberry picking is the
favourite past-time of people looking for a cool place in the mountains
during the hot summer days.
Fishermen crowd the small harbours dotted along the
coast and the blue fish and shellfish from their catch can be savoured
fresh in most restaurants all year round. Fresh and cured cod form the
basis of many traditional recipes in Massa.
Lard, seasoned in marble vessels in the small village
of Colonnata, situated above Carrara
is now world famous.
The most well-known local wines are Candia, whose
vineyards cover the hills between Massa
e Carrara, and Vermentino from Luni.