We at Artviva Walking tours love Italy and its culture, its extraordinary history, its Renaissance art, and all the rich culture of this wonderful country we are lucky enough to call home. One thing that is often discussed in our office in Florence (aside from our walking tours in Rome, Venice, Florence and beyond) is food.
Be it the traditions of its consumption or exchanging Italian cooking tips, scribbling down addresses of newly discovered or long-loved gourmet food stores, must-try restaurants in Florence or where to get the best coffee and gelato in town – the topic of food is often on our lips.
In all our exchange of delicious Italian recipes, there is no doubt that this particular dish is the absolute winner when it comes to simple and delicious Tuscan dishes. It’s known as Pinzimonio and it is comprised of the freshest of fresh in-season vegetables, usually either whole or cut into smaller chunks.
Extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, along with vinegar and freshly sqeezed lemon juice (should you please) are then mixed by each individual into a little bowl that you can then dip the vegetables into.
Pinzimonio can be served as a starter or a refreshing side dish. It can consist of carrots, fennel, celery, tomatoes, artichoke, or pretty much any vegetable you can eat raw. In the hotter months, some people will serve the vegetables sitting in a bowl of ice to keep them super fresh.
After a Florentine steak or barbecue of mixed grilled meats, this is the perfect dish to cleanse the palate – and ensure you have enough room for dessert!
If you would rather experience a typical Tuscan lunch for yourself, we’d be happy to help you! We have an extensive range of small-group Tuscany tours , some including a delicious Tuscan lunch.
You could also opt to learn more about Italian cuisine with an in-depth Italian hands-on cooking class, making traditional Tuscany recipes. We also have a market tour followed by an Italian cooking class available.
Artviva is a proud supporter and member of Slow Food, and specialises in small-group, quality (and fun) tours in Florence/Tuscany, Rome, Venice and beyond. Visit www.artviva.com for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Slow Food movement, see: http://www.facebook.com/notes/artviva-tours/slow-food-events-whats-on-in-italy-december-2010/174723352557799