Cooking in Tuscany comprises making delicious traditional Tuscan recipes using a few simple and fresh ingredients.
One great example is baked sea bass – Branzino. This simple recipe is great for dinner parties as it can be prepared ahead of time, makes very little mess, looks impressive and tastes delicious!
There is also no need to make a separate side dish as it’s all-in-one.
Preheat your oven to 180° Celsius.
Take one fillet of branzino per person. Lay the pieces on a piece of baking paper large enough to wrap the fish into a parcel.
Onto each fillet, lay a few thinly sliced rounds of fresh zucchini, some cherry tomatoes cut in half, a few capers (rinsed to get rid of the vinegar or salty taste according to how they have been preserved), a slice of lemon, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil plus salt and pepper to taste.
Fold up the paper to make little parcels. Place them in the oven and cook for around 20 minutes or until the fish is cooked and the vegetables are soft.
You can either wiggle the fish onto plates or even serve the parcels directly so diners can open their little dinner presents themselves.
Italians normally eat a pasta or risotto dish as a first course, so this is a perfect light main to follow. If you’re not carb-ing up with pasta or risotto, then you may wish to serve with a side of potatoes cooked with chopped tomatoes (to add a splash of colour).
For great insight into the best places to eat in Italy, ask the locals! You can meet lots of foodie locals on our small-group Italian Food Tour in Florence!
To learn to make delicious, typical Italian recipes before indulging in a delicious meal made by you, we have hands-on cooking classes in Florence and Cooking Classes in a Tuscan Villa.