Three essential elements have formed
the tuscan gastronomic traditions:
peasant tradition with the emphasis on bread soups, vegetables, beans and eggs, with very little meat.
middle-classes cooking probably is very similar to today's.
aristocratic cooking which, due to Catherine de' Medici,
influenced French cooking.
Fundamental ingredients are:
- unsalted, well-baked with crust
( Chianti )
Obviously such a simple and natural cooking depends on the freshness and quality of the ingredients.