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Tuscany: Food, Farm and Kitchen Shops
The page lists some of my favorite specialty food shops, farm shops and kitchen shops.
Bartolini, Via dei Servi (the largest)
Menegere, Via Ginori
Bucine: Stefano Luciana, Via Roma 43.
Gaiole: Lo Sfizio di Bianchi, Via Ricasoli, 44/46. Caffe and store
in the center of Gaiole. Recommended in the Capalbo book.
Greve: La Bottega Del Pane, Rinaldi e Grassi, Piazza Matteotti,
Panzano: Panificio Flli. Cennini, Via XX Luglio, 60.
Consorzio Agrario Provinciale, Via Pianigiani, 5 (just off B. di
Morbidi, Banchi di Sopra 73/75
Arezzo and surrounding area (Tuscany)
Pane e Salute, Corso Italia 11, closed Sunday, Wednesday PM in winter, Saturday PM in summer, August. 7:30-13:00, 16:30-20:00 Recommended in the Capalbo book.
Steve and Pauline, June 2000: Great bakery. The bread is great. We got some flat, salted bread, some flat olive bread (whole grain and great), half a round, flat loaf, and a loaf called Pane Medieval.
Monte Amiata area (Tuscany)
Castel del Piano: Corsini Biscotti, Via Marconi, 2. On Piazza Garibaldi,
the main piazza on the edge of the historical center. Open 7:30-13, 17-19:30.
Closed Tuesday, Sunday afternoon. Recommended in the Capalbo book.
Castel del Piano: Fungoamiata, on the east side of the main road
from Castel del Piano to Seggiano (in a small town called Pian di Ballo which
is not on most maps). There is only a small sign. Open 8-12, 14-18:30, closed
Sunday. Recommended in the Capalbo book.
Cetona: Cantina La Frasca, Via Roma 13. Just behind the police station
if I remember correctly.
Montepulciano: Formaggi Silvana Cugusi, cheese maker, SS 146 between
Montepulciano and Pienza. The farm has a big sign and is on the north side
of the road, 3 km past Montepulciano. Open 8-13, 15-19:30 every day. Recommended
in the Capalbo book. They also have a shop in Montepulciano, on the main street.
Montepulciano: La Buca (or Buca Nuova?), cheese maker, on the road
from Pienza to Montepulciano.
Pienza: La Cornucoppia, a speciality food store, on the main street
just inside the gates. Many high quality locally made products. Recommended
in the Capalbo book.
San Casciano dei Bagni: Pasticceria Il Campanile, up the main street,
past the main shops, past the church.
Massa Marittima: Le Logge, caffe and pastry shop, Piazza del Duomo,
11-13. This caffe is across the piazza from the Duomo.
Lucca: Cioccolaterria Caniparoli, Via San Paolino 96.
Buy food things to bring home
Shopping for food things and everyday things that seem a bit different because they are from Italy is fun. You can carry lots home with you - just load up your carry on bag with the breakables and squishables and hope you don't have too far to walk in the airport.
On our 1999 trip, we brought home:
Things we bought, September 1999
Slow Travel Italy - Trip Planning - Food Guidebooks: There are great food guides for Italy listing food shops (as well as restaurants).
See my Notes about Buying Olive Oil.
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