Saturday Snacks… pigging out
Taking the road, backwards as it were, and going back into Florence we passed through the village of Cerbaia and Chiesenuova heading towards Galluzzo, one of the residential areas of Florence built after the war.
I have always heard the stories of the wild bike rides, rolling hills and fabulous sandwiches at Giotto.
I was in luck, today it was open as we passed.
As is typical, no real signs outside with the name of the shop, only tables on the sidewalk across the street, filled with young people on bicycles and motorbikes, enjoying a sunny Saturday.
We left the car in a parking lot in front of another 2 newer shops which have opened up, reaping the benefits of Giotto’s fame.
I entered the tiny shop, more of a food store, alimentari, than a restaurant or trattoria, but at the end of the shop counter filled with meats, was a small corner with a cutting board and glass case with schiacchiata, Florence’s famous flatbread.
Florence is famous for unsalted bread, shocking most palates, but schiacchiata is a salted bread, brushed with oil and also sprinkled with salt before baking.
This fabulous crunchy oily focaccia is made in the back room of the shop.
I had mine with raw sausage, salsicce.
(not bad for an ex-vegetarian!)
I am addicted to this rare treat in Tuscany, often raw sausage is mixed with stracchino cheese, a soft tart specialty and can be served raw or heated in an oven.
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
I always ask, even in Tuscany if a sausage can be eaten raw.
Andrea went classic with Prosciutto Toscano.
Prosciutto Toscano is slighty drier and a little bit saltier than the Parma ham.
Parma is cured first in salt water baths where as Tuscan hams are packed in salt.
Tuscan hams are often given a final rub with lard and pepper, giving another kick of flavor.
When you take a piece of prosciutto and put in on your tongue and taste the flavor...
That is UMAMI.... Yummy to me!
Stop by if you are passing this way!
open on Sunday ( you can call and reserve the schiacchiata as it is sooooo busy on Sunday)
closed on Wednesday
Via Volterrana, 275
Chiesanuova V.P ( Val di Pesa) not far from San Casciano