Olive oil is a specialty of this region:
|Three different olive oils. All different, all amazing.|
Wild boar salami is another specialty of Tuscany. In nearby San Gimignano, you can't walk a few yards without seeing a wild boar sandwich shop, complete with a wild boar head at the entrance of the shop:
Other cured meats are also popular in Tuscany:
|Cured meats, sundried tomatoes, artichoke, and cheese.|
Traditional Tuscan desserts: Cantucci (almond biscotti), Vin Santo dessert wine, and Panforte (a fruit and nut cake). Siena is considered the panforte capital of Italy.
|The dessert table.|
We had two amazing red wines:
|My lunch plate|
After the tasting, we went downstairs to the store that carries only local products, many straight from the farms. It was like Italy's version of a farmer's market, only bigger and indoors.
|The wine selection|
|Fresh local produce|
R. bought some wine as souvenirs and I bought a little trio of olive oil for a friend who was to pick us up at the airport upon our return to Pittsburgh. I was tempted to get some olive oil for myself, but figured it'd be too much to carry, and that ended up being a wise idea because my bag would have been overweight! I wish I had brought an extra suitcase!
Consorzio Agrario di Siena
Via Giuseppe Pianigiani, 9, 53100 Siena, Italy
On the web: http://www.capsi.it/portal/
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