One of the most well-known Tuscan dishes is called “ribollita” which literally means re-boiled. This is basically a vegetable soup which is re-cooked with leftover bread. The concept is reminiscent of the Anglo-Saxon tradition of stuffing (also conceived to make use of stale bread). The result is a hearty and tasty winter dish that can satisfy both vegetarians and meat eaters. Other types of soups are plentiful in typical Tuscan cooking, although not all are really vegetarian. However, by making a few adjustments to traditional recipes this problem can be resolved. In fact, today there is a new trend on the rise to include official vegetarian offerings on restaurant menus and in local gourmet shops. Whether this shift is based on commercial interests, an increase in health awareness or a growing number of vegetarians remains debatable, but at least the result is that now vegetarians who live in or visit
can find a wider selection of foods to enjoy, putting them almost on a par with
their meat-eating counterparts. Tuscany
seeing a dramatic rise in vegetarian restaurants and food shops, you can even find vegan
bakeries. Here are some of the most well known eateries for those looking to
avoid meat: Florence
Il Vegetariano (Via delle Ruote 30r) – offers a great blend of traditional Tuscan offerings “revisited” and a contemporary cuisine with a personal flair.
Brac (Via Vaggellai 18r) – a bookshop dedicated to modern art that has expanded to become a trendy dining venue with a vegetarian and vegan menu that varies based on seasonal produce.
Il Sedano Allegro (Via Farini – on the corner of Piazza Sant’Ambrogio) – this stylish restaurant, located in an area bustling with restaurants, has been in business since 1990 offering excellent vegetarian cuisine.
A Casa Mia (Piazza Ghiberti 5r) and Cuculia (Via dei Serragli 3r) – both offer a quality vegetarian selection.
Dolce Vegan (Via San Gallo 92r) - is a bakery that also sells a variety of vegan foods and gourmet products.