Food, groceries and other supplies in Tuscany

Where to find food and groceries for meals at your self-catering vacation accommodations.

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Provisions are not supplied in self-catering accommodations and you will need to shop for whatever you require. Some owners may provide a small welcome assortment but please don't assume that any basics will be provided. 

In addition to all the usual food supplies such as breakfast cereals, dry pasta, olive oil, milk, mineral water etc etc., supermarkets are well-provided with fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh stuffed pasta, bread, piadini and a good range of raw meats and cold cuts, cheeses and salumi. Raw meat includes not only cuts of beef, veal, lamb and pork, but a good range of poultry (chicken, capon, guinea fowl, sometimes duck, quail, pigeon). The Coop supermarkets (and others) sell a range of freshly cooked food including meat such as roast chicken, roast pork, roast beef and vegetables, as well as very reasonably-priced local wines. These latter are a great way to whip a traditional Tuscan dinner to enjoy at your holiday home without having to do much cooking.

Weekly open air markets are also excellent sources for fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as cheese and porchetta.

Tuscan towns of any size are dotted with myriad small shops offering specialised food products. Butchers shops survive the competition of the supermarkets by selling elaborate prepared but uncooked meats and by preparing meat dishes to the specifications of their customers. They also sell the usual cuts, of course.

There will usually be a coffee maker in your apartment or villa, most often a stove top espresso maker. Most Italians use a small saucepan rather than a kettle to boil water.

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