FOOD AND OTHER SUPPLIES IN TUSCANY
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.
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.