Blog

Tripe and Lampredotto: What they are and how to cook them

The recipe of the Florentine tripe of Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort

Tripe and Lampredotto are two very special Italian culinary specialties as they come from bovine offal. Both are part of the Tuscan gastronomic tradition but Lampredotto, a true institution, is the master in Florence. Let’s see together what Tripe and Lampredotto are and what are the best recipes for cooking them.

What are Tripe and Lampredotto?

Tripe is a traditional food from many regions of Italy, in particular from Venetian, Roman and Milanese cuisine, but also from Tuscan cuisine.

But what exactly is Tripe? Tripe is a bovine offal, that is part of the animal’s entrails. Tripe is nothing but the stomach of cattle, which to be precise is made up of various parts, each of which has specific names.

Ruminants, for example, have 3 prestomaches and a real stomach. The common tripe is obtained from one of the prestomaches called the “rumen”.

Lampredotto is one of the most famous popular dishes in Florence, so much so that even today it can be tasted in the numerous stand scattered throughout the city.

The lampredotto is an institution for the Florentines, a popular rite that already in the fifteenth century a few steps from the Arno was consumed for a few cents. A cheap protein lunch.

It is the most common Florentine street food, a delicacy based on one of the four sections of the stomach of cattle, the abomasum.

The Florentine Tripe Recipe

In Tuscany the best known preparation of this dish is undoubtedly the Florentine tripe.

Florentines are always great tripe eaters which was already prepared in taverns since the 1400s. This food was so popular that it often occurs in popular poems.

The recipe for real Florentine tripe does not include the use of wine, broth, or long cooking, but at the end of the preparation, if successful, it must be soft and tasty.

Here is the recipe for Florentine Tripe for all gourmets.

  1. Cut 500 grams of tripe into strips of about one centimeter.
  1. In a pan, brown 8 tablespoons of oil and chopped onion. When it wilts, add the tripe and let it brown slowly with the pan uncovered, turning often so that it does not stick.
  1. After about 15 minutes add 500 grams of fresh or peeled tomatoes, salt, pepper and cook covered for about 40 minutes, until the liquid withdraws leave the tripe in a creamy sauce.
  1. Remove from the heat and add 2-3 tablespoons of parmesan.
  1. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

The Recipe of Boiled Lampredotto

  1. Preapres a broth by boiling a celery, a carrot in three liters of salted water, an onion, a couple of tomatoes and a sprig of parsley.
  1. Let it boil then add about 500 g of whole lampredotto and cook over low heat, covered, for about an hour.
  1. Once the flame is out, pull up the lampredotto and cut it into strips: serve it on a plate or in a sandwich.
  1. Add salt and pepper and accompany it with green sauce.

Come and enjoy Tuscan cuisine in Mugello

If you are a gourmet palate and you like to taste typical regional cuisine then Tuscany is the right destination for you. We are waiting for you at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort, in the heart of Mugello and a few kilometers from Florence, where our Chef will delight you with fragrant Tuscan recipes!

Quick Booking snippet


  • Arrival Date:

  • Nights:

  • Rooms:

  • Adults:

  • Children:

Argentario and Maremma: the best excursions

Tuscany is a region to be discovered, full of wonderful landscapes and breathtaking views that are really worth seeing for yourself. In particular, we want to consider two specific areas of the region: the Maremma and the Argentario. The first represents an extended geographical area between Tuscany and Lazio, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, with a […]

Italian Tour in Tesla: Hotel and Resort with Top-up

Nowadays there are many people who are trying to lead a more ecological and sustainable life while respecting the environment and the world. A big step is the use of an electric Tesla to move in a green way without sacrificing any kind of comfort. We know, however, that it may not always be easy […]

Marradi: picturesque municipality of the Upper Mugello

Marradi is a village located in Tuscany in the Alto Mugello area. It overlooks the Tuscan-Romagna Apennine side with Senio and Fiorenzuola. Its name is famous because it is the birthplace of the great poet Dino Campana and also for the production of the IGP Marrone del Mugello. But that’s not all: Marradi is a […]

Terme di Saturnia: the sulphurous waters of the Maremma

According to the ancient legend, the God Saturn, very angry with mankind, threw a bolt of lightning on the Earth. From the crater that this left on the ground, hot waters began to flow, which the Romans and Etruscans before them already used as a relaxing cure-all. This is how the thermal baths of Saturnia […]

Onion Soup: history and recipe

One of the most interesting aspects of cooking is that of knowing how to take a cue from the peasant tradition. Natural ingredients and poor dishes, which become refined dishes thanks to the ability to know how to reinvent and combine the simplest flavors. An emblematic example is onion soup, a typical dish of French […]

Fiesole: what to see and where to eat

Fiesole today is considered “one of the most beautiful suburbs of Florence”. In fact it is part of the metropolitan area of ​​the capital, from which it is only 6 kilometers away, but it is an independent municipality with a respectable history. As an inhabited center, Fiesole has existed since the 4th century BC and […]

Pistoia: what to see and what to eat

Pistoia is a medieval memory that has come down to us. A beautiful painting that speaks of other times while remaining firmly rooted in modernity. A city that knows how to do tourism without sea and without mountains but with a load of art and history that makes it a small jewel, the pride of […]

Tuscan Pappa al Pomodoro: here’s how to make it at home

Tomato is one of the symbolic foods of Italian cuisine. Undisputed king for pasta sauces in the collective imagination, as well as a must for pizza, it finds its place in many traditional dishes. One of these is the pappa al pomodoro, so well known that it became the title of a very famous song […]