The best first courses typical of Tuscany

Spaghetti with the typical Mugello recipe

In Italy the one for food is a real passion, but what we love most is surely her majesty the “Pasta”! Discover with us which are the best first courses typical of Tuscany!

Handmade fresh pasta, an all-Italian tradition

Fresh pasta is a real must of the Italian gastronomic tradition, from the simple recipe with water and flour to the tastiest fresh egg pasta.

Egg pasta, thanks to its unmistakable flavor, is the basis of many Italian dishes. Once it was prepared at home by grandmothers, in the great country kitchens where antique marble tables served as pastry and with wise mastery the dough was worked and then transformed into tagliatelle, tagliolini, fettuccine and much more.

Each region of Italy has its traditions regarding egg pasta and the yellow pastry is transformed into an infinite number of formats served with as many sauces and combinations.

This variety of forms and recipes gives rise to a vast selection of regional first courses, including the first courses of Tuscany.

What are the typical Tuscan first courses?

In Tuscany, as throughout Italy, pasta has always been a symbol of the culinary tradition, with recipes handed down from mother to daughter.

The variety of recipes and types of pasta is really wide. To accompany pasta and wheat semolina, in Tuscany there are also numerous first courses based on potatoes or vegetables, just think of the “gnudi” or the famous “ribollita”.

Here are the best typical Tuscan first courses:

  • Pappardelle with wild boar;
  • Pici all’aglione;
  • Potato tortelli;
  • Acquacotta;
  • Tomato soup;
  • Maremma tortelli;
  • Gnudi;
  • Tordelli.

The Pici all’Aglione recipe

Pici all’aglione is a typical first course of Tuscany and in particular of the Val di Chiana.

To cook this delicious Tuscan dish with skill it is essential to use the aglione, a type of garlic grown in the Val di Chiana, making it completely melt in the olive oil with a very slow fire cooking.

Here’s how to prepare the sauce for one of the best first courses in all of Tuscany: the pici all’aglione!


  • Aglione;
  • Basil,
  • Thyme;
  • Capers;
  • Tomato pulp;
  • Extra virgin olive oil;
  • Salt;
  • Sugar;
  • White vinegar.


Crush the garlic cloves without removing the peel and then fry the aglione in a pan with extra virgin olive oil until it melts.

Add the chopped tomatoes or diced tomatoes and cook for about half an hour over a low heat.

Sprinkle with a little white vinegar, season with salt and add a pinch of sugar for a delicious sweet and sour taste.

The pici are quite widespread throughout Tuscany, with a greater concentration in the Maremma, Val d’Orcia, Val di Chiana and in the province of Arezzo. They are prepared with water and flour and have a rather long cooking, of about 18 – 20 minutes.

If you want to become a true connoisseur of aglione and all the typical Tuscan first courses we are waiting for you in our restaurant L’Olivaia, where you will taste the best regional flavors prepared with mastery by our Chef!

Quick Booking

  • Data di Arrivo:

  • Notti:

  • Camere:

  • Adulti:

  • Bambini:

Carnival in Tuscany: how to spend it in Mugello

Carnival is a magical moment full of joy loved by adults and children. Discover with us of Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort which are the most beautiful places in Tuscany where to celebrate the Carnival and how to spend it in Mugello!

Valentine’s Day in Tuscany: what to do and where to go

February 14th is Valentine’s Day, the day dedicated to all lovers. Here are our proposals to spend the Valentine’s Day 2020 in a romantic and original way!

Convent of Bosco ai Frati: history, info and where to sleep

The famous Convent of Bosco ai Frati in Mugello is located in the beautiful Tuscan town of San Piero a Sieve. Discover with us his story!

Michelin Starred Restaurants in Florence: full list 2020

Florence is renowned worldwide for its excellent Tuscan cuisine, but the pleasure increases when choosing a Michelin starred restaurant. Here is the complete 2020 list of starred restaurants in Florence!

Where to spend a romantic stay in Tuscany

Often you need to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and you need to rediscover the intimacy and warmth of a couple. The ideal solution could be to spend a weekend in a fairytale place in the company of the better half. Find out where to spend a romantic stay in Tuscany!

The best museums to visit in Florence with children

If you have never been to Florence, it is time to fix it as it is a beautiful city in every season that offers a lot to tourists and always pays particular attention to its younger guests. Discover with us which are the best museums to visit in Florence with children!

Why spend New Year’s Eve in a Tuscan farmhouse

More and more people are choosing to celebrate the arrival of the new year away from the chaos of the big squares, in more isolated and quiet locations. Discover why spending New Year’s Eve in a Tuscan farmhouse is a great idea!

The most beautiful Villages and Santa’s Houses in Tuscany

Christmas is coming and throughout the region the festive atmosphere has characterized cities and medieval villages. Discover with us the most beautiful Villages and Santa’s Houses in Tuscany!