Category Archives: Pisa & its surroundings

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Yummy food in Pisa (and Lucca too!)

Today I am glad to publish a post from a friend and collegue of mine, David Di Giacomo. David is both Tour Leader and Tourist Guide qualified for Pisa and its surroundings and he writes interesting things about the city he lives in. This post is about ‘cecina’ a traditional food in Pisa and in Lucca too!

Cecina is a very popular dish in Pisa and absolutely a must for the visitors.cecina

The cecina is a very thin pie (0.5 cm) wide, round and yellow. It’s soft inside and crunchy on the outside and it’s cecina1made out of chickpea flour, water, olive oil, salt and pepper, following a very old recipe.

The cecina can be eaten alone, sliced, seasoned with olive oil, pepper and salt, and it can be also served as an appetizer. It can be eaten in a sandwich or between two slices of Margherita pizza. 

In Pisa you can find the cecina in every place where pizza is sold by the slice. The most popular place is probably “Il Montino”, right off Borgo Stretto.

And I (Antonella) have to suggest a very small and typical place in Lucca called “da Felice”, close to San Michele church in the heart of the city where you can taste pizza, cecina and necci!

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ceramics

Looking for new tiles, I found some amazing pieces in Pisa at Cristiani’s.

These tiles are hand made in Pisa area and then sent to Vietri (Neaple’s area) to be enamelled in few colors as orange, green and blue… a wonderful blue.

The name of these wonderful tiles is “Tarsia Pisana” (Pisan marquetry, I can translate).terracotta

Some tiles in terracotta are intentionally broken and then enamelled in various colors like these —–>

Then these tiles can be assembled to obtain something like this picture beneath!

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And it’s possible to admire the craftsmen’s skill in producing smalles and smalles tiles that can be used as decorations for necklaces or ring (like mine!!!).

The Cristiani’s showroom is really huge and you can get lost among tiles, wood, mosaics, sofàs, marbles.. but I am pretty sure you will also find a good guide there (alas, not me this time!) who will give you the right advice for your choice.