[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”7933″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” alignment=”none” lightbox_gallery=”6309,6060,6935″ img_size=”1000×600″][vcex_spacing size=”20px”][vc_column_text]We’re in Italy, so I don’t need to tell you how incredible the food and wine is, but in the Maremma simple and traditional delicacies sourced from fresh produce and served with local wine are king.

The hallmark of Maremmani food is that it isn’t like anything you’re likely to get in Florence or Pisa. Sure they’re bound by the same intrinsic rules – fresh is best and seasonal is law, but I like to think of Maremmani food as the soul food of Tuscany.

At breakfast, the Maremmani feast on sweet pastries, filled with custard and washed down with bitter espressos. At lunch they fill up on rustic stews and pastas dripping with ragu. Then at dinner, they make up for their gluttony by nibbling thickly sliced goat’s cheese and home-cured prosciutto to hunks of bread made without salt and dried until crunchy.

Maremman meals are defined by the produce they grow themselves and the ingredients that they buy from their neighbours. It’s a country existence and it’s one that is very much ruled by the town or city they live in. Like their history and traditions, the Maremmani are divided by the dishes that define their home city and therefore themselves.

For the Mancianese that might be a beautifully cooked acquacotta soup overflowing with vegetables, slices of egg and plenty of bread to sop up the juices. In Pitigliano it’s a slow roasted cinghiale in umido or braised wild boar. While in the Argentario, you can’t celebrate without pagnottelle – sweet biscuits flavoured with different nuts and liquors.

Every Maremmana mama makes her brodo differently, uses more or less eggs in her tortellini, fries her ciaffagnoni for a few minutes longer. It’s just the way the Maremmani are. That said, they are still defined by the local products that they enjoy. Whatever the season, the Maremman dinner table is always packed with vegetables and usually plenty of fresh game – wild boar, pheasants, hare, you name it and they can catch it. Every dish has a central ingredient that is emphasized, but never overwhelmed by the other ingredients, and whatever they cook, it is always simple and plentiful.  You will never go hungry at a Maremman table.

Nor will you die of thirst. The Maremma is an up and coming wine region. In the past, the Etruscans bought their vines and the secrets of viticulture from the Greeks. Today, Maremman wine is celebrated internationally for its integrity and local roots. You won’t find local versions of famous Italian wines, but wines that are only produced in the Maremma. The divine Morellino di Scansano, the subtler Bianco di Pitigliano or the robust Capalbio DOC.You haven’t really experienced that Maremma, until you’ve experienced its cuisine. It is as much as part of the Maremmani as their limbs or landscape. They cannot define themselves without their food and they put so much of themselves into it, from plant to finished product, that you can’t say you have lived the Maremma or even visited it if you haven’t indulged in its cuisine.

The Maremman culinary experience starts with a trip to a local restaurant or bar, but if you really want to soak up the tradition of the cuisine, you can go on a food and wine trail, farm tour or learn the secrets of Maremman cooking yourself with a cooking class.

And why wait until you get to the Maremma to indulge? Visit my recipes page for my favourite local recipes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vcex_spacing size=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row id=”” visibility=”” css_animation=”” style=”” center_row=”” tablet_fullwidth_cols=”” min_height=”” bg_color=”” bg_image=”” bg_style=”” parallax_style=”” parallax_direction=”” parallax_speed=”” parallax_mobile=”” video_bg=”” video_bg_overlay=”” video_bg_mp4=”” video_bg_webm=”” video_bg_ogv=”” border_style=”” border_color=”” border_width=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” margin_left=”” margin_right=”” padding_top=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” padding_right=””][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]Where to eat

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The Italians are the maestros of food and there are plenty of dining options to choose from, no matter what mood you’re in, so have a look at my restaurants page to see what’s near you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]Local products

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Whether they’re influenced by the Aldobrandeschi, the Sienese or the Spanish, Maremmani products are deliciously unique. It’s a family business and the secrets of good cheese, wine, meat are handed down.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]Wines

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Maremman reds are simply unforgettable and, if you’re not careful, can steal the show from even the most luxurious meal, while the whites of the region are far lighter, bringing out the best in seafood and sweet treats[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]Cooking classes

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Try your hand at preparing some of the Maremma’s most delicious dishes under the watchful eye of local home cooks and Michelin starred chefs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vcex_spacing size=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row id=”” visibility=”” css_animation=”” style=”” center_row=”” tablet_fullwidth_cols=”” min_height=”” bg_color=”” bg_image=”” bg_style=”” parallax_style=”” parallax_direction=”” parallax_speed=”” parallax_mobile=”” video_bg=”” video_bg_overlay=”” video_bg_mp4=”” video_bg_webm=”” video_bg_ogv=”” border_style=”” border_color=”” border_width=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” margin_left=”” margin_right=”” padding_top=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” padding_right=””][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]Strade del Vino

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Buy the best local wines, olive oils, salamis and cheeses direct from the farmers for half the price and a real Maremman experience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]Recipes

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In the spirit of the Maremman tradition of sharing a meal with your loved ones, I’ve included my favourite local recipes. Please don’t hesitate to tell me what you think or even add your own suggestions![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row]