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scarpaccia

courgette tart

A savoury summer snack from Camaiore in Lucca province, but now popular all around Tuscany, made with flour, olive oil, baby courgettes (and their blossoms) and onions (many cooks also add parmesan), then sliced and eaten warm or cold. The name means 'old shoe' —fortunately, that's not what it tastes like!

Along the coast, they also make a cake-like scarpaccia dolce or scarpaccia viagreggina, using courgettes, vanilla, milk, butter and sugar.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Dana Facaros