Volterra Food & Wine
Volterra lies in the heart of Italy's truffle country, and incorporates this specialty food item, considered the diamond of the culinary world, into its cuisine in every imaginable way -- for sauces, butters, pastes, oils, stuffed into ravioli and flecked over fresh pasta -- the rich aroma and flavor as captivating today as it was a thousand years ago.
Beyond truffles are other local specialties that are as popular like wild boar pasta, pasta with a pumpkin sauce and pasta made with chestnut flour with a sage butter sauce. Excellent local cheeses like pecorino (sheep's milk cheese) and foods made from wild game such as salsiccia di cinghiale (wild boar sausage) are offerings in most households and in many restaurants.
Bruschetta, thin-sliced Italian bread, topped with fresh chopped tomatoes, robust pecorino cheese, or olives is a favorite appetizer, followed by pasta with truffle sauce, melon and prosciutto and a fresh-from-the-garden salad.
For dessert, ossi di morto (bones of the dead man) -- a rock-hard local confection made of egg whites, sugar, hazelnuts, and a hint of lemon, or pane di pescatore (fisherman's bread), a dense and delicious sweet bread full of nuts and raisins are a satisfying end to a meal.
Enjoy the famous Chianti wine or the dry white wine, Vernaccia, or any of the famous wines of Toscana to accompany the foods of Volterra.