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Flavors of Lucca - Wandering and Tasting

Every Italian city has its well-kept gastronomic secrets, and Lucca is no exception. The city has unique and incomparable gastronomy, very difficult to find in other Tuscany destinations. In the research of  the flavors of Lucca, I’m going to show you the main dishes and the perfect places to try them in your visit to Lucca.

Caffè Santa Zita


Flavors of Lucca - Wandering and Tasting


In Piazza San Frediano, immersed in a suggestive atmosphere, we find Caffè Santa Zita, the perfect place to begin our spectacular tour of discovering Lucca’s flavors and their beauty.

Inside, the Caffè Santa Zita cannot leave us indifferent with its beauty and classic victorian architecture that you can see through the windows. From the outside, instead, you can enjoy drinking a good coffee or tasting one of its exquisite infusions, accompanied by the miracles of Santa Zita (typical cookies from the caffè). Here, you can admire the historic center and the mosaics of the Church of San Frediano. 

After lived this delicious experience accompanying by excellent and courteous service, we are ready to continue our walk around town.


Il Mercatino


Flavors of Lucca - Wandering and Tasting


If you are a foodie, one of the things you love the most is discovering and tasting local products typical of your destination. Lucca has many local products, and of course, the historical Mercatino is a place to visit. 

In this place recognized as a cultural and artistic heritage of the city, you can find products like:

  • Cheeses from Garfagnana
  • Delicatessen
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Wheat
  • Artisan pasta
  • Spices
  • Wine
  • Cooked local food

This place is definitely, the best to bring home the flavors and aromas of Lucca.


Trattoria Da Leo


Flavors of Lucca - Wandering and Tasting


When it comes to Lucca’s gastronomic traditions, the list cannot fail to include the Trattoria Da Leo, which has a long history of offering delicious dishes from Lucca and Tuscany.

In the menu you can find local dishes, like:

  • Zuppa Frantoiana
  • Zuppa di Farro
  • Garmugia Garfagnina
  • Tortelli Casalinghi
  • Spezzatino di Vitella
  • Others

What gives that magical touch to the place is the family atmosphere, because this is not the classic restaurant for tourists, but rather a place frequented by local people.


Buccellato Taddeucci



Now let’s go to the discovery of Lucca sweets, and for this, I recommend the perfect place, Buccellato Taddeucci. This pastry shop will take you into the past, telling part of the city’s history through its sweets.

Its characteristic dessert is Buccellato, a typical cake of the city. There are different types, including some born in this pastry. Since its birth in 1881, its goal is to make Buccellato. The people say that over time its flavor remained the same as it once was.

Due to its history and tradition, this is a place that you should not miss on your gastronomic tour of Lucca.


Momo Gelati



I think that every city in Italy has its best gelateria and Momo Gelati is that from Lucca. The gelato’s flavors are unique and delicious. You can enjoy the excellent quality of the product even though there isn’t a wide choice of flavors.

The ice creams that stand out are fruit flavors, such as Pear, Melon, Strawberry, Peach, Coconut, Lemon, Grapefruit, etc.

After trying its flavors, this will be one of the first places you will return to Lucca.


Hi! I'm Yareli, Dominican travel and food writer living in the beautiful and welcoming Tuscany region of Italy. I am passionate about tourism and travel, so I always look for new places to learn about its stories, culture and, above all, its gastronomy.