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Italy without pasta . . . impossibile !

DSC02236It is so true! When you enter restaurants or trattoria in Italy you don’t have a big choice! Mostly Pasta or Pizza ! But tourists like it so much.  What is more they don’t want to order anything else here!

So let me tell you something about pasta that originates in the province of Siena! It is PICI . . . type of hand-made pasta, similar to spaghetti but larger and for me much tastier.

The recipe is extremely simple: water, flour and very little, if any, egg. The taste is other than normal pasta and a bit hard to describe. But you know what . . . it is not necessary to describe. It is better that you become convinced of its amazing taste alone!

You can eat this pasta at a variety of ways i.e.: briciole – with breadcrumbs; aglione – with spicy garlic tomato sauce (my favorite); boscaiola – with porcini mushrooms; ragù – a meat based sauce.

Pici you can buy here everywhere – supermarkets or small shops. It is more expensive then another pasta (even four times) but is unique and I am sure you can’t find it in your place! That’s why you should find it here!  Price per 500 grams is about 2-3 EUR. How I convinced recently it is also possible to get truffle Pici.


So don’t forget about PICI if you are here! You just can’t miss a possibility to delight an unique taste of this Tuscan type of pasta.




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27 thoughts on “Italy without pasta . . . impossibile !

  1. We love pici, but it is hard to find in the US. I actually was able to order some from Amazon (Italian product) for a bit, but no longer. It’s always a treat for us when we are in Italia!

  2. Vera, dimmi qualcosa … When we were in Panicale we were served pici (and yes, they were absolutely YUMMY!) – does that make sense to you?

  3. I’ve gone wheat-free this week in an attempt to rid myself of the eczema on my hand and it seems to be working. I would image that a wheat-free diet in Italy would be 1000 times more challenging than in Asia! No Pici for me at the moment but I will keep it in mind for the future:)

  4. This is Brilliant! I’m currently working on the Draft of my new Category ‘The Bucket List’ about Travel in Italy. You think the Universe is really conspiring to bring my dreams to fruition?

  5. I love pasta! I have not seen PICI here yet. Something new to me 🙂 At least now I will pay attention to another type of pasta.

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