A Gourmet Tour of Livorno

Start the Day with an Italian Coffee Start the Day with an Italian Coffee Eat Your Way around Livorno!

If you are a lover of Italian food, or just food in general, you can easily spend a day or a weekend in Livorno making your way around a selection of the many cafés, bars, restaurants and market stalls sampling some of the local gourmet specialities.  After all, Italian life rotates around food, so you cannot leave without trying at least a few of the great things to eat and drink.

Keeping the Fish in the Cacciucco

Livorno’s signature dish

Cacciucco Cacciucco The most famous of Livornese dishes is undoubtedly Cacciucco (kah-CHOO-koh), a sturdy Mediterranean fish stew made, according to tradition, with five varieties of fish, one for every  ‘c’ in its name.

Almost every fish restaurant in Livorno features Cacciucco on its menu BUT, according to some, it is becoming more and more difficult to find  the genuine article. The dish has been taken from and added to , redesigned beyond recognition in order to suit modern tastes, so that many of the supposed Cacciuccos being served up today may be delicious in their own right, but have little in common with the original recipe.

So what IS a ‘real’ Cacciucco? I talked to local food and wine journalist Claudio Mollo who has recently founded the Cacciucco Association in order to promote and protect the origins of this classic Livornese dish.

Livorno's Specialities: Cacciucco, Torta di Ceci and Ponce

Delicious Torta di Ceci, a Livornese speciality Delicious Torta di Ceci, a Livornese speciality No visit to Livorno is complete without trying one of the city’s local specialities. Perhaps the most obvious of these, Livorno being a port with lots of fishing activity, is the fish stew known as “Cacciucco”. This rich dish with a tomato base contains five different kinds of fish and served in a soup dish on a thick slice of bread rubbed with garlic. These days the dish has become a symbol of Livorno. (To find out how to make your own Cacciucco, click here)