Walk down any main street in Lucca and you’re likely to find a panificio (bakery for bread) with a crowd around the counter. There were three right in the neighborhood of my apartment and I enjoyed heading there after my morning walk on the wall to try something new.
On Via Guinigi you’ll find Forno Casali which had fabulous loaves of bread too.
The above focaccia was made with cornmeal and I loved its crunchy texture. Of course the flavor of olive oil was surely apparent and I had no problem nibbling on this with a glass of wine before dinner. This came from a little place on Via Elisa-Forno Pandemonio-not too far from the wall. I also loved the panini that were piled high on the counter here.
This last one came from what is probably Lucca’s most well known spot for focaccia-Panificio Giusti located on Via S. Lucia. I seemed to always get the same surly gentleman to wait on me. I didn’t let him intimidate me though. Jus give me the focaccia-I don’t care if you smile or not!
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