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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June 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm
Delicious, I remember when we got a slice each , it was late for a full meal and too early for dinner, if you know what I mean .. just filled the gap with a glass of vino 🙂
June 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm
June 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm
Gorgeous… particularly tomatoes and olives…is there a better combination of food in life? I don’t think so 🙂
June 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm
Your posts frequently make me hungry. I made those chocolate cookies, by the way. Delicious.
June 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm
You had me at focaccia!!! LOL
June 21, 2012 at 10:40 am
Cant wait to try those treasures when we go in Sept. Great Pics!
June 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm
alot of italians do not smile I’m sick of people saying why don’t you smile,,i’m just a serious person I’m a Italian living in KY
June 22, 2012 at 5:34 am
Mmmmmm che buona, Janie! The non-smiler is a challenge. Thing is, sometimes the better the bar or panificio the fewer smiles. Take it on as a challenge for September cara!
June 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm
Always room for a little bite….and so many choices in Lucca!