Ligurian pride: focaccia!

Focaccia is one of the most famous street food known and eaten in Genoa

Flour, water, salt and yeast, yet it’s not bread... 

The focaccia Genovese is a unique delicacy

The word comes from the Latin “focus,” that is, baked on live fire. Soft, fluffy, glistening with olive oil, delicious! You can eat it on its own, with cheese or cold cuts 

Focaccia is not pizza and is about 2000 years older

Focaccia was  born by chance, as an on-the-go treat, or a “waiting” snack. Indeed, bakers had to wait several hours for bread dough to rise before making their loaves, so they started baking some of it when still unleavened, placing directly in the hot oven or on a burning hot slate slab 

In the Genoese dialect it is called "a fugassa"

In the 16th century, it became so popular it was even consumed during religious functions. Italy produces several types of focaccia, but the most famous are those coming from Liguria: beside its most traditional variety, about an inch high, with holes on its surface and covered in olive oil, popular is also cheese focaccia, which apparently has a very old history, and may date back to the years of the Third Crusade (1189).

Focaccia alla genovese has a distinctive olive oil taste

This type of focaccia is thinner than its basic, traditional counterpart and is filled with a type of fresh cheese, giuncata, which was - and still is - only available in Liguria. This focaccia, typical of the town of Recco, is an IGP (Indicazioine Geografica Protetta) product, and became known as focaccia di Recco at the beginning of the 20th century, when it was so popular it was rumored even the Infanta of Spain had the habit to visit the village to enjoy it

 

Receive More Stories Like This In Your Inbox

SPONSORED

Recommended

The art of making soap with almond ashes

Some decades have passed, but the memory of almond trees fields is still very much alive in my mind. Fields that filled our land with many, old trees...

Alive and well - The medieval art of flag throwing

The low, deliberate beat of the drums comes first, distantly reverberating off the high stone walls like a pulsating heartbeat. Louder and louder...

Wedding traditions, Italian style

Maybe it is all due to fairy tales, but weddings, big and fat or small and thin, are always in fashion. A wedding in Italy is considered such a...

Culinary secrets of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany at IIC SF

What is Italy known for? Among its many charming attributes, Italy is known for its cuisine. Who doesn't think of Italian food and fondly reminisce...

The art of being Italian American

Art, in all its forms and shapes, is the most immediate and beautiful of all ways of communicating: a painting, a song, a piece of poetry, a palace...

Weekly in Italian

Recent Issues