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What should you be looking for when you search for Italian restaurants near you? Like all cuisines, Italian food has it’s own span of variations. Tuscan cuisine, from the Italian region situated around Florence, is typically held in high regard. So why not give it a try?

“An excellent Tuscan Italian restaurant thrives on high-quality ingredients prepared in a straight forward and simple way,” says Bob Colosimo, General Manager of Eleven Eleven Mississippi.

Bob suggests looking for a few staple Italian food items when it comes to Tuscan Cuisine.

High-quality olive oil may seem like a no brainer when it comes to Italian food, but it is an integral part to this region. Also be on the look out for milk cheeses like pecorino and the wonderfully crunchy treat know as biscotti, and truffle oil.

If you’re looking for the extra punch in Tuscan cuisine, try seeking out Italian restaurants carrying wild boar, chicken livers, and the ancient grain farrow, used in soups and risottos.

If you’re looking for the full Tuscan Italian experience, try Bob’s recommendations at Eleven Eleven Mississippi.

Start with the Fontina Fonduta, a traditional cheese fondue drizzled with truffle oil. Then, follow it with a Black Kale salad. This second course is not only healthy and uses a unique variety of the leafy plant, but also is grown by the Eleven Eleven staff in the restaurant’s garden. For the grand main course, try the Wild Boar ravioli. Just as it should be, this high-quality ingredient is simply amazing. For dessert, one of the house-made ice creams or sorbets should do the trick. But if you’re looking for the ultimate way to end your Tuscan Italian restaurant experience, try the apple caramel latté.

Buon appetito!