Certaldo is the epicenter for all things wild boar this weekend and next. Cinghiale, or wild boar, is a traditional meat used in Tuscan cooking when it is not running wild and destroying the beautiful yards of villages. This is a traditional feast offered with four courses for a fixed price. Typical cinghiale dishes on the menu inclide: appetizers with wild boar salame; first courses of polenta, pappardelle pasta and fresh tortelli with wild boar sauce; second courses with wild boar steak or a wild boar and black olives. Other traditional and vegetarian items are available for selection if cinghiale or meat are not preferred. Side dishes include beans, salad or French fries. The meal is finished with a sweet choice of cantuccini or gelato and topped off with a glass of local wine.
Certaldo is set about 35 miles southwest of Florence in the Tuscan countryside of Italy and is on the regional train line. There are two parts to Certaldo: medieval Certaldo Alto (high) and modern Certaldo Basso (low); connected by a funicular. The Sagra del Cinghiale Certaldo takes place on Viale Matteotti in Certaldo basso. It starts Lunch is served at 12 noon on the weekends and dinner is at 8 pm every night of the festival at Certaldo also has a famous street art festival called Mercantia in July each year.
Road to Palazzo Pretorio, Certaldo bongo vongo via Foter.com / CC BY-SA
Palazzo Pretorio (close-up) natureandevents via Foter.com / CC BY
Mercantia Celebration (July) Certaldo francesco sgroi via Foter.com / CC BY
Cinghiale Walter Saporiti via Foter.com / CC BY
Pappardelle al Cinghiale karen_neoh via Foter.com / CC BY