Lucca’s extra-virgin olive oil appears on every restaurant table. An atmospheric 19th-century pastry shop, Taddeucci, Piazza San Michele 34 (www.buccellatotaddeucci.com; tel. 0583/494933), is famous for buccellato, a Lucca specialty—a ring-shaped sweet bread flavored with raisins and fennel seeds. For a fortifying (and addictive) snack, stop by Amedo Giusti, Via Santa Lucia 18 (tel. 0583/496285), where focaccia with many different toppings emerges piping hot from the oven. Sample Lucca’s excellent DOC wines at Enoteca Vanni, Piazza San Salvatore 7 (www.enotecavanni.com; tel. 0583/491902). The atmospheric Antica Bottega di Prospero, Via Santa Lucia 13, will instill a deep appreciation of Lucca’s sophisticated palate—it’s stocked with local olive oils, vegetables, and an amazing array of dried beans and grains.
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