Tuscany is a region renowned for its food and wine and the Maremma is no different. The region and its inhabitants have known hard times in centuries past and their culinary traditions reflect them. There is no fancy fare to be had here. Instead the most cherished dishes are hardy and incredibly tasty soups, pastas and vegetable dishes that sustained the farmers for days spent in the fields with the ingredients that were both seasonal and affordable. The Maremma is extremely proud of its food culture and clings to the dishes of its tradition. Every town has its own local dish and, usually, a fantastically folkloric story to go along with it. As for the wine served alongside, it’s as brash and vocal as the people who made it. The Maremma’s wines aren’t shrinking violets. They make themselves heard on your palette, which is never a bad thing as far as I’m concerned.