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Around Tuscany you’ll find many different recipes for Schiacciata con l’Uva, the traditional grape-based flat bread.

There are as many variations as the pastry chefs can dream up.

At the pastry shop La Golosa, in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, they make a version with strawberry grapes that is particularly delicious.

But only in season, being September, the time of the grape harvest. The flat bread takes on the inviting rosy colour of the exquisitely sweet grapes.

The “recipe”. The Schiacciata con l’Uva is a thin flat bread, which has grapes both inside and on top.

Butter, sugar and anise seeds are added to the classic flat bread dough; the Canaiolo seeded grape variety, which is common in the Chianti.

“But when they are in season – Marcello tells us – I use the wild strawberry grapes from Monte Amiata, which of course are totally organic. The taste is heavenly”.

La Golosa pastry shop was founded in 2006, by Marcello and Lisa, but here in Via Palazzuolo, Tavarnelle, there has been a pasticceria since the eighties.

Marcello used to work as an ice-cream maker, but he always loved the idea of making cakes and pastries, until he finally decided to follow his passion.

At La Golosa you can find a variety of bakery products: traditional cakes like schiacciata alla Fiorentina, panettone and colomba, and various types of bread and buns.

They are now introducing some “lighter” products. An example? A croissant made with low-fat yogurt, and pomegranate juice rather than sugar. It’s healthier and delicious.