Authentic Tuscan ingredients served with traditional Italian simplicity
Tuscanic Merende, Soho Review
“Tuscanic is a traditional food concept based on selected Tuscan specialties… Tuscany offers superior ingredients and typical recipes, Tuscanic’s mission is to spread these values…”
In a busy part of Soho, Tuscanic is an easy to miss, hidden gem on Old Compton Street. Everything here comes from Tuscany. Tuscanic imports premium products directly from artisans and small producers, handpicked based on their quality and tradition. Antonia and I were killing time, wandering around Soho before going to see the hilarious Urinetown musical and decided to pop in to Tuscanic for a snack and some wine.
There’s a bar as you enter with cheeses, hams and other antipasto laid out for takeaway customers and a cosy seated area at the back of the cafe with shelves stocked full of imported treats from Tuscany.
We took a seat the back and looked over the inviting selection of dishes on the menu. We ordered the Il Misto (£11.50) – small selection of Tuscan cured meats served on a wooden tray along a basket of assorted bread, focaccia and breadsticks. There’s a bigger board available for £18 but the small was just right for us. Alongside a portion of delicious Tomato Bruschette (£2) we were transported straight back to the week we spent around Siena last summer. Beautifully simple dishes made with quality ingredients is the essence of Tuscan cuisine and both these dishes delivered.
We also had a glass each of the lovely L’Erede Sparkling Wine Metodo Classico – Cupelli (100% trebbiano) at £5 a glass.
Tuscanic was a great find in a saturated part of London – a small, genuine Tuscan cafe serving authentic dishes made with quality ingredients. I couldn’t believe how simple some of the food we had in Tuscany last year was but when you have ingredients as good as these it’s a crime to complicate things.