As you know, Ligurian cuisine is poor: a few high quality ingredients worked with mastery become pleasures to taste also on the street.
And so today we suggest you one of the most famous street food in Liguria: farinata. In Genoa, where the port asked for a quick and cheap food service, street food became a necessity.
Farinata, sold today as yesterday in the typical sciamadde (kind of delicatessen), is a masterful union of poor ingredients: chickpea flour, water, oil and salt baked in a tray in a wood oven. These ingredients make it perfect also for people who suffer from coeliac disease.
Farinata is tasty when it is warm, plain or with artichokes, borage, stracchino cheese; very famous is the one with whitebait. We love stuffed bread with warm farinata: this is a pleasure we allow ourselves in cold winter days!
As for focaccia, everyone has a different opinion about the best one: we are making our personal list. Stay tuned to discover which are the 10 best farinata according to Children Riviera!
If you don’t live in Liguria or you fell in love with farinata during a holiday and you want to try and bake it at home, here you have the recipe. But firstly we reveal you two secrets: first of all, to bake farinata the ideal tray is a “testo”, which is made of copper with a tinplated base. If you don’t have one, you can use an aluminium tray. Second, the secret is the oil you use: it must be a high quality extra-virgin olive oil.