Indulge in Liguria’s go-to dish – a savory tart filled with cheese, eggs, and greens on a thin olive oil crust. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or a snack, it’s a local favorite across the region.
Torte Verde is a savoury vegetable tart very typical of Ligurian cuisine. There are lots of variations, but basically it’s composed of a mixture of cheese, eggs, and greens baked in a very thin olive oil crust. Chard, beet greens, and spinach are combined with dandelion or other wild bitter greens, using up whatever is in season. It’s then baked in the thinnest of pastry crusts, and served in large wedges for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks all over Liguria.
It’s an ideal nosh for a day of exploring the five hillside villages of the Cinque Terre. Whether you plan to hike the trails or take the train between towns, expect to do some climbing when you visit the region. So, bulking up with some healthy, hearty food is a good idea.
Now, obviously, you don’t have to go to Italy to make this delightful dish. And it’s really really easy to make. Don’t tell anyone, but I took some liberties with this version – I’m using prepared filo rather than making the traditional olive oil pastry, so feel OK about taking a shortcut with the crust.Print
Beth is professional food stylist and photographer based in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. Obsessed with all things Italian, Beth illustrates her travel and culinary adventures on her blog with mouthwatering images and delicious recipes.