Tuscany boscaiola: a mushroom pasta that happily accepts almost any mushroom

Tuscany boscaiola: a mushroom pasta that happily accepts almost any mushroom

Some of Italy's favorite pasta dishes are named after the women who traditionally made them, like pasta alla boscaiola..

Pasta alla boscaiola appears on the most rustic Tuscan trattoria menus. Its name implies mushrooms are a key component, with bosco meaning woods and a boscaiola meaning the woodcutter's wife. Presumably, back in the day, those working in the woods would forage for mushrooms for their meals. It's a dish synonymous with autumn when fresh, foraged mushrooms fill the markets and families go out on the weekend expeditions to collect funghi, armed with wide baskets.