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Farinata is a type of chickpea pancake or crepe developed around Genoa and spreading through the Ligurian coast as well as northern Tuscany and into France as far as Nice, where it is called Socca.

Like most italian food, it is composed simply of just a few ingredients: chickpea flour, water, olive oil and salt. Chickpea flour lacks gluten, so the best examples of Farinata are custardy in the center. The ingredients are mixed, poured into a large, usually round pan and cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Throughout the region in which it is found, farinata stands sell pieces of the large pancake and wrap it to take away or to eat on the street. There may also be fillings or garnishes available.

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Italian Name: Farinata
English Name: Chickpea pancake or crepe
Course: antipasti / appetizers / street food
Where you're most likely to find it: Genoa, Liguria