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Scarpaccia is an Italian zucchini tart full of fantastic flavor!

Scarpaccia Zucchini Tart

Every Italian family (and every non-Italian family for that matter!) needs a good Scarpaccia in their recipe collection.  Scarpaccia is a delicious zucchini tart or flatbread with such fantastic flavors – we would eat this dish every week if we could!

Scarpaccia is a dish that originates from the Tuscan coastal areas around Viagreggio, an Italian city that Jack and I visited on our honeymoon. The name is loosely translated as meaning ‘bad shoe’ and some sources say this dish got its name because it bakes up as thin as the sole of a bad shoe!  Other sources describe a ‘bad shoe’ as one that has been worn by many family members, and scarpaccia is a tart that you can put anything into – like a bad shoe.

Scarpaccia Zucchini Tart

Whichever definition you prefer, scarpaccia was traditionally baked during the zucchini season by retired sailors using the vegetables from their garden.  Scarpaccia traditionally includes zucchini flowers – however most people don’t have access to that ingredient year-round, so we made ours with thinly sliced zucchini. (If you are able to find zucchini flowers, by all means add it – and just cut back a bit on the amount of sliced zucchini called for in this recipe.)

Scarpaccia Zucchini Tart

Scarpaccia can be made sweet or savory, thin or thick, crisp or soft – as long as the common ingredients of zucchini and flour are used.  Our version – inspired by both Jack’s own family recipe, as well as a recipe we brought home from our honeymoon – has a touch of sweetness along with wonderful savory flavors from sundried tomatoes, basil and thyme and Parmesan cheese.  It also has a bit of texture thanks to adding corn meal as well as the addition of pine nuts to the batter.

Served warm out of the oven with a side salad, this scarpaccia makes a truly wonderful lunch or dinner.  Enjoy!

Scarpaccia Zucchini Tart

This post was originally published in May 2014. 

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  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings


  • 2 pounds zucchini
  • 1 red onion (about ½ pound)
  • 2 cups tightly packed baby spinach
  • 1 8.5-ounce jar sundried tomatoes in oil
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, plus one teaspoon for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups corn meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Approximately 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or enough to add to the oil drained from jar of sundried tomatoes to equal 1 full cup), plus more for drizzling
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a 12X16 inch sheet pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Slice zucchini into very thin slices and place in a large bowl. Slice red onion into very thin slices and add to zucchini. Also add baby spinach to bowl.
  3. Drain oil from sundried tomatoes into a cup measure and set oil aside. Cut tomatoes into quarters and add to bowl with other vegetables.
  4. Add pine nuts, basil, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, salt and pepper to the large bowl with vegetables and toss all ingredients together.
  5. In a separate bowl mix flour, corn meal and baking powder. Add this to the large bowl and toss again to mix the ingredients.
  6. In that same smaller bowl, beat eggs and sugar and add to the large bowl, mixing into ingredients.
  7. Take the reserved cup measure with the oil drained from the tomatoes and add enough olive oil to fill one cup. Add to the large bowl, mixing to combine.
  8. Finally, slowly mix in the water to the large bowl, only using enough to make a thin batter. You may not need all of the water.
  9. Pour batter into the prepared sheet pan, drizzle the top with olive oil and bake for 55-60 minutes.
  10. When it comes out of the oven, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese all over the top and drizzle with a little more olive oil and sprinkle the remaining thyme over the top.
  11. Cut into squares and serve.


Scarpaccia Zucchini Tart

Scarpaccia Zucchini Tart

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  • Marly wrote:

    I’ve never heard of a scarpaccia. Maybe I should take a site-visit to Tuscany to get a better understanding. What do you think? 😉

    • Martha wrote:

      I think that’s a great idea Marly!

  • Heather Lampman wrote:

    OK Martha. I’ve decided that I absolutely have to move in with you and Jack. I’ll work really hard if you will feed me!
    You have the BEST recipes!

    • Martha wrote:

      LOL – Thanks Heather! We could use a full-time dishwasher… 🙂 Thanks for visiting today – have a great weekend!

  • Melissa from wrote:

    I am in love with Zucchini and needed a new way to cook them. This sounds so perfect. Thanks!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Melissa!

  • Jodee Weiland wrote:

    This looks so delicious! I love zucchini, so I can only imagine how tasty this recipe is. I have to try it…thanks for sharing!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jodee! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Stephanie @ Back For Seconds wrote:

    This sounds amazing! I think I need to make this ASAP!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Stephanie!

  • Isabelle @ Crumb wrote:

    I’ve never heard of scarpaccia before, which is pretty surprising because it’s exactly like my kind of food (ie. any kind of food that has a gorgeous crispy browned top covered in cheese… mmmm… cheeeeeeese). Plus the fact that it’s made with vegetables means I can pretend it’s healthy. 🙂
    Pinned the recipe to try when the zucchini go completely bonkers in a couple of months. Can’t wait!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Isabelle! (I’ll pretend it’s healthy too!)

  • Nutmeg Nanny wrote:

    This zucchini tart looks delicious!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Brandy!

  • Brenda@SugarFreeMom wrote:

    It was a favorite in my home growing up and I love all the extra veggies you put in there. Ours was basic, just zucchini but I love the addition of sundried tomatoes and spinach and pine nuts!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Brenda! This is definitely a version that varies from the traditional recipe! (P.S. It was so nice to meet you last weekend at BlogHer Food!)

  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) wrote:

    I’ve never actually heard of scarpaccia. But I adore zucchini so I’m on board!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kim!

  • Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen wrote:

    I have never heard of scarpaccia, which makes me very sad! It sounds amazing. I think it would make a wonderful lunch. Thanks for introducing me to this dish , I’ll have to try it soon 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Sherri! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Have a great weekend!

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