The Zerasca sheep breed has managed to maintain its characteristics unaltered over time, thanks to the isolation of its native Lunigiana. These hardy sheep are medium-large in size, with a well-proportioned head, long horns and a white coat. They are kept indoors only during the coldest months, and spend the rest of the year being pastured. In this part of Tuscany, pastures still cover significant expanses of land, and thanks to the lack of industrial activity in the area, they are still wild and unpolluted. The most traditional dish is lamb “al testo”, cooked in a cast-iron pot set over burning coals.
Lamb meat can be found during the year according to the breed's reproductive cycles, and is especially common between December and April.