Gnam in Florence- burgers and bites in the Oltrarno

Gourmet mini-burger at Gnam's aperitivo

Gourmet mini-burger at Gnam’s aperitivo

Florence works really hard to maintain a stellar eating scene. There are new foodie places popping up constantly and small wine bars on virtually every corner. Where quality usually rings in well, the service is something to be discovered. I love being a critic, like a lot of people do. More and more legal action is being threatened against bloggers and journalists for publicly expressing their critical opinion. Yes, we have officially lost our rights to free expression. I admit that I have essentially allowed myself to be bullied. However, if you are looking for reviews on the best places to eat and drink in Florence and don’t find them on my site or around my instagram feed, that probably means that they suck. Continue reading

Istanbul- the gateway to the culinary world

Travel is the spice of life

Travel is the spice of life

Travel is a wonderful gift that curiosity has given the world. Sometimes, I sit back in awe that we have the ability to reach far distances in ever shorter amounts of time. Humans have curiosity, and this curiosity leads to innovation. It is so fascinating to see how the world has evolved and how we play our parts on earth. Continue reading

#ItalianFWT: Sicilian Cannoli and Wine Pairing

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Holy cannoli!

The only Italian my mother spoke to me growing up was cannoli. There was the occasional melanzane thrown in but mom was queen of cannoli lexicon. Tragically, because they were a bit of a mission to make, appearances were reserved for special occasions and eventually disappeared into the years of my adulthood. I only saw them rise from the ashes again when my sister got married last year. Continue reading

Curious Appetite…in Istanbul!

A deliriously sweet nest of honey and pistachios. Home-style eats at the first place I discovered by gut: Hayvore in the Beyoglu.

A deliriously sweet nest of honey and pistachios. Home-style eats at the first place I discovered by gut: Hayvore in the Beyoglu.

Hello readers and friends!

This is an update to let you know where you can find me eating and drinking around for the next several days. For years I have been wanting to visit and finally the stars aligned for me to impulsively buy a ticket and book a room to just…go! Continue reading

What Giulio Says…Insider Tips about Food in Florence

This blog is about eating and drinking well. Most of the content concerns food in Florence since I am lucky enough to spend part of the year here for tours. I get some of my food recommendations from just wandering around Florence. The other half is from talking to friends and locals. The beauty about people in Italy is that they all love to talk about food and their next meal even while they are eating. Continue reading

Perseus: Time travel and Steak in Florence

People ask a lot: Where can I get a good steak, stellar red meat and the famous “Bistecca Fiorentina” in Florence? Well, there are a few good places. But one that always comes to mind is…Perseus.

Perseus Florence

This place is a trip in itself. It feels like I went back to the 80’s even though I only knew what that was like in the womb or running around tormenting my older sister as a scary, awkward burger obsessed toddler. Did I just date myself? Yes, I did. A young foreign woman in Italy talking about food, at that.   Continue reading

Aperitivo Snacks: Gourmet Crostini with Ricotta + Pistachios

I occasionally cook, it is the root of my love affair. Not to suggest I am great in the kitchen, I simply appreciate the work that goes into cooking. And to be frank, if I am paying someone else for that work- it better be worth it.

One of the things I love to make the most when I host people are aperitivo snacks. If you’ve read anything on this blog, you’ve hopefully gathered by now that I’m aperi-obsessed.  I could have a whole dinner just on finger foods and aperitivo snacks. You can be creative and arrange beautiful looking spreads, while creating a social atmosphere around eating.

I invent things mostly on what I think flavors would go together- I like to experiment. A recent experiment brought me these crusty crostini chunks of delight:

Aperi-Crostini

Aperi-Crostini

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Culinaria Bistrot: Slow Food Eating in the Oltrarno

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. May I present to you: Culinaria Bistrot:

How can I say delicious any other way?

How can I say delicious any other way?

Want to know what the slow food movement was MEANT to taste like? HERE. Very very dear people own this eatery. People with grit, people with heart. No fuss, no pretension. Reasonable pricing and truly an explosive tasting experience. I went here THREE times in one week. I never do that. Continue reading

Aperitivo Time in Florence: Basics and Tips

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Tasting sparkling wine from Valle D’Aosta (méthode champenoise) at Le Volpi e l’uva (Firenze) (Photo Credit: Flavia Cori of Tuscanycious)

 

If you haven’t gathered by now- I love aperitivo time in Italy. I adore food and wine pairing. In Italy, there are many rituals and unwritten “rules” about food and drink consumption. Personally, I believe that these rituals are what make Italians part of one of the smartest culinary cultures on earth. As an American, I notice that we lack ritual and tradition around food. As a result, I firmly believe that is one of the causes to our overall unhealthy relationship with food and alcohol.

Recently, I caught up with Tuscanycious and took them around to my favorite food and drink haunts in Florence to break down the basics in Aperitivo and basic guidelines about food and wine pairing. The link is below:

Aperitivo Time in Florence: Basic Rules and Tips

http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/allthingstuscany/tuscanycious/aperitivo-time-in-florence/

The greatest message I want to convey is not that there are rules, but that one should take food and drink imbibing step by step. Make it a social event, and most importantly- eat and drink like you give a damn!

For the love of a daily drinking habit,

The Curious Appetite

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Where to get solid panini (and carbs) in Florence.

May I confess something to you? I love all things that are baked. I think baked goods are an expression of love- so much works goes into making the stuff and it creates so much joy as a result. I go crazy when I find either a shop full of owners with passion and love to make delicious food for good pricing. Continue reading