Curious Appetite

Where to eat in Florence on Christmas Day (updated 2017)

photo credit: Silvio Palladino
photo credit: Silvio Palladino

Are you looking for where to eat in Florence on Christmas day? Fear not, traveling food lovers! Curious Appetite did all the dirty work of calling around Florence, even across the world as currently I’m hanging out on the West Coast spending the holidays with friends & fam. The pickings for what’s open in Florence on christmas day are tight & clean including Persian kebab, Georgian dumplings, traditional spots for Florentine fare & steak and pasta & pizza bars. I first compiled this list in 2016 and have updated it for your dining delight.  Continue Reading

A gift idea for food lovers: Curious Appetite’s Gourmet Box!

these biscotti will be in this Holiday’s gourmet box- don’t miss out!

Hi readers! As you may have read before, I curate a super sweet food delivery service in collaboration with a specialty market larder in Florence. I’ve termed it the Florentine Gourmet Club and it’s a hand-picked box of gourmet Italian ingredients sent from Florence to your doorstep. Ingredients include, but are not limited to: EV Olive Oil, farmstead pecorino cheeses & parmigiano-reggiano, aged balsamic vinegars, truffle salts & honey, biscotti, specialty Italian roasted coffee, Bronte pistachio paste and loads more! Depending on the level you subscribe to, each box contains a minimum of 5-15 specialty products with a recipe developed by a local food journalist, ribbon-wrapped curious fact sheets, a designed tote bag and various personalized touches.  Continue Reading

FICO Eataly World Opening & 18 Essential Restaurants in Bologna

Hello curious readers! The last few weeks I’ve retracted and kept my head down with various commitments. Some of which include writing about the opening of FICO Eataly World for Eater and researching dining in Bologna for an essential restaurants list.

Article links here if you’d like to cut to the chase:

The 18 Essential Restaurants in Bologna via Eater

Inside Eataly World, Italy’s Massive Food Theme Park 

If you’re curious about my unfiltered assessment on FICO and how I developed the Bologna dining guide- read on! Continue Reading

An Italian gift idea for cocktail enthusiasts: The Negroni Box!

Hello readers and anyone who has randomly stumbled upon my blog for the 1st time! I wanted to let you know what’s new for Curious Appetite’s Florentine Gourmet Club: The Negroni Box! Why come to Florence when we can send one of the world’s best Negroni to your doorstep? The Negroni Club is a curated box of all you need to make a Negroni with recipes, info sheets, tools and of course- the booze! This is a unique gift idea from Italy envisioned for the vermouth, bitter & gin enthusiasts around the world.  Continue Reading

New farm-to-table openings in Florence’s Sant’Ambrogio district

Sant’Ambrogio to me is the city’s culinary landmark. It has the daily food market and some of the best restaurants in the city. Personally, this is where the heart of Florence’s food culture beats and where I learned the bulk of how to cook Tuscan food, gleaning secrets from fellow shoppers and my favored purveyors. In Sant’Ambrogio, you find the institutions boasting Florence’s gastronomic specialties like cafe & bakery Nencioni, the pop & son run street cart of Via de’ Macci who does lampredotto & tripe, a couple wine treasure chests like Sosta de’ Papi and Enoteca Sant’Ambrogio, Gilda’s vintage accoutered sweet & soulful Tuscan restaurant, Marco’s Semel and his signature panini and of course Fabio Picchi’s Cibreo empire.

One of the best parts about this quarter is being a bit off the beaten path, one can relish in a slice of Florence without the crushing crowds. This is why I choose my gourmet market tour to taste around here- to give visitors a chance to experience not only great food but genuine culture. Continue Reading

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