Curious Appetite

Month: March 2016

Thoughts on Florence’s dining scene (on Eater!)

(photo credit: Gurdulu’ Firenze)

Hey guys! I’m really stoked about the latest feature I wrote for Eater.com (and if you don’t know what Eater is- it’s basically a handy site/online mag for food & drink culture news)

This was a piece that marinated in my brain for some months. I got to talk to many awesome chefs and food purveyors, and best of all- my understanding of cuisine went a little bit further down the rabbit hole.  Continue Reading

Trattoria Enzo e Piero (Florence, Italy)

outside Trattoria Enzo e Piero

The Trattoria is a sacred place to me. It is intended to represent the most intimate corners of Italian dining culture and the real deal in terms of eating out. This is what Italian food is. As a guide for food tours in Florence, I often get asked “whats the difference between a Trattoria, Osteria and Ristorante?” Continue Reading

Taste Food Festival in Florence 2016

(credit: Pitti Immagine http://www.pittiimmagine.com)

Hey there! Apologies for being a teensy bit late on this, but the night I wanted to make a post on this, I was actually at a Taste event on Thursday…! Which you did not miss anything but an overpriced aperitivo (25eu) and a poorly printed (with sloppy google translated) release of a “foodie” guide to Florence from Firenze Spettacolo. The book you then could buy at a “promo” cost of 5eu. The guide itself was nothing surprising and somewhat hit-and-miss in terms of recommendations and in my opinion, not worth the 12 euros (the non-promo listed price.)  The event itself was saved by cool snack stands present such as Gastronomia Galanti and Trattoria Da Burde (serving up Ribollita and Farinata soup) but other than those 2 and an outdated hotel space, the event was worth missing.

Despite my bittersweet kick-off experience to the events for Pitti Taste, there are more legit food-centric events worth checking out, I promise. What is Pitti Taste/Fuori di Taste? It’s an annual FOOD festival where basically there are special dinners, lunches, demos, events and tastings held at restaurants, bars and cooking schools around town to showcase excellency and new tricks in the Tuscan food scene deemed Fuori di Taste events. There is also a central showroom space (Stazione Leopolda) where loads of purveyors are present to sample and taste off their goods. The cool part of this event is say you’ve been curious about L’Ora di Aria, Florence’s 1 Michelin star “innovative” restaurant and Marco Stabile– during Taste you can sample a special menu at a promo price (just 45eu for Michelin-star dining) Of course, Michelin-star is not-the-end-all-be-all of fine dining. For those really interested in cuisine, experiencing (and understanding) the whole Michelin craze is beneficial for getting a well-rounded understanding of culinary culture.      Continue Reading

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