Curious Appetite

Month: January 2017

A Curated Guide to Restaurants & Food in Florence, Italy

Pici con le briciole

After all the random articles on the best restaurants in Florence I have scattered around, I thought to compose one whole article dedicated to where to eat in Florence- including street food, coffee shops, gelato joints and links to other guides I have composed in case you’re curious for more. These are my personal picks for the best non-touristy restaurants in Florence which are respected by locals, run by passionate chefs/cooks and are staffed with people dedicated to serving and showcasing consistently delicious, quality food in Florence. Continue Reading

The Best New Restaurants in Florence for Eater (2017)

creative “comfort spaghetti” at Essenziale, one of my top new picks in Florence right now (2017)

I recently wrote a curated list for the latest, “hottest” openings and best new restaurants in Florence for Eater, one of the most respected food media outlets based in the states.

Article here:

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Where to eat and drink in Bologna, Italy

if you are a first time visitor of my blog, I’m an American food & drink writer in Florence since 2012 but spent a month in Bologna in 2017 to develop a gourmet tour plus subsequent frequent jaunts between Florence to research and continuously study its cuisine- which fascinates me to no end!

This Bologna food tour was my little passion project, and was added to my bespoke gamma of small-group, 3 hour tasting tours focused on Florence. I sweat over many bowls of tortellini and slices of mortadella to make it perfect!

If you’re planning a visit, check out this food tour in Bologna I designed! (Led by a team of local, certified experts! I wish I could commute there every day to eat pasta and mortadella.)

(Updated: February 2020- due to the pandemic I didn’t have much opportunity to update so please call in advance. I will say Bologna thankfully is stuck in its ways and stays pretty consistent. Drop me a line if there are significant changes you noticed or a listing I should add!)

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Simple Tuscan Kale and Chickpea Winter Soup

Just add grated cheese!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe and have been reluctant to do so amidst all the chef-quality blogs and professional food photographers out there! But I thought hey! why not? There is no end-all, be-all food blog, right? There’s space even for humble soups!

I used to hate soups and hate making them, until I learned some secrets and tips that one of my dear chef friends (Melissa Miranda, who used to cook at Vivanda in Florence and now does fascinating Fillippino/Italian fusion pop-ups via Il Vizietto) and Florentine cooks taught me. Mostly, I learned to bundle aromatic herbs and throw into stock pot and/or Parmesan rinds (Heather of Merry Feast recently wrote a great post about not wasting Parmesan rinds), not tossing kale stalks, using sale grosso (chunkier, kitchen salt) to help make a soffritto sweat out flavor, and if adding dry cannellini beans, to not cook them at a roaring boil otherwise they’ll blister/wrinkle. Also, another trick I love to making a better textured soup is to use an immersion blender to blend a corner of the soup, not all of it but just enough to give a puree’ base.

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