Between researching stops for my progressive dining tour in Florence and eating out (aka my favorite thing), I have come to find the restaurants in Florence who serve excellent pasta- so I wrote a dining guide all about if for Vogue Magazine.
Here is the link to the article now on Vogue: Where to Find the Best Pasta in Florence
My first job in Italy involved assisting & translating cooking classes. We made fresh pasta during every lesson, taught by a little Italian nonna who didn’t speak English. It was one of the most fulfilling jobs I ever had- I was able to put my Italian language to use which I spent years at University learning plus doing something with my passion for cuisine.
After doing who knows how many lessons and rolling out pasta, making tagliatelle, gnudi and tortelli- I sort of became discerning about my pasta. Now I prefer tagliatelle from paper thin sheets, even if I’m not sure if this is the “right” way. I can’t stand if tagliatelle strands are thick (in height) and I can’t explain how, but I usually can tell when fresh pasta is made in-house or when they have bought it from a industrial pastificio. I love making pasta at home just as much as I love eating pasta. Now on to pursuing an independent career, I still learn pasta secrets from the local culinary experts on the pasta making classes I help arrange.
This is a quick cheat sheet to what I listed, plus the photos which couldn’t fit online
1. Il Magazzino
3. Il Locale
4. Buca del’Orafo
5. Club Culinario Toscano Da Osvaldo
6. Trattoria Cammillo
7. Mercato Centrale (La Pasta Fresca and Il Tartufo)
In your pastatarian trust,
Hey! I always post tastes when I’m researching pieces- get sneak peaks via my instagram feed! And if you wanna hit up my picks for the best restaurants in town, join my progressive dinner crawl (the original evening/dining food tour in Florence!)