Curious Appetite

Food For Thought

How to spot non-touristy restaurants in Florence, Italy

I’m going to say somethings you might not like but when you ask for “non-touristy” restaurants in Florence in an attempt to avoid tourist-traps and to eat where the locals are- do you actually mean that? Also, what is wrong with being a tourist that is literally what you are. 

You do realize you are the very tourist asking where to eat without tourists like yourself? Let’s do some gentle google’ing and put some stats into perspective: Florence has about 350K registered residents and attracts around 10 million visitors per year while measuring about 40 square miles (that’s smaller than San Francisco, to give you scale). The historical center of Florence (where the boogie man tourists tend to congregate) covers roughly about 2 square miles. So knowing this- why do you think you’re so exceptional that you deserve to be the only tourist at a restaurant in a city the size of the national mall that contains millions of others just like you in it? Continue Reading

New in Florence: Enoteca Spontanea + other spontaneous thoughts

photos by Tracy Russo

I haven’t written a review in a while, as the last (nearly) 3 years since the pandemic broke have taken such a toll on the restaurant industry- I felt they would be unfair and to some extent, frivolous. Although I’ve updated my Eater guide to Florence (and this essential 18 to Bologna), doing stand-alone reviews have fallen by the wayside.

Partly because the world of blogging is changing since I started nearly 15 years ago and partly because, highlighting a singular spot in a touristic hotspot like Florence comes with a double edge sword. On the one hand, bloggers like myself (who started without “strategy”) truly enjoy sharing and highlighting new businesses. But it comes with the risk we may not be able to go anymore once it starts catching on. Continue Reading

Notes about returning to Memphis and why Southern Cuisine is amazing

The last time I wrote, I had just arrived to a chilly Memphis, Tennessee for the Saveur Blog Awards, sweetly excited yet unaware what the next days would have in store for me. Now I write from a smoky San Francisco, my heart hurting for those whose lives either taken horrifically or changed forever from the fires devastating Northern and Southern California, while mulling over how I can best express the thoughts which have been percolating. Continue Reading

Judging Europe’s Best Gelato and Postrivoro “Top Chef” Pop-Ups

Remember last year when I was judging at the Gelato Festival for the World’s Best? Well, kinda like the world cup, rounds are now running leading up to the next world competition in 2021.

This mid-September, I was on the panel to judge for the European Finals “All Stars” for title of Best in Europe, and those present at the All Stars competition were winners from previous rounds held around the world. The winners here will go on to the next rounds on the road to World’s Best.

So how was it?

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Better ask a sommelier: Andrea Galanti of Gastronomia Galanti

Dear prosecco, didn’t thing I’d pass your schooling, did you? wait, maybe I need more..

Better ask a who??? A sommelier! What’s a sommelier and why you better ask him?!

Let me first explain a bit this category. Since I maintain a food blog in Florence, I’d like to interject expert voices from time to time on this complex yet highly sought out matter. Experts to me are those who work blood, sweat and tears in what they do like chefs, sommeliers, bakers, farmers, artisans, culinary instructors (not the touristy type) and OG food critics like Ruth Reichl (an expert in expressing both soul and poignancy). Because I muse about these topics and lead wine tours in Tuscany, I wanted to provide a platform to ask experts their opinions. Also to have an excuse to drink more…you know for “research.” Continue Reading

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