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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

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

Announcing: Florentine Gourmet Club by Curious Appetite!

Hello readers! If you follow me on social media or are one of my newsletter subscribers, you may have noticed a mention or few about this new Florentine Gourmet Club

What’s it all about?

This is a food club, similar to a wine club, in which we send educational material like ingredient guides & recipes passed down to our writers from their Italian grandmothers along with a fine selection of Italian foods. We collaborate with the finest larders in Florence to curate a specialty Italian food basket, which is mailed from Florence to you. Continue Reading

Where to Eat on the Cheap & Budget Dining in Florence, Italy

 

One of my least favorite questions to get from people, whether friends or strangers, are “can you recommend a restaurant Florence dove si mangia bene ma per poco. (where you eat well but paying little)” Even worse, is when someone asks “where is a good place for aperitivo in Florence that has loads of food and doesn’t cost a lot.” Or even better “where can I eat well, with a view, in the center, eat well and pay little.” I decided to respond to my least favorite question with a curated, quality round-up of cheap eats & budget restaurants in Florence.  Continue Reading

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