Curious Appetite

Where to Eat in Florence

Ora d’Aria, Florence

Ora d’Aria, Florence’s one-star wonder near the Uffizi Gallery

Until this year, I never experienced a meal at a Michelin-star restaurant- in Florence, Italy or anywhere. Part of this is because Seattle’s fine dining scene is somewhat non-existent and my first years in Florence were spent “faccendo la gavetta“, putting in my dues so to speak. The Michelin-star restaurant title had been one with both allure and eyeball “give-me-a-break” rolling, but still nevertheless a curiosity…I wanted to know what it was all about. Continue Reading

5 Best: Where to eat traditional Tuscan in Florence

pappa al pomodoro, take a break from pasta for this

Most people coming to Florence, will be hopefully be looking for “authentic”, non-touristy food. Chances are that if you are looking for “authentic” food, you may not realize that what you should be looking for are: places that do traditional food of their region well. Continue Reading

New fish spot openings in Florence (2016)

Last year, I wrote a list on Florence’s new openings for Eater.com and to be honest- selecting a respectable list of 10 had its challenges. However, this year is looking like it’ll be a cinch thanks to some venues which break the traditional Tuscan mold. Moreover, there seems to be a trend (or perhaps demand) for seafood restaurants in Florence.  Continue Reading

The best panini in Florence (that’s not All’Antico Vinaio)

salami florence panini brunori

I’ll say it- there is more to panini in Florence than l’Antico Vinaio. And if you’re wondering why they are extremely famous, consider this failproof recipe: thousands (13K+) of tripadvisor reviews mostly since they’ve been listed for ages, larger-than-life panini and cheap wine all for under 5-10€.

The panini at l’antico vinaio are good, even delicious, but for me not worth to me waiting up to an hour in line for. Bear in mind in reading this post, I’m not here to rag on any particular business, and food is extremely personal, but rather offer up some alternative suggestions.

Italian panini, are meant to be simple and traditionally included few ingredients: primarily cheese and/or meat. It seems that they’ve become monstrous man vs. food feasts here! Not that I don’t enjoy a decadent massive panino, but again, I suggest folks to consume info (and food) with a discerning palate.

I am suspicious of the ingredients in terms of what’s actually in their spreads and where they source their meats/cheeses from. My personal tastes goes towards more artisan style eateries, where ingredient sourcing/quality is emphasized. Not always thought, I do enjoy junk food from time to time! But I get a lot of questions “is Antico Vinaio really that good?” Yes- it is but in case you don’t want to wait in line for an hour, here are some alternatives.  Continue Reading

Unique dining experiences in Florence

Scallops with Iberico Jamon paired with Tuscan Traminer Grappa is not your usual Trattoria fare

In the last posts, I’ve been harping on “Florence is so traditional, get with the times bla bla bla.” I’m one that firmly believes, if you have a problem, find a solution. Not that eating extremely traditional food in Florence is a problem, but let’s be honest…eating at a traditional trattoria every night (or every occasion you have to eat out) is and will get boring very quickly. Unless, you are one of those people that like monotony, consistency and predictability. One of my favorite quotes, and probably one of my life’s mottos (besides the only real mantras you need in life: yuck and yum) is:

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative” by Oscar Wilde. Continue Reading

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