After being in the states for 2 months, and watching the MeToo & TimesUp movement unfold, I started to wonder where Italy was in this state of gendered affairs. In Florence, I’ve noticed demonstrations raising awareness about femicide, violence and stalking. Solidarity displayed with red shoes hanging from shops and installations in major squares. Red shoes, or “scarpe rosse” states a demand for the end of violence towards women.
My latest article covers a group of pizzaiole (women pizza makers) who have banded together to put on fundraiser pizza dinners where 100% of proceeds will go towards anti-violence centers starting with a dinner March 12th 2018 raising money for P.E.T.R.A in the Verona area with intentions to make these dinners in pizzerie around the country.
Hello curious readers! The last few weeks I’ve retracted and kept my head down with various commitments. Some of which include writing about the opening of FICO Eataly World for Eater and researching dining in Bologna for an essential restaurants list.
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Eating in hotels has always turned me off but Italy has showed that sometimes the *best food is served at (very few) hotel restaurants. *Best meaning: presentation, chef-focused creations, awareness of the international palate (thus not afraid to play with flavors), service and ingredient quality. Why would you want to eat at a hotel restaurant? Because these places are pretty much the surefire bets for fine dining in a city stuck in traditional trattoria ways.
Check out my latest piece on Vogue, where I sampled several restaurants (and sweat many days at the gym to make up for it) to come to a conclusion of a fine list of 6 hotel restaurants in Florence.
Hello all who dare read! I wanted to share a cool new article I recently wrote for CONDE NAST and let you know the Saveur Favorite Food Blog Nominations are open until MONDAY July 18th (around the corner! go nominate now! Ideally including https://thecuriousappetite.com/ 🙂
The tip I’m most proud of is the the last tip about the bistecca fiorentina. The editors asked me about Il Latini and so for the last 4 years, I’ve had about zero interest to go in because the kitschy hanging prosciutti and fiaschi lined Tuscan eatery is so famous- which usually to me means mediocre food and exorbitant pricing. You know, for work I decided to make the investment to try for myself before turning down this recommendation. While I was not exactly right, because the steak was indeed excellent, the sides and primi left something to be desired whereas at Fagioli they do everything on point like the gastronomic saints they are. So while there is a picture of Il Latini on the slide- if you read you’ll see why I think Ristorante del Fagioli is where it’s at for all things steak.
Now that I’ve given you a major delicious tip, may I ask for a teeny favor in exchange?
Saveur Magazine holds an annual food blog awards and now is the time to nominate your favorite food blogs!