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Ara e’ Sud: Is this New Sicilian?

Perfectly toothsome paccheri dressed with balanced tangy wild fennel and gamberi @AraE’Sud

On my last trip to London, someone asked me: is there something like “New Italian” happening in Florence? An extremely interesting question, as in the states we have “New American” and of course in the UK you have similar concepts, and this “New” term is something that suggests modern visits on traditional classics.  Continue Reading

Better Ask a Chef- Damiano of Club Culinario Toscano Florence

photo credit: Silvio Palladino

Welcome to the very first post of Better Ask a Chef! This new category of posts where I interview my favorite chefs in the world, starting with Florence, to get tips on eating in the city to how to do things in kitchen better according to a chef. When I requested to meet with the chef of Club Culinario for this interview, I had prepared a series of questions, only for them to be crumpled by the wayside and totally taken through the ringer for anything having to do with the current state of Florence’s dining art.

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Restaurants in Florence- top picks of 2015

Polenta and ragu, artichokes and potato puree and ribollita…where’s the pizza and pasta you may ask?

It’s been a gluttonous year in this tiny city- and I’ve only scratched the surface. Florence is a TINY city, but there are nearly 3,000 eateries! I want to stay within normal BMI and cholesterol parameters, here! I’ve done my best to eat at as many places as possible, to meet the chefs, to see what was worth the almighty buck and also what was worth our time. Continue Reading

An alternative guide to the "best" restaurants in Florence

Do you really want to eat from a blatant tourist menu’?

“Stuffing feathers up your ass does not make you a chicken” is one of my favorite quotes from Fight Club. Just because a thousand people with unproven enogastronomic credibility reviewed an eatery on tripadvisor as the best pizza in Florence, does not make it the best pizzeria in Florence.

I’m not saying 3rd party sites like tripadvisor don’t have their place or worth- it just seems to have become gospel for some food hunting travelers. I find that the people worth trusting online 1st are bloggers who live, have lived and/or continue to spend time/visit that place (and stay in the good graces of the locals there) or those who actually know good food either by writing about food, knowing cooks, having taken culinary tours or classes and who aren’t bad cooks themselves. Like pasta- how can someone really recommend the best pasta if they’ve never made it themselves or understand the curious anecdotes behind al dente? Continue Reading

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