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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

Trattoria Enzo e Piero (Florence, Italy)

outside Trattoria Enzo e Piero

The Trattoria is a sacred place to me. It is intended to represent the most intimate corners of Italian dining culture and the real deal in terms of eating out. This is what Italian food is. As a guide for food tours in Florence, I often get asked “whats the difference between a Trattoria, Osteria and Ristorante?” 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 eno-gastronomic 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 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 standards behind al dente? Continue Reading

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