Food-Filled Day in Florence

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Visiting the Mercato Centrale just as it was opening.

(Still no sleep, but I'm ever hopeful)

This morning, we browsed around for gifts at the San Lorenzo Market before we had to meet our Taste of Florence Guide (Antoinette) at the San Lorenzo Church for a walking food tour through Florence.  I was very excited about this tour as it had great reviews on tripadvisor, and I'm happy to report that it was as good (if not better) than those reviews!  We were the only ones who signed up for this morning's tour so it was like a private tour!  Antoinette was originally from North Carolina but has lived in Italy for 10 years.  She's lovely and knowledgeable - so I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.  (www.

tasteflorence.com)

Our tour begin at Forno di Ivana Bruschi - a bakery run by a sister and brother team.  They've been doing this forever and apparently they've never married because they are devoted to the bakery.  We had yummy little savory pastries called schiacciatas (we tried the olive and mushroom) - delish!  Then we went to a nearby pastry shop and had the most divine sfogliatella with creme chantilly - so light!  Both places are located on Via dell'Aviento.  After those little bites, we settled into Case del Vino for some wine tasting and little sandwiches.  We tried the tongue (better than expected) and the truffle butter (omg - to die for!).  Both my mom and I adored this wine shop.  The owner doesn't speak english, but his wife who makes the sandwiches speaks very good english.

San Lorenzo Market just starting up.
  Also Antoinette says their wine prices are really reasonable.  We then visited different stalls in the Mercato Centrale (the food market) and saw gorgeous produce, fresh pastas being made, delicious cheeses, etc.  At the Conti family stalls we tasted different olives, olive oil, bruschetta, balsamic vinegars, cheeses ... mmmm... all soooo good.  The truffle honey and truffle salt were so amazing, I had to buy some for home.  (I'm happy to report that I used some truffle salt on my eggs this morning and it was delicious!)  At this point, we were already bursting, but we had one final stop - Perche No - for a private gelato tasting!  mmmmmmmm!  They must have let us try about 10 flavors - chocolate, hazlenut, pistachio, walnut, persimmon, honey with sesame, semifreddo with candied chestnuts, white chocolate, strawberry .
Waiting at San Lorenzo Church for our food tasting tour to start.
.. and on and on.  The gelato shop was actually closed but they let us in for the tasting.  Mom was in 7th heaven!  Afterwards, we waddled back to our hotel room for a quick rest.

At some point, we dragged our chubby selves out to catch a cab to the Piazza Michelangelo because the weather was surprisingly sunny and good and we wanted to see the amazing views without rain.  The cab ride from the train station was about 10 euro, so not sooo bad.  You can also take the bus (I think lines 12 and 13).  This is a must-see stop in Florence.  You can see the entire gorgeous city beneath you, and it's utterly breathtaking.  From the piazza, we walked down the hill to the Arno, then to Pitti Palace, and then across Ponte Vecchio.  It only took about 20 or 30 minutes and it's nice to see the quaint town on the other less-touristy side of Ponte Vecchio.

For dinner we tried Coquinarius - a lovely wine bar/restaurant recommended by Antoinette.  It was quite good (although the service was verrrry Italian - slow but friendly).  I swear the waiter would run out for smoke breaks randomly.  We tried a mixed platter of crostini (yum), oriechiette with bacon (delicious!) and tortellini with radicchio and pumpkin (sooo good)!

We had purchased some herbal supplements for sleeping in a pharmacy near the Duomo ... hope they work...

jenn79 says:
my god, sounds like the absolute perfect day full of amazing food!! =)
Posted on: Dec 27, 2009
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Visiting the Mercato Centrale just…
Visiting the Mercato Centrale jus…
Browsing the San Lorenzo Market.
Browsing the San Lorenzo Market.
San Lorenzo Market just starting u…
San Lorenzo Market just starting …
Waiting at San Lorenzo Church for …
Waiting at San Lorenzo Church for…
Our first taste - schiacciata.  Yu…
Our first taste - schiacciata. Y…
Heres Antoinette, our guide.
Here's Antoinette, our guide.
Happy with my pastry.
Happy with my pastry.
Sfogliatella with creme chantilly …
Sfogliatella with creme chantilly…
In Casa del Vino.
In Casa del Vino.
Tongue and Truffle Butter sandwich…
Tongue and Truffle Butter sandwic…
Loads of wine!
Loads of wine!
Drinking Vino Santo.
Drinking Vino Santo.
Pecorino - the smells were fabulou…
Pecorino - the smells were fabulo…
Conti familys veggie stall - so c…
Conti family's veggie stall - so …
Delicious olives - my fav are the …
Delicious olives - my fav are the…
Tasting cheeses with different con…
Tasting cheeses with different co…
Gelato tasting at Perche No.
Gelato tasting at Perche No.
The David in Piazza Michelangelo.
The David in Piazza Michelangelo.
Gorgeous views from the piazza.
Gorgeous views from the piazza.
Walking down from the piazza.
Walking down from the piazza.
Pitti Palace.
Pitti Palace.
Dinner at Coquinarius - heres our…
Dinner at Coquinarius - here's ou…
Chicken liver pate.
Chicken liver pate.
Oriechette with bacon..mmm..
Oriechette with bacon..mmm..
Ravioli with pumpkin and radicchio.
Ravioli with pumpkin and radicchio.
Florence
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