It’s Not Always About Pasta

Pasta, Pizza, is that all there is in Florence,Italy? Try this but try not to make a meal of these…PASTRIES! One of my favorite places is Gillies, where they make an art of it, along with the service….

Too bad this post doesn’t have a lick and taste me app for this image.

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Lunch on the Cheap

Stuck for lunch? Starving artist? Hungry student ( and not just for knowledge) ? Well on “cheap street” mentioned in my last post, lies a few of the meanest sandwich production places in Florence,Italy.

People line up to order then sit on the sidewalk stuffing them down, and that is a gastronomical challenge. They are good, fresh due to the volume made, but one in a day and your done till tomorrow… roughly 5 euros each, along with a 2 euro cup of vino.

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Carnivore

There’s a street in Florence,Italy that I call cheap street. The reason being there’s a section of it where you can devour “flintstone” like sandwiches with a cheap glass of wine for just a few euros. In the afternoons you see scores of students and younger people lined up in several stands to order and then sit on the curb (or what passes for one) to chomp them down. They are good, no kidding, but if you make this a daily habit you won’t see 40.

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The lines were long this day but in the middle of the feasting madness we saw a sit down place with the same name and no lines..aha! I ordered, but it was too late when I noticed the carnivorous canine feeding taking place around me and for good reason..WE GOT MEAT!

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Soup

Ribollita ( twice cooked )  is a flagship soup from Tuscany, Italy made with kale, cannelloni beans,potato, and garden vegetables, served with crusty bread and drizzled with a lemony rosemary olive oil. Its consistency is a thick stew and goes well with a dry white wine… good on winter days or when you’re clogged with all the cheeses you’re eating.

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Although it I tasted slightly vinegary, I did like it and would recommend it.

 

 

 

Pizza Pie

The first thing I did on arrival in Florence,Italy is head to the Mercado for pizza ! How can you resist along with all the many other wonderful things to eat… but after two weeks in Paris, Pizza was on the top of my list.

 

Fresh ingredients, wood fired, hand made dough….get in line…

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Staying Thin in Italy..

Yea right! 

Here’s an idea….wear blindfolds and seal your nostrils because everywhere you go, just the window displays will add pounds to your expanding waistline. marzzipan-IMG_9588

 

But who really cares because in Florence, they have a cure…

walking, and there’s no end to that. All you have to do is look straight ahead and above all don’t duck into some of the cafes there or else, the secret taste buds you have in your eyes will be contacting your tongue and send vibrations down to your stomach that will quickly expand and cause you to do a multi marathon’s worth of walking.

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Wait that brings more temptation…forget about it, just enjoy as I will soon.

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What Am I Eating?!!!

I have a favorite lunch place in Florence,Italy. For just a few Euros you can get a great sandwich or pasta dish and a beer and enjoy the action of two sisters as they do a dance of serving and cooking for the local crowd. Trippa, a Florentine specialty is on order, and being one with the abitanti I placed my order….( I drank the beer before it came)

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It was well made and tasty with a slight crackle and smooth interior although I had never tasted this before…  After lunch I headed out to photograph some food at the local Mercato, another high spot in Firenze when I saw the prime ingredient….

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OMG! I now look at cows differently than before and no longer have the stomach for this tasty treat!

But don’t let me stop you, I don’t like tongue either…  and I will be back there for  more of the other wonderful things they make.

 

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