Italy

Firenze (Part 2: Food!)

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating in Firenze. Every market, corner bakery, and gelato shop has its own treats and it’s impossible for us to walk away without buying anything.

Let’s start our food trip with pasta. In Italy it seems you’re sure to get a good plate of it every single time.

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Our first meal in Firenze
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Fresh spaghetti with tomatoes and basil
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Tortellini with mushrooms and cream
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Ravioli with cream and truffle
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Cooked dinner one night using store-bought fettucine, tomato sauce, and parmeggiano from the market

 

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Gnochetti with cherry tomatoes and pesto
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More mushrooms!
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At Mercato Centrale
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Its looks don’t do it justice! Fresh pasta with ragu and cuttlefish.

When we’ve had too much pasta we go for risotto. There’s nothing simple when it comes to the flavors of this simple-looking dish.

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Classic carbonara
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Risotto with mushrooms
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Gnocchi with gorgonzola and spinach

There’s meat if you want it. Porchetta is one of our favorites: roast pork flavored with spices.

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Of course you have cold cuts as well, which made every breakfast exciting and worth looking forward to. We would go to the nearby grocery and get different kinds (Tess went crazy over mortadella) plus some cheeses. Slices of bread from the local bakery and some scrambled egga make it a heart breakfast. Don’t forget the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A pastry or two won’t hurt either. You only live once.

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Oh my goodness! Cheese!

Panini make good snacks or meals on their own. You’ll have a wide selection of fillings to choose from.

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Truffle cream and prociutto 

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Special mention goes to the osso bucco. The tender beef and its side of mashed potato sit on yummy oil which has been released from the meat by hours of stewing. The herb tomato sauce is packed with flavor. We imagine that even a bowl of rice topped with that rich sauce is good enough. Yuuuuum.

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Now it’s time for dessert! The Italians really know how to end their meals with a flourish.

A trip to a bakery near the Duomo at 7am!
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Canolo studded with pistachios and filled with delicious cream

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Tiramisu
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Fig tart

When in Italy, one must have gelato! The selection of flavors is wide and very interesting. You can never go wrong  with pistachio or chocolate if you want to be safe but there are also exotic flavors if you want to be more adventurous.

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Our favorite

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Apart from the Mercato Centrale we also visited the market in front of Santo Spirito church and saw a lot of interesting produce and crafts.

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That wedge is ours…the smaller one. 😀

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Image may contain: food and indoorOf course, we had to have pizza but we found this one with artichokes just average. We had some more in Rome.

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Pizza with artichokes

We didn’t forget our prosecco and wines so don’t worry.

Hope you enjoyed that little food trip. We will now continue to dream of going back and tasting the lovely flavors of Italy once again. Ciao!

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3 thoughts on “Firenze (Part 2: Food!)

    1. Oh, the food in Italy is just divine! Be ready to take a lot of gelato breaks 😀 The Florence story is in 3 parts so make sure you read them all. Hope you can also follow our site for updates, or on Facebook: @TravelwithTessandLiza

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