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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Ravioli with truffle cream sauce
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Tagliatele with mushrooms
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Cheers!
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Another yummy plate of ravioli
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Fresh is what this pasta is
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Gnocchi with pesto and tomatoes
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Fresh pasta with ragu and cuttlefish. The noodles were cooked perfectly and the sauce slightly spicy
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Tortellini with mushrooms and cream
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Late lunch at Mercato Centrale
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Carbonara
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Gnocchi with gorgonzola and cream
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Bought fresh pasta from the neighborhood pasta shop and tomato sauce from the market. Threw in some fresh parmesan (also from the market) and some pancetta

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.DSCF5870 (600x800)

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 eggs make it a hearty 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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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 prosciutto with some aperol spritz

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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.DSCF6033 (800x600)

 

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

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Tiramisu
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Fig tart
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Getting a canolo near the Duomo at 7 A.M.!

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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 more exotic flavors if you want to be more adventurous.DSCF5975 (600x800)

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Our favorite gelateria in Florence

 

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

 

 

 

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More food options on the second floor of Mercato Centrale. We had lunch at the more homey section downstairs.
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Cooking school
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There was a long line for this parmiggiano

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Interesting gourds
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Grapes
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Lovely tomatoes

Of course, we had to have pizza but we found this one with artichokes average in our opinion. Maybe we didn’t know where to look. We had some more pizza in Rome.DSCF5869 (600x800)

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

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I had proseco while watching the free show at the piazza…in my pajamas!

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!DSCF5644 (800x600)

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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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