The Bite-Sized Baker’s Adventures – Florence, Italy
I was absolutely exhausted by the time we got to Florence so our itinerary was pretty minimal in comparison to the other days. The drive from Livorno to Florence was picturesque; beautiful, old Italian villas, vineyards, fields of sunflowers, and rolling hills covered in mist. It was mesmerizing! Once we got to the center of Florence we walked around the city for a short time before we met the rest of our group for lunch at L’Osteria di Giovanni.
Tony’s father is close with the owner so we were able to have a private room and a taste-testing of the entire menu. It was outstanding and one of the best meals in Florence… I can’t stop thinking about the mozzarella cheese. It was like creamy, salty butter… But cheese.
Upon seating we were served Prosseco, red wine, and delicious coccoli; a salty, fried bread that reminded me a lot of a savory beignet. I would have been content with the coccoli, but then the waiting staff brought an assortment of antipasta; burratta, mozzarella, olives, artichokes, tomatoes, prosciutto, salame, finocchina, liver pâté, and bruschetta.
For our pasta course we were served pici with sausage and kale, potato ravioli with black truffle, and pear and pecorino ravioli with leek and paprika sauce (to die for)!
As if all of that food wasn’t enough, we were then served our main course, the restaurant’s specialty bistecca alla fiorentina. It was served rare and was the most tender meat I’ve ever tasted. Like melt-in-your-mouth-sensational. We were too stuffed to eat dessert but the restaurant sent us off with a goodie bag of homemade biscotti, which was also outstanding.
Tony and I spent the afternoon walking the streets of Florence, shopping around, walking over the bridge to view Ponte Vecchio, and visiting the Duomo. Unfortunately we weren’t able to take the tour of the inside because we were pressed for time, but we did sit down at a nearby café and had an amazing caffe latte and espresso… The latte didn’t quite satisfy by sweet tooth so we went to a gelatteria and got gelato… standard. Tony got mango, strawberry, and tiramisu and I got mint chip and caramel. Delicious.
Not a bad first day in Italy!