Where to eat in Florence with locals.

IMG_2598Italians tend to eat at home and go out for meetings,  special dinners with friends. So when someone asks  us where to eat in Florence, we feel a bit embarrassed because we have not tried so many restaurants.Now with the niece who studies in town we have more occasion to go out and “live the city”. Lately we have found and tried some cute  small places.

IMG_2525La Caffetteria Oblate , perhaps not so special for the furniture but in a magnificent location. When you arrive you find a library, well organized, and if you go to the second floor you can have a coffee or eat with the beautiful view of Brunelleschi’s Dome in front of you.On the first floor there is also a baby Pit Stop ,a place  perfect when it’s  babies feeding or changing time. Particular not to be underestimated when a mamma is walking in town. www.caffeteriadelleoblate.it

IMG_2502With a couple of vegetarian friends we found Simbiosi ,it  offers a menu suitable for everyone, even something vegan.They have organic food . The environment is nice and you can choose the pizzeria in Via de’Ginori at no. 56R or the restaurant in Via de’Ginori  at nr. 58/60R .The dishes are traditional ones  revisited in a modern style

IMG_2508and with the the staff cooks/plates in front of you.www.simbiosi.bio

IMG_2595In Oltrarno a traditional restaurant that has been doing typical Tuscan cooking for 50 years  Trattoria La Casalinga in Via dei Michelozzi  9R. Casalinga means home made,home style.

IMG_2587The tables are set  very simply  but  the menu  hanging outside gives the idea that you can try traditional dishes  such as  Minestrone di Riso e Cavolo ,Tagliatelle alla Nana (Duck) And  you ‘ll hear it is frequented by Florentines, both for work and with the family. www.trattoriacasalinga.it

Buon appetito… for now!

Ricotta GF Cheese Cake

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This recipe was published years ago in our blog connected to  our Toscana Mia Cooking School web site.As we now closed that blog  we want to offer this recipe here : it is great in many occasion and perfect for a typical Italian  breakfast.It is a traditional Italian cheese cake with the great advantage that is simple  and completely Gluten Free. Continue reading

Eat Vegetables in Tuscany

 

DSC08312-1.jpgTuscan  cuisine is  very well known for its beautiful fish and meat dishes  but also for a great  variety of vegetable dishes . Continue reading

Winter Shopping in Florence

IMG_3704The other day we decided to do the traditional “passeggiata in centro”(a downtown walk),looking  for presents  and practising  window shopping  we had  not done for so long .

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Artichokes Etruscan Way Recipe

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArtichoke -Carciofi is one of the most interesting and special vegetables we eat in Italy.It takes a moment to be prepared, to be cooked but the final result is so good.Every time we start working with them we think how somebody decided to cook with them. Anyway the time they need is worthwhile for  this beautiful Tuscan recipes Continue reading

When in Tuscany try Meat and Poultry

When in Tuscany ,try the variety of  “secondi piatti “we have.In Italy the “secondo piatto” is the second dish, the one following pasta or risotto or soup.We do not serve the pasta and meat   together:we may serve the meat and poultry  with vegetable on the same dish.

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