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I’ve been back from my very first trip from Italy for about 2 months now but I am still dreaming of some of the dishes I’ve had.  Everything is just so fresh and well thought out….it’s not about quantity, but quality.  The Italians definitely take great pride in their dishes.  I hardly saw any food chains, it’s all sort of family owned restaurants that’s been around for generations and it shows in the food.

My absolute favorite city was Florence.  It had such an old world feel along with an underlying romantic presence.  Yet so chic and modern at the same time. Florence is MAGICAL!  I’ve never been to such a place with so many facets.  Not to mention I had some of my favorite foods here.  Here’s some of my favorite picks!


Do order the famous “White Tiger” pizza.  This pizza has won awards!  Enough said.


Mercato Centrale

You can spend hours exploring this unique marketplace full of produce stands and food artisans not to mention a huge second floor to explore and sit to enjoy your finds.  My favorite is on the first floor produce section.  There is a little seafood stand (just follow the scent) frying up the freshest seafood.  We’re talking jumbo sized prawns and calamari.  YUM.


Trattoria Sostanza

If I had to fly back to Italy to have ONE dish.  This would be it.  Trattoria Sostanza is nothing for the eyes, it’s a small no frills restaurant with communal tables.  But DO make reservations, it fills up quickly…for two words, Butter Chicken. Well ok, I mean petti di pollo al burro.  I’ve never had anything so delectable.  Crispy fresh fried chicken sizzling in the most incredible butter sauce.  I can’t even.


II Latini

The service blows, the place was hot as meatballs, but I had the best gosh darn steak here.  The famed Florentine steak.  It was as big as my head but yes did I demolish it.  Crispy charred on the outside and rare as can be on the inside.  I felt like there was no way I could get a steak like this in the States and I enjoyed every.single.bite.