My friend Laura brought my attention to Pangies one evening, saying we really should try it out. It opened this year on February 23rd. The owners are a family. Mario, the father, Antonella, the mother, and the two daughters Laura and Francesca. As we walked in, we were greeted very kindly by Laura. We seated ourselves right next to where the magic happens behind the counter.
We were offered a taste of a pumpkin in sauce so scrumptious, I ate my half up in a instance. Then in true fashion, Laura and I are obsessed with fegatino (chicken liver) served on a crostino so we ordered one big crostino with fegatino and then another big one with salmon. Each were only 2 euro. The night was starting out just right. :)
We went through the menu and before we figured out what we wanted as a main course, Antonella let us taste her melanzane parmigiano(eggplant parmesan). (Speechless). The eggplant was baked and not fried. I honestly have no words to describe it. You must taste it yourself. Trust me.
I ordered the pollo arrosto con patate (roasted chicken with potatoes) and Laura got pollo con porcini (chicken with porcini mushrooms). We were beside ourselves with the heavenly food we were grateful to eat. I honestly can say I haven’t eaten so well in Florence in a long time. It was paired with a conversation Mario was happily giving to us. Being away from home, it is always great to feel at home in a place with real people from Florence. I felt as if we were at their home on a Sunday afternoon enjoying the atmosphere and conversation that we were absorbing.
Time passed and the dessert question came up. Being an HUGE fan of tiramisù, I couldn’t pass up the chance to eat Mario’s special recipe. Again my friends absolutely NO words can express how much I am in love with Mario’s tiramisù. I am convinced even if I asked for the recipe and tried to make it at home, I wouldn’t get the same satisfaction like I did that night.
Laura enjoyed her own ‘I can’t pass up if they ask me’ dessert, Vin Santo with biscotti. The food here is made with heart, love and true joy of being able to share their family recipes with the visitors that frequent their bistro. There is a lot of love in this family. Laura and I felt we could stay the whole night.
As the dinner drew to a close, they offered up an after dinner grappa to help us digest. Laura was unable to finish hers, I happily helped her out. :)
Mario, Antonella and Laura were a delight. We vowed to bring our friends and family to experience this place. The prices are above all a steal, so reasonable with the quality to match. You will not be disappointed. I believe it is the conversation that makes it even better. Antonella told me that a few evenings before, Mario ended up sitting with a bunch of Australian students as if he was one of their friends. Talking, conversing and overall giving them an experience they will never forget. It is by far added to my list of favorite places to eat with a family that welcomes you into their home without a question. We left feeling sad, we really didn’t want to leave them. Again being among a loving family makes me long for my own. Mario, Antonella and Laura hugged and kissed us goodbye. We promised we would be back REAL soon, surely with our friends.