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An Osteria with charm, conversation and Tartufo

An Osteria with charm, conversation and Tartufo October 27, 2010 | Food | Read More
Osteria da Ganino was founded in 1987 by Henri, born in France, and Angelo, from Campania.  They have a clientele that varies from tourists to Italians.  Usually the tourists arrive early and the Italians arrive after.  I was lucky enough to sit near the counter where Giuseppe and Laura made...

Pangies Bistrot: Family, Conversation and Homemade Tiramisù

Pangies Bistrot: Family, Conversation and Homemade Tiramisù October 12, 2010 | Food, What's New | Read More
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....

Students in Florence: Where to eat, Where to go

Students in Florence: Where to eat, Where to go September 20, 2010 | Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Let’s go back 8 years when Katie was a student.  Well, I frequented places that really aren’t my cup of tea now.  My experience was amazing.  It changed the way I look at the world outside the US.  I was based in Fiesole about a 20 minute bus ride from Piazza San Marco, for 3 months in 2002....

An Evening at Cantina Barbagianni

An Evening at Cantina Barbagianni September 16, 2010 | Food, Nightlife, What's New | Read More
I arrived a bit later than my intended arrival at Cantina Barbagianni .  I was greeted kindly by Efrem, one of the owners.  He explained the locale to me, what they usually have going on.  They have a back room for business lunches if need be, lined with wine bottles along the walls.  It definitely...

Tasting and Reflecting at Riflessi Ristorante

Tasting and Reflecting at Riflessi Ristorante September 9, 2010 | Food, Hotels, Things to Do | Read More
I entered Riflessi Ristorante with a breeze from Via Cavour.  I was greeted by the waiters and sat myself near the illuminated waterfall.  The hotel I have never seen and since it is on the busy street of Via Cavour, it is rare that I notice things.  I am either flying down the street on my bike...

Italian Language Tips: Lesson 3

Italian Language Tips: Lesson 3 August 27, 2010 | Food, Nightlife, Travel Tips | Read More
You have crossed the big blue ocean to entice your taste buds of the Tuscan cuisine.  You are walking along the cobblestones in Florence and decide to stop in a Trattoria, Osteria or Ristorante.  What is the difference between the 3 types of eating establishments? A Trattoria is considered less formal...

Supermarket sweep in Florence

Supermarket sweep in Florence July 7, 2010 | Food | Read More
When traveling through Florence during the summer, you want to first and foremost to feel cool since the humidity takes a lot out of you during a day of touring.  There are many supermarkets placed around the city like Centro, Despar, Meta, to name a few.  A suggestion to you all, the mercati...

Hidden Gems of Florence

Hidden Gems of Florence April 19, 2010 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Florence contains some of the most magnificent pieces of art and architecture.  There is the Duomo, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio.  So many works of art are located in the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell’Accademia.  I know that the main attractions bring millions...

Top 10 Wine Bars in Florence

Top 10 Wine Bars in Florence April 8, 2010 | Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
When you think of Tuscany, wine definitely comes to mind.  I sit here now writing this article with a nice red wine next to me.  Wine is something that fits with a plate of pasta, a bistecca fiorentino and of course with cheese and olives.  Wine bars are around every corner in Florence, but only the...

From Tripe to Kebabs

From Tripe to Kebabs April 4, 2010 | Food | Read More
Fast food in Florence isn’t just referring to McDonalds.  There are specific things that are significant to Florence’s street food. The obvious slice of pizza, is always a great stop for a quick bite to eat.  But have you ever thought about trying tripe? Tripe is made from only the first...
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