Articles Tagged ‘restaurants’

Dealing with Scams in Florences

Dealing with Scams in Florences August 10, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Florence is not a place you must constantly watch your back, but like any city you are unfamiliar with you must be aware of what the city is offering you. As I have mentioned before one of the biggest scams in Florence, as well as all over Italy, is the selling of the fake designer bags. These bags are...

Best Pizza in Florence

Best Pizza in Florence July 25, 2011 | Food, What's New | Read More
Pizza. Pasta. Bistecca. These are all token dishes you can find in Florence. Pizza places can be found around every corner, from pizzerias or pizza a taglio (pizza by the slice) joints. Now there are many pizzerie (pizzerias) in the center of Florence that claim to be the best in town and, alas, it’s...

Dinner and a Movie

Dinner and a Movie June 8, 2011 | What's New | Read More
In Piazza Beccaria, Astra 2 cinema is being transformed. The traditional cinema will be more than just a movie theater. The plan is to make the venue suitable for live music, poetry readings and other culture events. Some other features that will be added are a gallery, an 80-seat restaurant and a lobby...

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...

The Hard Rock Cafe opening next year

The Hard Rock Cafe opening next year October 16, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Where the old Gambrinus, a historical cinema that has been closed for a number years, will stand the new Hard Rock Cafe in Florence. Located in Piazza della Repubblica, just down from the Edison bookstore under the porticoes. Mayor Renzi believes opening this historic building up once again will start...

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...

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...