Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Hole in the Wall Gem

One of the best travel tips I can ever impart, if I may, would be never ever to eat at the Square. You know, something like this?

We like to walk around and find a little hole in the wall place that is packed with locals. More often than not, the host will turn us away. (but we usually try our luck again the following day!)

So a little alley off the Piazza della Signoria, was this blink and you will miss it Osteria. Located just adjacent to the Museo Gucci and next to a kebab store is the 20 seater Vini e Vecchi Sapori.

The first night we were in Florence, we tried our luck, only to get turned away. They are ALWAYS booked out at least a week in advance. The host kindly told us to come again during lunch where we would stand a higher chance of getting a table. Which was what we did.

And boy! was it the best meal in Florence or what?!!!

Once you get seated, a simple handwritten menu is presented.

The host is happy to explain to you in English, if you need some translation.

From LtoR< Burrata with Parma Ham, Tripes stew, ricotta ravioli with pesto, parma>

The food was simple but so sublime. Everything is cooked in a tiny kitchen by the family and it is as close to homecooked italian as we could get. The produce was fresh and it translated through to the end product. We thought we died and went to florentino heaven.

The steak parmagiana was nothing like the cheesy crumbed chicken schnitzel that we are used to. It literally melts in your mouth. I still think of it today. The freshly made ravioli was generously stuffed with ricotta and cooked in fresh pesto. Sigh.

It was so divine that we got a little ambitious and headed back for round two at night. And literally ate till our tummies could suffer no more. The highlight of the evening was chatting with a bunch of locals who were so lovely and gracious. Full of italiano finesse. They were rather shocked to see three iphones between the two of us. O_O

We ended a night with plenty of tuscan wines and recommendations from the region from the three peeps that sat with us. Great stuff.

So yeah. Head over to Vini Vecchi Sapori for a bite when you are in Firenze. The prices are very reasonable. Just make sure you book early!

Vini e Vecchi Sapori

Via dei Magazzini 3r, 50100 Florence, Italy

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