Looking for a place for a nice dinner in Florence? Look no further!
But first make sure to enjoy the views of the sunset over Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo. It is a must if you are ever visiting Florence! Enjoy the best view of Florence Cathedral, also known as Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, and look at the colours changing over the city while the mountains start to appear in the background.
Had enough? Feeling hungry? Good!
Head down toward the city centre but stay on the south bank of the Arno river. Walk along the Arno on Borgo S. Jacopo street. After a 15-minutes walk you should reach Trattoria Cammillo!
The traditional trattoria is something out of a movie! The outside is vintage and very welcoming after a long day walking around the city.
The interior is very traditional and the waiters seem to have worked there their entire life. All of them are very elegant, extremely knowledgeable and their service is delivered with a bit of Italian wit, which oh so charming. You can tell they are very proud to work at Trattoria Cammillo!
Pick a glass of wine (or a bottle) from the extensive wine menu.
One tip, if like me you feel overwhelmed when choosing wine, when in Tuscany you can never really go wrong by ordering a Chianti or a Montepulciano!
Now the food… Oh the food!!!
Once again, just like in an American romantic comedy where the hero goes to Italy to find themselves, the meaning of life and eat all the food. The plates are simple, the dishes are traditional, and everything is delicious.
We weren’t feeling very adventurous that night and went for classics, and Trattoria Cammillo didn’t disappoint. A caprese salad to start (tomato and mozzarella).
Followed by the most delicious mushroom pasta, COVERED with fresh truffle and parmesan!
We ended the dinner happy and full, very, very full, as the before and after pictures below demonstrate!
We didn’t book a table and were very lucky as Trattoria Cammillo can get really busy! I would definitely recommend making a reservation if you can.
In London, you find pubs at every street’s corner, in Italy, you find gelaterias in every streets; little bit like the London pubs not all gelaterias are the same. If like us, you are a little bit of a foodie (Food-snob? Yep, maybe!) you will be desperately looking for THE best gelato, and in the process pulling up a bit of weight.
So let’s save your waistline and some time! We found the best gelato in Tuscany and it happens to be in San Gimignano.
It is one of the most beautiful villages in the region, famous for its medieval towers, so you can kill two birds with one stone by visiting the place while enjoy a fig and ricotta gelato (yes it’s a flavour, and yes it’s delicious).
San Gimignano is about an hour out of Florence and 45 minutes out of Siena, so once again you will need a car to get there. When the said car is parked, head to the main square. You will see a queue forming in front of a small shop entrance. You found it! Here is Gelateria Dondoli!
Join the queue, but don’t worry, you won’t get bored! Sergio Dondoli, the owner and Maestro Gelatiere will be there to keep you company. He joins the crowd, introduces himself and shares his passion for gelato. If you have the chance to meet him, like we did, make sure to ask for his recommendations!
After 10-15 minutes, here you are, in front for the dozens of flavours. It can be a little overwhelming to choose, hence why I took zero pictures at that point as I was too busy drooling.
If you feel adventurous, go for some of their specialities, one even has gorgonzola in it! If you feel more conventional, a classic like fragola or nocciola will never disappoint. No matter what your choice is, it will be delicious!
Now go and walk that gelato off in San Gimignano!
Italy is famous for its beautiful landscapes, its world-famous historical sights and… Its food! There is nothing more comforting than a delicious pasta dish, am I right?
As I mentioned in previous posts, when in Italy I love to stay in agriturismos, which means that often we have a little kitchen available and can cook our own meals when we fancy it. It is a great way to save a bit of money. But saving money doesn’t mean compromising on quality! If you like cheese and cured meat (or charcuterie as we say in France) and if you happen to be in Tuscany, there is a place you absolutely have to visit!
***Warning! Vegetarians, you may want to look away now as this shop is a meat lover paradise.***
Antica Macelleria Falorni is the Italian delicatessen shop of your dreams! It is old, it smells of cheese and ham, it is family owned and very famous in Tuscany. Even the locals go there!
You will find it in the centre of Greve in Chianti, a small village about 50-minutes drive from Florence and 60-minutes drive from Siena. It is good to note that roads in Tuscany aren’t the most direct so it always takes a little bit of time to get around.
Park the car and walk into the city centre. On the main square you will find the local market and hidden behind the stands an archway.
This is where you will find Antica Macelleria Falorni!
Antica Macelleria Falorni opened in 1806 and has since been an institution. Their speciality is salami but they do also offer an extensive selections of hams, cheese and wine.
Most of their charcuterie is made of pork / maiale, boar / cinghiale (my favourite!) and beef / chianina.
Cheese lovers will be in awe in front of the multiple ‘cheese towers’!
Ok, so now it is time to shop for a homemade antipasto among their dozens of cured meats and cheeses.
I highly recommend their wild boar salami, their prosciutto and some of their stronger (I am French) pecorrino, a traditional hard Italian cheese.
A lot of their products are packed in air-sealed bags so you could also take one for the road on your way back home! Bonus!
Now head back to your accomodation, pour yourself a glass of wine, put together an antipasto plate and relax. The Italian dream life…
Looking for a nice little spot for a refreshing glass of wine in Rome, away from the touristy crowd? Follow me!
There is that little spot I know, right off Piazza Navona.
Head south of the Piazza. Walk past the touristy restaurants and head to the tiny Piazza di Pasquino. This is where you will find Cul de Sac (‘dead-end’ in French). The name may be French but the products are very Italian!
The wine bar is not huge but it has a lovely terrace. We decided to grab a bite inside as it was pretty hot on that day and we could do with an hour in the shade.
Grab a sit a choose from the thousands of bottles of wine surrounding you! We went for rose (of course!).
Once the beverage of your choice on the table, order as many sharing platters as your belly can handle! Everything is delicious!
Nothing fancy there, just very high quality products.