The Amazing Florian Restaurant in Florence(yes of the Venecia family)
The Waiter, Daniele, the Cook, Massimiliano(the best up and coming chef of Italy 2015, and Julian.
"Tell people that if they come to dinner they can say they come from emmeanesbook and receive any cocktail we make with the dinner courtesy of us...!" WOW now SEX on THE BEACH or 007!
Famous in Florence, Italy, the World renown leathers...TORO leathers 8 locations...
When I walked into the TORO leathers I had my eye on a backpack...lambskin lovely wonderful soft supple and of course totally expensive...and had to interview the owner...CIAO I say and all the guests come running in from America...California, New York, and Miami of course. "Wow I am from Montana, here is my Driver's License," says the fun kind owner, Mossi. All the Americans are like O cool from America. "I lived 10 years in Montana and the only thing in Montana is land and Cowboys!" he says. "I love to talk to the Americans when they travel to Florence. The main thing that I love about that culture is that they have a great amount of trust. They ask my opinion and since we're only one of 6 original leather factories still left in Florence they usually come back to purchase from us. We're a little more expensive then most of the Mercato stands, but we're hand made in Italy, and the quality, the thickness, the color, the resistence, and the treatment is what makes a leather product come from wonderful to okay. Here it is wonderful. The highest quality and we stand 100% behind the product." As I am writing the interview 3 Americans come in and out and purchase 2 jackets and 1 totally cool leather belt. And I walk out with the beautiful lambskin light blue/grey backpack. WOW...
APERITIVOS APERITIVOS APERITIVOS....
REVERSE located at Via Borgo Del albizi, 78R, 05 524 7 74...a restaurant that is young and funky with homemade on the edge videos that play in shifts of 5 during the day to fit the mood. The Young couple, "I am 55" says Elena and Franco opened the family run operation 1 year now. "I wanted to provide a place of opportunity for my children. I have two sons. I wanted the children to have a future here. It gave us all a great place to work yet honestly we're together 24/7. We all live together and now since one year sometimes..." Franco shakes his hand in that...I tell ya...way that the Italians have. Too much family? I ask Marco who is nearing 24. "It is a lot of hrs and work. I am here all the time." he says. His father laughs and says that they're young to have such big responsiblity since the mother stays til 16:00pm everyday and Franco stays til 18:00. After that it is everything goes! " MAKE SURE THAT YOU SAY THAT WE HAVE APERITIVOS OF ANY COCKTAILS AND FREE BUFFET FOR THE STUDENTS(ITALIANS AND THE HUNGRY AMERICANS...) FROM 18:00PM TO 20:00PM AT ONLY 8.OOEUROS...HE SAYS
The team of REVERSE...the first night club on my site at Florence...a baby really of only one year. Says the papa, Franco and Elena, the young mother of their creation, "We opened Reverse to have a restaurant in the morning and afternoon and at night the kids take over. Marco is almost 24 and Uri is 27. They run the bar and restaurant at night and the night club til 2am. Me and my wife take the morning and afternoon shift. We wanted to name it REVERSE since it is the old people, us in the morning and the young people at night. We change the lighting, the music and the food from the day to the night." "Me and Uri mix the videos ourselves,"says Marco!
Ristorante Antico Barile is a couple of quirky things about it. One is that it is famous in Florence since about 100 years and used to be a Amory in the 1300s for the Duke of Florence. The original Brick Ceilings are still there. The other is that the director and team speak mostly Italian and interviewing the team is pretty funny. They loved the website and I thought that kind of cool. They love the restaurant and for Mauro, who is the director, his favorite is the Florentine Steak that he says comes from the best region in Italy, Chianina! "That is the real steak. The Mercato has real good Fish which we sometimes buy from such as the Lobster and the Salmon and Sole and Sea Bass. The restaurant here is not a pizza restaurant. Pizza is Pizza. We're a little formal and friendly. It is a high quality restaurant. You know we have the traditional Florence dishes since we are in Florence, yet it is really the best service of Black jackets and friendly team. We love the Americans since they always come in and say "HI". They love to talk and they ask all kinds of questions. The tourists are great. They love the wine, too. Between the two families?" Asks Mauro and his team Iber when I ask which family of important wine do they love the most? Antonori or Frescobaldi? "We love Frescobaldi. We have Both here yet Frescobaldi is the favorite of us personally."
When I am introduced to Matteo he is in one of the 10 rooms of what I am now dubbing the Palazzo Restaurant due to its look and feel of being in different salons and rooms of a true Florentine Palace as you try to navigate each connected to each other as in a home. Matteo is eating with his wife and says hi and a conversation starts, "You know my father and I had a leather factory a famous one in Florence since the 1950s and 3 years ago then we said alright lets try something different. It is my passion here. The leather factory was my father's passion. Different. We, my father, wife and me, and the architect designed the rooms. They are three sections. They blend into each other since you can walk from one to the other without noticing you are in different rooms yet one is the Osteria which is casual dining, the other the restaurant which is the fine dining and the last is the pizza restaurant. You can't order from one menu and eat in a different room. They are unique. And the menus everyone is leather. That is something that we wanted to keep from the old days. You can order a leather menu for 120Euros or one of the cool leather aprons that the waiters wear for 150Euros. We love to blend the tradition with each other." he says. The aprons are TOTALLY COOL:
As see the restaurant is a elegant beautiful restaurant of the highest quality...with arched fawn brick ceilings and walls, ivory tiled floors and heavy taupe curtains and ties...along with heavy clothed covered tables. The highest elegance...and with such fresh fish and service, Alessio says, "We personally every night come to the table and ask...if they love squid or lobster or tuna etc...and when the fish comes in we ask how they would love it with simple oil or with lemon pasta etc. It is at the table personal service from the sea everyday. The average person is spendin about 85.00 euros plus wine...we have Florentine families that come everyday and tourists that come. The service is personal and the best." he says.
Is the Gorgeous funny restaurant that has a monopoly on a location that is to die four! That is what I then kid the owners about. It has a little baby restaurant and a outside sitting region and a big restaurant and they all mingle with each other. The father looks just like George Clooney exactly
and I mean exactly and when I ask the son if he thinks his father looks Just like George Clooney his son says, "No not at all! " but he really does.
The son laughs and says, "It is not not that easy to work with the family...you think that it would be easy but it is harder and I have to work triple as someone else." I say that yes I know when I tried to help my grandfather rearrange his office the next day he threw a fit and said O I need it the way Ihad it...aaaaaaa.. and I had to rearrange it back the way it was! That is the way with family but the cool thing is that they have the tastiest food and if you find the restaurant which you can by the map on the website it is worth it.
The father says, "O here is Alberto Um Sordi he is a famous actor and in the picture he had tried to eat like an American and when he tried he finally in the movies throws all the food away and starts over eating like an Italian with real thick spaghetti and that is the picture above." I thank him since I've seen that picture many times in Italy and finally know what it means!
Above the 3, Generations of family plus the original owner in the picture on the wall is Piero Serni...Anna, Francesca, and Stefano make up the owners of the gorgeous and I mean gorgeous restaurant named La Bussola in Florence Italy. Think swinging 20's and you will imagine the decor of the modern bar that transports you back into that era. Originally Piero Serni bought the restaurant and opened the first pizzza restaurant in Florence. "At that day and age the restaurant is open til about 3am to 4. We had politicians and actors and writers and cops and thiefs all piled in. It was a time of no taxes and tons of money with Italy rebuilding itself after the 2nd World War. People had a great time. My father bought Bussola since 1981 and redecorated to what you see today in ,1986." says Stefano.