While Demetra is formed to as a compliment to the famous
           Fullup Dance Club in Florence Italy only a couple of months now, sitting quietly above the famous club of 1958 its heavily covered cloth chairs and elegant soft hues of ivory and white with brown and soft orange linen napkins, has friendly formal and elegant service as well, yet a comfortable atmosphere prevails, maybe do to its playful persona of its club owners, Monica and Simone. However, the sophisticated quiet restaurant above is on its way to a degustation menu and Michelin status, of that I am sure! 
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   "The restaurant, Demetra is only a couple of months old and it is something we designed and thought about a long while, since it is above the famous FullUp Dance Club and since we are the first time open in the summer with the tiny, exquisite and elegant restaurant, Demetra, we spend much details on the presentation of the food. On the highest quality, with a special menu. A tiny menu of the most delicate and charming items, such as Tagliatelle al Ragu di Cinghiale, or Filetto di manzo al Chianti conn chipos di patate viole e sedano rapa alle due consistenze. https://www.fullupclub.com/demetra.htm
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"My new baby is the Demetra," says Monica in her soft voice. "Simone is all about the Dance Club and now I am having fun with the kitchen team to create a excellent menu to offer the guests. Since we are young and playful I believe that a degustation menu awaits us in the future and my team wants that goal, too." says Monica. 
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                                                          located at : Via Della Vigna Vecchia 25
       During the fifties in Italy the night life and the club scene, as well as in America is a very social way to meet people, to be seen and to intregrate the culture of the era into everyday life, of which is was a Big Part of music, especially.  The 1958 Club promotes Diversity since the family of Monica has entered the scene, buying the dance club in 1978, and adding the beautiful elegant restaurant above since only 2 months. https://www.fullupclub.com/demetra.htm
"Come follow me," starts my tour with Monica being my tour guide through the VERY BIG Dance Club, FullUp, although open again in August 27, it is a maze of 3 rooms and a private room complete with its own intimate bar and DJ booth. "In here we do live music too. And it is available to do aperitivos in the room here and the room to the left of the smoking room." she says as I say how beautiful the club is. 
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"We have very famous DJs and the Club can hold up to 300 people in comfort. It is a dance club and you have to weave your way in and out of the people dancing, to find the room you want, of course!" laughs Monica. I ask her if it is totally fun to own a dance club. "My family bought FULLUP in 1978 and yes it has been great fun. Now my boyfriend Simone does the Dance Club, although it is very funny when you ask Simone if he dances down here with me." she says. 
    Alright I ask Simone if he dances downstairs since they have a Dance Club with many famous people here and he laughs, "You know we used to have many famous celebrities come and we're hoping with the elegant tiny restaurant upstairs that they feel comfortable dining upstairs and sneaking into the downstairs Dance Club through the VIP door straight from the restaurant. It is free for the guests of course, and while the other entrance a cover fee of about 10.00 to 15.00 euros depending on the event, DJ, live music etc, is a entry fee it always include the first drink, and that is alright with the guests. And yes of course we have a selection process. It is a elite dance club and you must want to have a good time, and be dressed a little special." he says. 
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 "The Club is about diversity and we have Fairy Gold that is world famous every Saturday to come and have fun, we have American Student Nights on Thursdays and they seem to totally enjoy meeting the local people and the other internationals. It is a famous club since 1958 where people can come to party and dance all night." says the owner, Simone, who along with his girlfriend Monica own FULLUP and Demetra. 


"I am most excited to see the dance club evolve through the years and although me and Monica don't really know the exact reason that her family named it FULLUP we try to fill it up with dancing people!" laughs Simone. "My new project is revamping the entire club with a new decor and I am taking the entire month of August to do just that. We reopen and ready for guests at the 27th of August, at least that is the hope, maybe early September. I want my vision of the image of the classy club with its many varities of the highest DJs and Music and atmosphere along with the private rooms of Elvira to carry on the famous tradition." 
  The wild crazy dancers of the FULLUP club doing what they do best, dancing to the KONGA night where the students come to have fun. 
      The many rooms of FULLUP include private intimate rooms with aperitivos and your own live music or the bigger noisy rooms near the entrances! 
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"Yes Phil Collins, Denzel Washington, they come and they are very big stars, too" says Guilian, "Yet my dream is to have the aura of the golden ages such as the Frank Sinatras and the Sophia Lorens and the Carlo Pontis, such as Francis Ford Coppola. Many times has Berlusconi dined here. "  And as we spoke and I had a lovely glass of that sparkling Italian prosecco, a Arabian sheikh and I had a chat at the marbled 104 year old bar. 

 "The restaurant is only one in the entire Europe that is awarded the UNESCO HERITAGE SITE AWARD AS A RESTAURANT" says Guilian as to one of the reasons he loved it. 

"With a restaurant name that famous as Sabatini, the wine list has to be good, traditional and rare including wines that people know, ask for, and respect and our Bubbles include such names as:    
  • Belle Epoque Perrier-Jouet

  • Glos des Goisses Philipponna

"I wish to do a 2 star Michelin which the restaurant had many years...the reputation of the Sabatini and the famous family that belonged to the Medici lineage, is legendary. I am pursueing with heart my dream." says one of my very lovely friends, Guilian, who has bought the Sabatini in Florence. 
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       The delicate dishes include the Sabatini Panzerotti tagliolini with porcini mushrooms, maltagliati prawns and black truffle, the very famous flambe Sabatini spaghetti(prepared right in front of your eyes, absolutely not to be missed), scampi alla pescatora, sliced beef with aromatised Brunello and fillet with tartare also prepared right in front of the guest.                
"The whites have such presence as Capo Marino Jermain and the reds Bellevista Vittorio Moretti" says Guilian as he twirls a glass of red wine for the sheikh from Saudi Arabia, all of us having a lovely time enjoying the elegance and the hospitatility of such a fine name as Sabatini. 
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                         The Unesco Heritage Site awarded the protection of the Sabatini restaurant and when one dines here one sees why. The furniture was taken from a ancient church from the 14th century and inside the Pulpit is visible as is the benches that they have converted to sofas to sit upon. The Roof Garden is a amazing beauty and the entire restaurant is now completely protected from the Fine Arts Department.      
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"We are the only place in the world that specializes in Flambe cooking with the true and authentic process of Flambe at the table here at Sabatini. It is art form performed only with the highest quality of talent and only very few can ever perform it with grace and safety and showmanship." says the very qualified Capo. 

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"The Sabatini family already has the reputation of a solid respected character and the building is a protected fine arts site, my job is to present the service and the atmosphere along with the finest rare wines and champagne with the highest quaity of food to the plate. I have only been here 3 months and within a couple of more I am bringing on my entire team that I am creating to include the Head Michelin Star chef and his team of 3. My entire focus is on the real Italian hospitality of formal and friendly with impeccable service and discretion." says the very happy Capo as he twirls my Prosecco in my chilled glass and presents it to me. It is all about the show! 

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"Yes of course with us being very traditional, we have the Chianini Florentine steak from the very finest cuts we can find."Risultati immagini per sabatini firenze
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"In addition to the beautiful presence of the garden room, with its authentic beams, we have private rooms where you can dine with romance and intimacy and many important deals of the Florentine families were signed here many many years ago." says Guilian. "I want to slowly and slowly to bring back that era of elegant and traditional dining to honor the famous Sabatini family and give its name symbolism and respect that the name deserves." says my friend and Capo Guilian. Located at: via panzani 9/a          
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                                                   La Giostra & La Giostra II Florence Italy
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      The famous Michelin Restaurant in Florence is located at 10 and 18 Borgo Pinti; reservations: 055 241341


Is the food good? I ask Soldano. "I hope so," he says quietly. His voice is very quiet and he is one of the most sincere and humble people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting, love going to each table personally and saying hi to the guests, taking the orders and having fun every night.

 "That is my joy honestly. I am usually at La Giostra II since that restaurant my father made for me, and La Giostra is his restaurant. Now I do the recipes for both restaurants, yet my presence is almost always at the La Giostra II where yes I do play loud rock and roll every night. We play that music in both restaurants and ever since a lot of the music stars have become my friends. Yes, we have Michelin, yet they seem to love the difference between the music and the food and the atmosphere. Everyday I meet people from all around the world. I talk to the backpackers from America and the movie stars, and the music stars from America. The young people come in here and they love the music and they love that they can feel 100% comfortable in my restaurants. The music is my love and I dress that way with my taste every night.  The restaurant is for the daily person who works and the Prince. It is a everybody restaurant and that is what my father taught me. He said, "Remember Soldano, the guest is the guest of your party that you are giving. Every night at the restaurant you have invited friends to come to a party. And that is why the music that I like I play and the food that I add to the table is the food I love." he says. 


 Soldano is a real Prince from the lineage of Imperial Russia and the Grand Duke of Austria, and the very famous family of the Chianti Ruffino region. "Yes when we were young we had parties at the Palace which had maybe 1,200 people coming and the parties would last 3 days with my father cooking for his guests. He loved to give parties. Since we were a famous wine maker for 60 years we of course gave the real original Ruffino to the guests. I mean we owned the vineyards and it is easy to do that." he says. I became interested in opening a restaurant after my father approached my brother to be his partner. My brother was not interested and my father had to convince me to be his  partner. He was my partner and my best friend. And he kept saying to me, Soldano why do you think a restaurant will be a success? And I had to convince him. I think it was his reputation for hospitality that drew the 100's of friends everyday from the first day to the restaurant. And since we do a great job with the food they kept coming back. Everyday I am busy the last 20 years and we opened the La Giostra 2 and we're busy everyday! Now it is the friends, the Italians, the tourists, the famous people, the politicians, and no not just my friends. If it is only my friends I would have to have a lot of friends to keep open every night!" he says laughing.   
    055 241341   Borgo Pinti   10/18 Rosso  https://www.facebook.com/ristorantelagiostra/
"The guests vary from the 3 American girls that you met on the bus who said that they loved my restaurant, which is why you came here, to the Egyptian Prince who invited me 3 days to Egypt and flew me around in his helicopter. Which is amazing and I still wonder why he invited me!" he says. I say that it is his lovely person, his coolness and his great and lovely food that the Egyptian Prince probably wanted to steal recipes from! Ha ha ha. Yet totally a treat.   https://www.instagram.com/lagiostrafirenze/?hl=it

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"My favorite is the lamb chops," says Miri, who Soldano says takes care of his facebook, instagram, and the website since, "I know the wine since that is my heritage and the food. Technology is beyond me!" he says laughing yet his team says he is being very honest! "Women are my favorite plate and the rest is side dishes," jokes Soldano. 



If you venture to the right to the 
"a little more formal" (with the Michelin guide
 logos on the front door) La Giostra 1, you will 
find the loud Rock and Roll music again! Hmm
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The experience is as unlike any you can ever imagine, however, The real star of the very famously studded, 
no pun intended yet then again..., La Giostra is the owner Soldano. Soldano can be seen everywhere
 on the walls of his famously visited restaurant
 yet honestly it is his mere presence at night 
that attracts the people. When I first walked
 into La Giostra 2 which is right next door 
almost to the La Giostra 1, the Rock and Roll
 music was blaring. BLARING and the team 
\was setting the tables at 18:00pm. I giggled 
since the decor is stunningly beautiful and the
 walls covered with everybody you see on the
 telly. And again, the decor is stunningly beautiful. The team said, "O yes that is the
music of Soldano. He loves Rock and Roll."
 Yet one and 1/2 hr. later when I came to say hi
 the entire restaurant on a Saturday night was 
totally full and the Rock and Roll music just as
 loud as before. One of the reasons I loved the La Giostra 2 the minute I walked in is the sheepskins covering the chairs. It was all viking feeling and like a huge romantic cave. "Yes um need to talk about the sheepskins, and yes everybody loves these. However, it is for practical reasons since when we first opened in the winter we didn't know the opening of the doors in the front would make it such a cold place to sit and we had to buy sheepskins for the guests when they sat here in the winter. In the summer we put away the sheepskins!" Says Soldano and I say O I am so disappointed since I thought they were part of the decor! Ha ha ha... Below, you know Steve Vai, the one who plays with Whitesnake, Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, and now with Soldano! Great Guitar player and great entreprenuer meet.    http://www.ristorantelagiostra.com/home/
              The mysterious beauty of La Maremma starts with the very special wine list...
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and continues to the traditional ribollita and Florentine steak  and tagliato di tonno, Pecorino fresco grigliato con peperoni dolci and garganelli ai funghi tartufati...to name a couple of better dinner choices...    
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Alright maybe you are a vegatarian! Yes they do have asparagus scrumptious items on the menu, and they present the plates with flair, and remember I said that it is a romantic restaurant which means that everybody needs to dress up when they chow down on the wild boar...just kidding! L'immagine può contenere: cibo
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Alright guess what the restaurant is famous about? That is right...eating the WILD BOAR? nope the famous Florentine Steak, 

  And here proves the fact that many love to eat the boar which the restaurant is famous of, yet the Florentine Steak will get you a photo so I guess if you want a picture on the facebook hall of fame, dress up, put on that makeup and ask to eat the Florentine Steak.

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Okay being a restaurant that has quietly and continuously built a reputation of the highest standards, no slanderous trip reviews please, with guests raving about the food and the lovely atmosphere of locals and tourists who appreciate it,     I find it difficult to find a table. Yes I know the Shakespeare category of the biggest strength...etc. Make reservations and have fun. The wine list is stunning, too and the chefs colorful playful hats make you giggle. 
  I have loved Florence the last 8 years since it is a city of beauty and culture and romantic interludes such as can be found here at the Maremma which is near Santa Croce. Tiny and intimate yet playful and famous in the Tuscany region for Wild Boar!
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The traditional restaurant is softly lit at night and you can hear the musicians as they play on the Santa Croce Square if the doors are open, or the soft happy chatter of people from everywhere in the world, usually laughing at the Florentine Steak presentations! Nessun testo alternativo automatico disponibile.
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"The restaurant is famous for the Wild Boar and that is why I have the little stuffed boars on the top of the ledges since the children love the wild boars as much as the adultes, except the children love to grab the wild boars and that can lead to problems!" says Marco who is the friendly and I am very happy successful Capo of Maremma. 
                         The Micheal Collins Pub in Florence Italy at  Piazza della Signoria 30r.
    "It's your local Pub in Florence!" says the young Irish owner of the famous Micheal Collins Irish Pub on the famous Piazza where you can stare at the Statue of David all day..."It is about drinking a good Irish pint of beer and meeting other international travellers, being a American Student drinking your first pint of beer ever at the age of 18, which is funny to watch how much they love that Guinness, and having a great time talking to the real local Florentines who appreciate the great selection of quality Irish beers that we have." Image may contain: 2 people, indoor    And what self-respecting Irish Pub would be the same without the standard Wild and Crazy Irish people! 
"My slogan for my famous Micheal Collins Irish Pub is to have the people know it as  "The Local Pub in Florence" says Jimmy who is 1/2 Irish and 1/2 English and as fun and sweet as can a person be. "I worked here a total of 8 years and the last couple of years bought the Pub. I try to combine the students and the international tourists with the Steady Loyal Irish, English, American, Canadian, Australian and let's not forget the Kiwis, the New Zealanders. And the local Florentines are very important because they want to feel at home and welcome in the city that is literally their home." he says. "My team is international with a couple of the Florentine bartenders and a girl from Croatia and one used to be here from New Zealand. I want my team to be funny and friendly and talk to people and honestly that is why it is of interest to me since it keeps me in touch with the world too." 
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Okay wait a minute is that me in my wedding veil? Now why would anybody in a right mind want to frame me! Okay people I know you are jealous of my beauty and my ability to drink the big guys under the table yet I don't think I can fit in the frame, going to have to ride my bike at early dawn and meet the lone biker below! See you later...O and save my pizza please! 
While the Micheal Collins Irish Pub on the famous Piazza with the statue of David and Neptune in Florence is a great drinking and socialising pub in the summer on the outside garden, during the autumn and winter they have the basement music club open everyday with a variety of shows including open mic and kareoke!                Starting September til 1:30am.
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"Why is a Irish Pub Irish?" answers Jimmy, "I believe it is the atmosphere and the feeling of being comfortable and with friends that you always have in Ireland when you walk into a Irish Pub. The Irish are just that way and that is the real reason everybody comes since they know they are going to joke and have a good time at a Irish Pub. I am the only Irish owner of the some 9 Irish Pubs in Florence, though, and that is why you should come drink the Guinness here...O yes and we are the CHEAPEST GUINNESS IN FLORENCE AT 6.00euros a Pint!"
    The cheapest is a Italian draft at 5.00 euros and the most expensive craft beer draft is only 6.50 euros at a pint. That is the best you can find and we're right on the square, O and I am the only Irish owner, too, make sure you say that!" says Jimmy.
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Besides watching it happen at Florence right in front of everybody, you can see the statue of David, people watch and drink the cheapest Guinness of any Pub in Florence right in the famous square. O and the pizzas, yes real pizzas are only 6.00euros! REAL PIZZAS 6.00 Euros people and they have chicken pizza! "And the nachos are very big and good too, don't forget the nachos!" says Jimmy. 
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  Late at night, early dusk or early dawn a lone bicycle rider drinks a solitary pint of Guinness. I love that picture. 
                        Image may contain: night and text                         To Book Directly at the most Romantic Candlelight Only Restaurant: 

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                                                                     Ristorante Il Paiolo...via del Corso 42red

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"My vision is to make my restaurant Michelin. It is very easy to work hard everyday with that goal. I am revamping the recipes and now they are 80% mine, along with the team, and at night we have 5 servers for such a tiny restaurant. Yet I want a good reputation and the only way to slowly move up the ranks is with hard work, attention to the guests and food, and a great attitude. Immagine correlataThat is my aim, to make the best traditional food from the kitchen, yet to keep the tradition of the woman who made it famous for 40 years. My promise to her." says Gulian. He is animated, young and talkative and I know that you will have a great time to lunch and dinner and most importantly the food is awesome! 
 The traditional authentic recipes that Guilian has added from his mother's kitchen perhaps are given at the romantic tables with love.                                                           Risultati immagini per osteria paiolo florence
"I think that people should come here not because it is me but because of the way that I live and the way that I envision my restaurant. I want people to read that maybe I am 50 years old or 20 years old. Let the people guess. In the last year that I owned the restaurant I raised the Trip Advisor from 1,600 place to now about 160 ish place. That is important to me." Guilian says. He offer me the Ravioli di patate al tartufo nero which I am going to try and of course to take a picture of as the Japanese in the past often do! However being modern and having heard that it is more Chic today to hide and discover I am going to tell you of my lovely experience!   Located at : Via del Corso 42, 055 215019 it is the "only restaurant on the street, only cafes or etc fashion is allowed here, I am the only restaurant which helps!" says the young owner Guilian.  "And we do it all in a quiet way. We don't attack the people and even when you are sitting at the table we take care of you and we offer you very formal attentive service yet in a very friendly happy way and a family way." 

       one of my favorite quotes of Guilian:

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"The real spirit of Florence is about tales, tales of mystery, of intrique, of love, and yes of things that do go bump in the night and while it is true that now I am a restaurantuer, it all started as I studied and read my books about the law studying to be a lawyer, that I met and was charmed by the 40 year old woman who used to own Paiolo. She was giving it up since she couldn't find a person to do it her way with love. Here is to her." says Guilian.                                   
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                                   The Maestro Chef of Osteria del Pavone, which took Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco, the famous traditional restaurant of Florence of many years, about 3 years to realize from start to finish...finally available and open the last 8 months, "yes, it is a little bit more expensive and has only 35 seats and clients visit it through the back door, so to speak, down the secluded alley, and yes, I am most happy that it is finally open, the 15th century building took a lot of love and patience to complete." says the Capo, Marco, who zooms in and out of the two adjoining kitchens to visit Cinghale to help his father, yet maintain the captain of the ship position at del Pavone. 
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"It is where people that do a lot of research on restaurants, culinary masterpieces and cultural food experiences of cities come to eat. It is a masterpiece, itself, and although at least 70.00 euros a person, worth it. We only have 35 seats, reservations a must, although you can sit with my head bartender and drink a glass of one of our 13 houses of champagne and chat, you should make reservations to dine." 
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"The quiet and intimate dining experience of Osteria del Pavone is noted in addition of its specialty champagnes and wines, of which we carry limited bottles of wine that is stored to age in Jars, not barrels, which is exactly the unique experience that some people search for." says the Capo Marco. 
                                                 Osteria Del Cinghiale Bianco in Florence is a favorite 

Marco is the Capo of the Osteria and his father, Massimo, started the restaurant in 1984 and is mischievious saying, "I am the trouble maker!" https://www.facebook.com/OsteriaCinghialeBianco/

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Marco, the Capo, loves Truffles, and although it is added to the dishes of Osteria Cinghiale, it is a delicacy that only the finest restaurants of Florence can afford to carry on the menu. reservtions: http://www.cinghialebianco.com/it
"Today I have to rush, since the film people come to film the wild boar, yet you can come for some champagne later at the Osteria del Pavone, if you wish." says the gracious Marco as he rushes around preparing for the girl that eats a lot and the film crew! Image may contain: 1 person, indoor
    Located at Borgo San Japoco, 43r, with the new restaurant named, Osteria del Pavone on the alley side, is a favorite of mine...famous because of the or for Wild Boar.  INDIRIZZO: Borgo San Iacopo, 43RImage may contain: people sitting, table, drink, indoor and food   


"Yesterday, the television station came to film the tiramisu, and the lovely lady of the station came and ate from a huge baking dish the dessert. We all laughed since she just kept eating it, and I guess it is very good because she kept asking for more takes til she at her entire plate and kept eyeing the big pan!" says Marco. "And today they come to film another dish. Maybe she just loves to eat!"Image may contain: food
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To find do here:     Straight to the Ponte Vecchio Bridge admiring the many beautiful jewels and to the right on the first Cobblestoned street about 200 meters you will find a lovely 14th Century Palace of the Corsini Family which now houses the restaurant Osteria Del Cinghiale Bianco..."The table at the top is of course special. Everybody comes and that is the one that they ask to do... and we allow to stay the entire night! The view from the top! Now we make a special another restaurant that will be connected only throught the kitchen. It is still a section of the Corsini Palace and it has huge ornamated ceilings with paintings that is of a historical nature and such we need a long permit to restore these for the restaurant. Now finally it has been one year and the permits come. The outside used to be a alley and the huge rocks that make the road will remain as the bar area. Very beautiful and very in keeping with the original structure. 

     Yet for all of its tradition and respected old beauty, the charm of the new restaurant with the 35 table seating is unmatched as of yet...beauty and elegance and intimacy and a private setting around the alley to the entrance...champagne for me since I love it and great lovely portions for you! 

   Image may contain: 1 person THE COOLEST APERITIVOS IN FLORENCE...kitsch 1 and try to find the hidden Kitsch 2, too!
The two owners of Kitsch 1 and Kitsch 2 are Markus and Fabio. Each of these reflect the aperitivos cocktail bars, the Kitsch 1 is run by Markus who loves to be present and DJ from his super cool Iphone. That one, Kitsch 1 is located at : Viale Gramsci 1/r, near to San Croce,  and the Kitsch 2 which is run by Fabio the famous photographer is at Via San Gallo 22. 
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"Hmm, why do people come here instead of somewhere else?" answers Fabio. "We have a gorgeous design of renaissance and modern with velvet booths and chairs and industrial lamps and a eclectic audience of professional locals and international students and curious tourists with the best food at only 12.00euros from 7.00pm to 11.00pm all you can eat buffet and drink of the highest quality. You want Johnny Walker on the rocks and buffet? It is 12.00 euros. You want Sex on the Beach and buffet? It is 12.00 euros. You want a Manhatten, Old-Fashion, Martini, Mojito, you name it and we give it to you. Each additional drink til 11.00pm is only 6.00 euros. And if you want to bring the family, say children of 12 years and they want a coca cola or a juice and buffet, it is 12.00 euros. Where in Florence can you go and receive the best gnocchi, the best salads, the best desserts, the best variety of pizza and the best fish and meat of about 5 at least varieties every night at only 12.00 euros? All you can eat. The family can come and they can spend 48.00 euros of a family of 4 all you can eat. That is unbeatable in Florence.!"
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"You know Martini sponsors me and gives us signs and brochures and especially cool DJ events, and it is a great collaboration. I know that when people see the name Martini it signifies respect and good quality and that is my place. Highest quality. I of course want my guests to have a fun night with the best possible food and drink. And music and yes itis true, sometimes we do dance on the tables.!"

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Okay, I ask Fabio if only the young and beautiful can come into Kitsch since as you see from the pictures here it seems that way! "Yes of course!" he jokes ! I think! 
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When I met with Fabio at Kitsch 2 on Wednesday the 12th, the Martini Liquour Group was sponsoring the event to promote the new Fuori Martini to promote Aperitivo Spritz. We had a couple of course and they are lovely. Fabio told me of the way that he is totally conscious of his guests and the quality of food at Kitsch. "I only allow meat that is farm raised in my buffets. I know that the animals are raised to roam freely in the farm lands and that it is with respect when I eat food on a plate, I respect that food. I only use about 5 to 7 meats every night on the buffet, yet each cow or pig is raised on a farm. And the fish we use is of the highest quality, too. In addition the pasta is biological. I care about my guests and the food here is of the  highest quality. I am first a cook. I am as good of a cook in the restaurants in Florence that only serve lunch and dinner, yet my place is elegant, funky, renaissance style with a DJ and music and great mixologists that do the cocktails every night. I am proud to have Kitsch 1 and Kitsch 2." says Fabio. Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, drink and indoor
Great cocktails, great dancing with DJs and great highest food...all at Kitsch...number one in Florence the last 20 years to do aperitivos til 2.00am! Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, night
  Warning: ONLY the COOLEST IN CHILL GROUP of people who love to have fun and risk in life to meet new people, the Keeping up with the JONES's , the Double Doses of the Twins in Town and the Key people allowed at Kitsch...Ciao and o yes have a lovely day and a lovely night! Image may contain: 1 person, drink and indoor
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"I always have a couple of proposals from Beer and Liquour companies that want to sponsor us to do the year. Now Martini and a Beer company sponsor Kitsch since we bring a lot of people to taste the items, and I must do a couple now to renew the year. They love us and we love the sponsors since they come and do events of music and such with us all the time." says Fabio and above is the Germain! 
                   The three of us, me and my partners, bought the very traditional and famous Truffle Tuscany Villa named Il Convio Restaurant in the lovely rural village between   Florence and Pisa, three months now." says my friend Luigi.   Located now is a VERY GOOD TIME to go the Restaurant, where Luigi's beautiful and talented girlfriend, Anatella sings tonight,  Via San Maiano 2 in the village of  San Miniato Basso.          
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"Here is the most famous Truffle Restaurant and where the precious white truffle comes from, " says the very funny Luigi, who knows more about the daily Italian life than literally most anyone I know. "Me and my two friends bought the restaurant villa, which has been here a very long days, about 3 months now. The little village is most famous for the white truffle, which of course is used very rarely and very delicately around the world. Alba is famous in the north Italy and here." says Luigi. "You must tell the tourists to come, since it is world famous, the truffle festival in November. Every weekend we pay special homage and respect to the November month and every weekend every restaurant holds a festival on white truffles. Tourists come from everywhere in the world. Yet please tell the tourists they must drive or have somebody drive to the famous village!" says Luigi. 
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Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, sitting and indoor  The elegance and total Old-School respected sophistication is found at the lovely Vecchio Mercato

near the famous actual Mercato in Florence, Italy, soley owned of the Capo, Luigi, who in addition owns the Tuscany Villa named Il Convio just mentioned! 

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"Yes, I have two daughters, one is little about 7 and one is a older teenager. The young one absolutely loves me and if I ask her to help she is very happy, the older one ignores every word I say and when I am finished with my lecture says, "NO" to me and walks away." laughs Luigi. Aaa it is nice to know that somehow cultures, although in many ways different, are exactly the same! 
"You know, Florence is all about the Florentine steak that we are very proud of actually. We have many guests and we try to show the culture with the food and the song on Monday nights here at Vecchio Mercato," says Luigi, my personal friend about 5 years now. Image may contain: food
Luigi's passion is "playing the piano..." says the affable owner of Vecchio Mercato...you guessed it right across from the famous Central Mercato in Florence. "Here let me play for you..." and he plays "happy birthday." I start giggling. "Wait, I can play two songs..." and he plays a second beautiful ballad. Why only these two songs? "Because I love the piano and I love these songs and I wanted a piano in here and I wanted to say that I can play two songs." Although I wrote the passage above about 3 years now, I love the fact that a Capo loves a Piano so much that he actually learned two songs when he added a piano to his restaurant! 

   Me? I love the food and the music  and the great funny company. Luigi is ALWAYS HONEST and Normal, you know a real person who loves to chat with you. You will love that restaurant trust me.

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"I am about tradition and respect and having fun, of course!" says Luigi. He has a long-term girlfriend, Antonella, who goes every year to Florida to sing at famous restaurants and now is a star at the Villa, Il Convio on Thursday nights. "Sometimes she graces me with her presence here at the Vecchio Mercato, yet you can always find a beautiful singer and piano player on Monday nights here and Antonella on Thursdays at Il Convio, " says Luigi. 

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Two lovely girls viewing the Mercato leather carts in the morning asked me why they should come to eat lunch at the Vecchio Mercato...they were American and about 25 to 30. Lovely. I said, "Hmm, because the Capo is a very cool funny person who has a hilarious real Italian speaking cooking team, the most respectful kind service and it is a real traditional lovely experience that you will receive." and I guess that was enough for them since they immediately went there to eat! 

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How about  Tagliolina al tartufo, which is fettucine with heavy cream, Tagliata Di Manzo Al Tartufo Con Fonduta, which is sliced steak of beef with truffle and fondue,  Antipasto del Cacciatore(Salsiccia Di Cinghiale, Pecorino, Sott'Oli) which is served per 4 people or one and it is a Hunter's Appetizer with wild-boar sausage and sheep cheese, all of these traditional and respected recipes of the Tuscany region, not to mention the GREAT WINE selection that Luigi carries! 

                                                                          Trattoria Armando Florence Image may contain: 8 people, people smiling, people sitting, drink, table and indoor"I have had interns the last 10 years and I have these young talented people here about 1 month to 6 months. I take care of the housing for each. My mother loves to teach these young people since they have tons of energy and they absolutely love her." When I ask how her mother deals with the long hours of the kitchen, "Everyday my mother says, can I please come to work! and I say mama you can come at lunch or dinner because it is a long day. Yet she loves to come here all the time. It is amazing and it truly is a unique situation that we have in terms of women culinary owners and chefs." Since the Teatro House has moved 1 kilometer away, "We have less of the opera stars and the ballet house is gone. It is usual for the people to visit one day to do dinner, yet in the old times they came for one month to prepare for the opera and concerts and ballet. It would be nice to see the young stars of today come to visit to meet in the photos, the mentors of their youth." says Alessandra. You seriously have to see these people...it took me 15 minutes to calm down from all the energy and laughter they share with everyone. 
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"My father didn't help me because he didn't want me to do the job but my mother always in the kitchen had mixed feelings. To keep the restaurant yet how could a young woman do the job? Usually with the Italian restaurant it is a couple and my husband has another job and it is only me. I didn't think about it. It was a passion for me. It is the field of my life and I try hard and I have success at the end. I have grown up here." she says. 

       Although Alessandra's mother, Giovanna, speaks only Italian, as does the entire kitchen team, she and I had a funny non-verbal and verbal conversation. She said that when the famous ballet dancer came to the restaurant that he wanted to marry her. And I believe her...at least that is what I think she said! She is such a beautiful lady inside and outside as is her daughter. It is a elegant restaurant where you have a hidden sanctuary to enjoy a relaxed and private lunch and a intimate romantic dinner, unseen from passerbys. Or if you like to people-watch there is still two tables in the front reminiscent of the early days where you can do just that!                                                                                                                                                                Risultati immagini per trattoria armando firenze

It is as if I expect Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti to walk in the door! "When I am 8 years old I took the picture of my hero Georges Pretre, the famous French Conductor and I went to his concerts since the Teatro House of Florence at that time is only 200 meters from the restaurant." says Alessandra.Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and indoor

"I think the walls show the story of the Restaurant. It is 3 family generations and it is today to work in a family traditional restaurant one must know the history. We usually do a lot of work and to know that it is his. That in many ways it is a lot of sacrifice in a certain way. I was the Economic history at university. When my father got ill, I was 35 years old. He was going to give up the restaurant and I said let me come in and keep the tradition."  The atmosphere at the restaurant is gracious and traditional. A must treat of Florence.   On the walls we have such stars as Russian Ballet Dancer Rudolf Nureyev... to which Alessandra says, "Yes he came here to eat many times yet when the restaurant is closed he came to eat at my house." And that is only one of 100's of photos that adorn the famous restaurant's hallways...it is a look back in time and as of today the only actor is "Dustin Hoffman who came with his parents!" says Alessandra's mother, Giovanna Pieralli, the famous matriarch cook who brought her culinary talents to join the family when she at the age of 17 met Alessandra's father. "My grandfather, Armando, started the restaurant only in the front with meats and cheeses and wine. They only had a couple of tables..,and he bought the rest of the trattoria later and they made the restaurant."      the elegance of the hidden restaurant is a safe  landing place for the international stars of Teatro...   - Trattoria Armando
Risultati immagini per trattoria armando firenzeThe Lovely Private and Exquisite Restaurant in Florence named Trattoria Armando is Amazing for its Discreet hidden location and it's 60 years of traditional family recipes. However, wait before you say O another Florentine restaurant, it has the most special adornment of famous photos of musicians, opera stars and ballet performers that you will ever find except in the original Teatro Houses which of course no longer exist. Located at:Borgognissanti 140, 0039.055.217263Il passato e il presente - Trattoria Armando

  Above in the video is the surprisingly young and funny team with the Matriarch Cook Giovanna Pieralli, one of the only very rare Women Cooks that head the kitchens of Italy, her daughter, Alessandra Pieralli, and again one of the rare Women Capos of the restaurants of Italy, and Pietro who is the nephew, Alona the young girl in the kitchen, Mika who takes care of the guests, Michael who is a young cook, Takumi who is from Japan and you see in his chef's hat, and Willem the Holland intern who is here from the cooking school of Florence's intern program.            
                                               
                                 Some of the cool items in the ARTE FASHION VINTAGE store located at 
Via San Zanobi 37 include the great wagon wheel wooden chairs and rockers that Fabio handmakes and finishes himself.                                           PHONE: 00390550601110 
Couldn't put down the great old-fashioned jewelry as each piece is beautiful and Fabio says, "I know everybody comes in here and says O my Gosh it is beautiful and they walk room to room and see each item and they keep saying, "O my Gosh" as they see more items!" he laughs. 

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"Maybe we can say that my store is open from 11:00am to 19:00pm, which is 7:00pm, yet honestly usually I am here early and stay late since many tourists and guests, especially the 20 to 30 year olds want to come in after 18:00pm. If you come into the store and love something you can stay and buy til 21:00pm, if you want. I love my store and I collect so much. The shoes I have from the 1930s to the 1980s and some are new colored sneakers such as the Gucci. Every item is special and I hope people find something that they love." says Fabio as two young people age about 24 to 25 come in and buy some cool vintage. "We went shopping at Gucci today," says one of the youngsters who's name was Domenico, "We wanted a little modern and a little vintage to mix it up." They say laughing as they buy their clothes and go out to see the city. 
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  Found some lovely shoes and great Austin Powers dresses ladys!


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"I have had my store open almost 3 years now and it has a little mix of modern and vintage and handmade items such as these huge wooden rocking chairs and wooden chairs that I hand make and finish to look shabby chic. These chairs take me about 2 months to make and you have to let me know which color of sanded shabby chic you want, and yes I can make a pink one!" says the funny Fabio as he walks me to room to room showing me all of the coolest vintage and collectibles that he has acquired. "I have the vintage sunglasses of Prada and Dolce and Gabana and Playboy and Christian Dior, yet honestly these usually don't stay in the store very long since everybody loves these and collects these items." 
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  I love putting new entreprenuers on my website and the two very fun Capos of the Civico Leather are no exceptions, they constantly bargain with the guests and joke all the timewith a continue banter that is charming and funny instead of O my Gosh not a bargainer. The Americans love these guys, they are like the Dan Rather and Jim Belushi of The Wild and Crazy Czechoslovakians on Saturday Night Live...O and they have Great Leathers...located at                                                                                                                                   Civico Via Faenza...

 "The bag is great for the airlines, it is the perfect size, yet it is a little expensive, here let me show you all the compartments," says Stefano as he throws the stuffing out and shows me the soft leather. I LOVE THAT BAG. "Here beautiful Kenya woman," he says as a couple from Kenya walk in and the woman, although a little sophisticated starts to giggle. You will laugh with them, trust me. They are fun. And after all isn't that why you come to Florence and on vacation? To have fun? "We both worked many years, at least 20 in the Florence leather market, and we worked with Jimmys, who I see on the site. Yet here is our baby. It is brand new. We have to bargain with people. There is too many leather places and we have the highest quality leather, yet we have fun with people. We don't want to rob you and we want you to tell your friends and tell your friends and tell your friends, and that is the way you grow a new business. You work real hard and long hours, you're honest and you bargain. When you are more established in a couple of years you can be a little more choosy, yet we know people have to buy from us and we work with you. We want to grow the business, not get rich overnight." says Stefano. 

     "I live in the most famous section of the world for leather, and that is Santa Croce, not the square, yet the city where the finest leather is produced." says Marcus. "We choose the finest leather and work with designers. We custom make the coats for you and ship these to you. We are trying to do our best with the highest quality and right now we are concentrating on showing off our baby store.!"

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"Meet Marcus and Stefano," says the funny Capo, "That is the names we give ourselves since the tourists can't pronounce our names, we have adopted Italian ones," jokes Stefano.    

           O hey, at least they are honest! 

The Kenya woman whispers to me, "I'm a chemist and even in the winter in Kenya it is 20 degrees, yet I AM ALMOST CONVINCED TO BUY THE COAT!" she laughs and I say she should buy the airline bag and take it everywhere. "Hmm I never thought about buying a bag instead." she says. Image may contain: people standing
"The above jacket is leather cuffs and collars and we can make it in any colors. You know we bargain and say Okay I can do you a great deal and the Americans love it. They say, Okay make me a deal. Some people maybe are too serious, yet the ones that come in here come to have fun and of course take home a real Florentine leather." says Marcus. 

"I love the ones with the hoods, and they are detachable and they are reversible, which is why they are a little more expensive, yet most people can do pretty good with us!" We do custom colors and custom made and only if you come into the store since we don't want to take your measurements over the internet." they laugh. Marcus and Stefano in their "baby" store. "Wait, wait,  we need to dressup!" shouts Marcus, yet he lets me take the photo anyway. They are very fun and everybody stays and laughs and talks to them. "The Americans are the nicest. They always say, O I have to think about it, then they buy it and say, O what the hey." he says.                                                       (0039) 347 27 85550

                

  "Come here, come here," shouts Stefano at the American man that has a Sports team sweatshirt on. "You must be from Chicago." he says and the guy laughs, "NO! I am from Boston." "Okay, come here and buy some leather." shouts Stefano and the guy hesitates, then laughs and walks into the store. I told you, they have fun here. 
Okay I always love the new additions to the website to help promote culture of Florence; yet, La Spada and Augustino is special who along with his funny  He is such a baby doll since August 2014 has been my friend. Since they have been on EmmeAnesBook almost 3 years, I kept trying to interview again and finally 10 days of persistence here I am! They are the funniest people which you can see from the pictures. Giuseppe says, "I change the menu everyday. Everyday and when you say what do I do to make the life interesting everyday is I change it everyday. I change everything. Sometimes I am bored so I add new items and I add recipes and food" he says. If I would of had wine in my mouth, the way I do now after the interview, I would of spit it out...I couldn't stop laughing. Usually when I ask Capos the question they say a funny thing which makes each one unique, such as we are very traditional etc. 
         Yet, Giuseppe takes the cake. LAUGHING HILARIOUSLY, "I CHANGE EVERYTHING EVERYDAY!" okay! Augustino laughs. "Everything he makes new food items and adds new menus and he meets with the cooks and says that they must now add these recipes to the menu today!" he says. "Sometimes the cooks become very busy." I can't stop laughing. I guess to make life interesting you  must do something but changing the menu EVERYDAY is hilarious. How long have they been here? "22 years!" he says. Wow that is a long time. And honestly since I have been writing the website 8 years I am very happy always to see my friends that have sponsored the Emmeanesbook website.  
 So I understand if a person says they must make new everything everyday. I love to make new articles on the places to keep these fresh and I love to meet new people too. But it is the first time someone actually said that they do it!                                                                                                                                                           
The Gnocchis at the Restaurant La Spada is the BEST EVER...yum when Augustino asks if I want the Gnocchis with Fish or with Meat I say Meat. However, Augustino has me eat the Fish Gnocchis with shrimp which is yum yum o my God...lovely.    
                Augustino....the Capo of the La Spada is always joking and I am saying he is always joking...always. Risultati immagini per la spada restaurant florence
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Florence has many restaurants and trattorias and osterias and it is easy to find great food if you know the city. One of the very traditional restaurants in terms of authentic Florentine food is La Spada and they are a nice family, kind and giving and very fun to come to the restaurant and joke with the waiters who are never too busy to chat. 
                       Immagine correlata   Giuseppe... capo of Centro Povero.

Giuseppe walks with me to the second restaurant which is named Cento Povero which means, "100 poverty." they say. Giuseppe says, "When we had many people everyday here and too many we say we should open another restaurant and we found the one down the alley. It is a small restaurant and it is very expensive and we didn't want it to be so expensive. We wanted it to be that good and that special yet not this expensive. So, we built it big and now they both have 130 people that can sit in each. After 10 years when the people come here we send them there. Here it is specialty meat and at the Centro Povero it is specialty fish."  http://www.centopoveri.it/  

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  Image may contain: food  Francesco is one of the happiest people that I have ever talked to. Always smiling and curious about life. "I opened the let's say sandwich and bar or sandwich bar in August 10. It is about 8 months now and since I come from a small village in the Chianti region of Tuscany named Montespertoli. It is a small picturesque city where it is famous for Chianti and its great meats. The only meat that I use in the bar is from here and I have named 10 of my sandwiches, all that I have,after the bridges of Florence." he says. "The reason that we only have 10 sandwiches is because they don't have anymore bridges in Florence."                Check out the great selections at: https://www.facebook.com/vinarno/


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While I am interviewing Francesco in the wine bar sandwich enoteca, different guests come and order wine and sandwiches. The place is a rustic provincial trattoria opposite the famous restuarant named Dante's at the foot of the bridge. Outside is a barrel to sit around and eat the sandwiches and a gathering of 8 friends sit and order "10 proseccos, 8 wines, 6 sandwiches," and about 30minutes later amoungst much laughter and conversation, "8 proseccos, 8 wines..." and the party continues at 3:00pm. "It is that way everyday. I open at 11:00 am and I am opened to 22.00 pm. I am seeing maybe to hire a trusted person to help me. It is fun and I love the people that I have come to know; however, sometimes I need a helping hand." he says smiling.

     It is basically a great fresh place to have a homemade sandwich and local Chianti wine, smiling and interested people to chat with while sitting around wooden barrels and meeting people from everywhere in the world. Francesco is a delight of enthusiasm, smiles and stories of where each product comes from. "I love to promote the Tuscany region of cheeses since my village only has one type of cheese, yet the meat is the best in my village and you see each item in the glass case before you eat it. That is important. People love to stay here for one hour and laugh and talk and I do have many families that come in since it is inexpensive and the children can eat quality food while  the mom's and dad's have a much needed glass of wine!" Now that is true!

                    The wine bar and fresh sandwich 

   enoteca is located at:Piazza Nazario Sauro, 5/r .

"The sandwich that people most want to try is named the Ponte Alla Carraia (from the bridge) and has sbricolona salami and soft cheese named stracchino. All the sandwiches have fresh meat which I bring from my home village and fresh cheese from Tuscany. The wine is from Montespertoli and Tuscany. I want to promote and be proud of my village and have the Florentine people and tourists learn about it's products," says Francesco. 


      The Ponte Vecchio Sandwich is made with Salami Pecorino and Pomodori. 

   I tell him to name a sandwich with only cheese and no beef, The Chicago Bridge Sandwich, since the cow burned down the city of Chicago and they don't want to eat the cow now!matteonana46's Media: ..finalmente primo sopralluogo al Vinarno!!! 🍷🍺
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    "We have this indian bridge in the city of Florence and I have Indian spicy curry for that sandwich which isn't typical Tuscany, yet we do have that bridge and a statue of a famous India important person that visited Florence. I thought that since I have named all my sandwiches after bridges it is important for me to add a little Indian taste!"   338 208 9409
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     As you enter the Palazzo of the Vecchio family, now owned by Francisco, who is a gracious and fun host, you

     notice the beauty of the works of art, the antique furniture, the sculptures and gilded mirrors that adorn every  inch of the solid stone building. The Palazzo Ristorante has rooms, and each one is unique and different. Gorgeous.  Stunningly beautiful and I seriously didn't even care about the food for the first 2 interviews! I kept asking where does   that come from? O my gosh where does that sculpture come from? O my gosh is that real? O my gosh is  that a beautiful fireplace!  

                            "Yes, yes and yes," Francisco says, "I loved the restaurant and I bought it all!" 

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   And of course we must talk about the romantically elegant restaurant's food, since it is a restaurant. I tell Francisco that when I enter the Napoleone, I first see it all and approach the bar for a cocktail, a light caffe and about 15 minutes later realize that I can actually dine here! 

     For instance on the menu they have a entire page of truffles, with a first course page of truffle dishes, and a main course page of truffle dishes that follows. Entire pages! Which is truly amazing. 

      "I truly focus on the food. The restaurant is beautiful, yet it's purpose is to have my guests have a good time and to enjoy and taste the food. Every item is fresh and the chefs are the original chefs, by the way. When I bought the restaurant, I kept the chefs! We want to serve the freshest fish that we can find, for instance in addition to the fact that it has always been known as a restaurant that has the finest cuts of the Florentine steaks. That is why people come from all around the world to dine here." says Francisco. They offer me to try the wild boar which I love,  and the Merlot from Castello Ginori.

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 And since Italy is famous for its wine...let's talk about the wine list... "It is mostly from Tuscany," says Jacopo. "Yes a few from Sicily or other regions, yet most from Tuscany." he says. 

      That Francisco knows the choice of his menu and which wine compliments it is important. "I know each wine that I present." he says, "and mostly my wine list is to enhance the choice of dinner. We are known for the food, honestly, although you love the ambience of the restaurant, the real reason I chose Napoleone is the finest reputation that it had already had for its food."  https://www.facebook.com/TrattoriaNapoleoneFirenze/?ref=page_internal

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    "The chefs everyday find the freshest fish and meat in the Centrale Mercato, and have been with the restaurant at least 10 years. The reason that we have the truffles displayed on full 2 pages, as first course and main course, is that I believe here at Napoleone that the truffle should be experienced as an entire category, not one or two dishes. The truffle needs to be experienced in many ways and my chef's are experts at that!" says Francisco seriously. I can't wait for my wild boar which has truffles.

     "Florence is known around the world for it's best cut of beef, yet we are some of the only ones that use the angus beef. The angus beef is from northeast Scotland and is known in the industry as the best in the world." says Francisco. Although I didn't try the huge Florentine steak here, the people of Tuscany love it and international travelers from around the world have caught on to the traditional plate. Mine is, of course, too fatteningly since I eat all of it! However, the mixture of the lovely wine that Francisco recommended, that Jacopo, the wonderful translater, gave for me to try and the wild boar dish with truffle is a perfect combination in the romantic restaurant. "We have many special items, such as I said, the truffles, which are usually only found in Tuscany and the intimate surrounding areas. They don't grow truffles in Germany or Switzerland, for example since it is too cold. Yet here, in the middle of Italy, is the famous truffle. Why we should give the people the delicate tastes to try of these famous specialty" says Francisco, and after eating my too fatteningly wild boar with truffle I see why they present it that way.                                                                                            http://www.trattorianapoleone.it/

          I promise that you shall have a lovely night!                Please check out the website and instagram and perhaps you can choose from the lovely pictures yourself! 

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                          Many years I have seen the door that leads to such a beautiful restaurant which is the 

        Palazzo Vecchio dated to the 1000AD and wanted to dine inside. With it's charming exterior at night when the Piazza Carmine is lit up and you delight with the laughter of the tourists, you become trasported back to the aristocratic feel that must of made up the Florentine mystery of why there is such amazing art and creation that has come from here. Wait! until you enter the world of the Vecchio family and its still preserved interior. "Yes, I bought the entire restaurant, the sculptures, the lamps, the pictures, the heavy furniture, the hunting artifacts in the Caccia room, " says Francisco laughing as I keep gasping entering each room. His father, Paolo, is busy watering and caring for the gardens that are attached via glass greenhouse rooms! Yes, real ones! A big throne chair graces the hallway near the bar(can we call a huge carved 1-1/2 story alcove a bar?) and I sit in it and say, "Paolo sit here as the king!" and Francisco's father laughs and sits and commands attention. (He looks perfect here!)The tourists that dine here say, " Siamo nel XVILLL, nel XVI onel XX secolo,"  which translates to "we're in the 18th, 16th, 20th century." That is how you feel when you experience each room with its own ambience that gives it character, from the real working old stone fireplace that is situated with two tiny vintage tables as you enter the hunting room, Caccia! That room is incredibly beautiful with hunting trophies from other bygone eras with old heavy furniture and table of solid worn wood for 1o in the center and 3 intimate tables near the side. Loved it's intimacy and delicacy combined. As you enter the big dining room where you can see the cooks make their famous creations, a huge table is in the center and reminds me of royalty, and indeed probably the aristocratic families, dining here. 

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                I love the restaurant and with a couple of real exotic Beautiful ones in Florence,

it is in the top 3 literally. My grandfather's name is Dante and my grandmother Agnes, Italian and German respectively and when I first walked into the INFERNO RESTAURANT, I thought how beautiful it truly is..."yes we all love Dante's Inferno, one of the most eloquent poems ever written and since he is born in Florence we thought to make a restaurant that honors his poem and exemplifies the tradition of the aristocratic Florentines." says the very poetic Capo himself Luciano. 

                          "We sat down with a architect from La Spezia and we talked about our vision of the restaurant, the owners include 6 of us, me, Luciano Secci, my brother, Simone Secci, my brother Gianbattista Secci, my partner, Mario Pasquarelli and his nephew Andrea Pasquarelli and his father Pino. The vision we had is of a elegant restaurant that has the inspirational words of Dante on the walls, and is beautiful yet mysteriously different, a little playful. If you have ever read Dante's poem, you know the many levels of it, yet many people tell me that they find it difficult to finish and to understand. That is the restaurant, it is elegant and intimate and private and the cocktail bars are sophisticated and leveled and hidden. That is the poem. Many levels. The restaurant is not expensive, I think, since it's specialty is fish and flamme bois. We bring the food to the table and cook it with flames high. It is show only. The people love it and they feel special in here." says Luciano, since Mario is smiling all the time and speaks Italian. 
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"We have live bands every Thursday in the cocktail lounges and we have DJs every Friday and Saturday. Last Thursday we had a live Cuban band that made everybody jump up and dance!" says Luciano. "Here let me show you how I make cocktails, and if you could please let everybody know that during cocktail festival starting May 2, the best bartenders in Florence compete for the best mixologists and flare. We have the number one bartender of Italy on May 2 making cocktails for you here!" he says excited. Indeed it is kinda cool to hear the latin music in the 2 story galllery restaurant as you walk from room to room, about 6 of em! Plus the outside terrace, the restaurant is huge! No automatic alt text available.


When I ask why they love the restaurant? "Because we love Dante!" says Luciano. And Mario? "The same." he says. "We're proud to see the vision that we created come to a reality. It is ultimately our design with the way we wanted to create something and the architect designed it for us. Coming to the table is special and we like to show off. We want to have fun and make you happy." he says. And Michelin? Is that a plan?  

    Mario laughs, "We hope to do Michelin in the future yes!" he says. Résultat de recherche d'images pour "ristorante inferno florence"

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  "Yes, we have specialty of fish and honestly you can have a nice meal starting from 30.00 euros per person. If you want expensive bottle of wine the price could be 100.00 euros per person or more. Yet it is a restaurant that looks very expensive and is reasonable. I want everybody to come and enjoy the restaurant. Come have a Beatrice or Dante cocktail or a         flamme bois of lamb for a special dinner." says Mario, with the help of my translator!Image associée
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"My brother loves to show off and bring the flamme bois to the tables. The flames are high and we have a great banana dessert flamme bois, too. The cocktails have flames to some of those and since it is the INFERNO, we must keep the tradition of the name!" says Luciano. Does he do the flamme bois? "Only with the cocktails, I do." he says. 

                                          Here I am chatting with the Capo of JIMMYS Leathers...Florence Italy                                                                             check out the black leather dress...only 8 in the entire world tailored made! 
Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing "The designs that we have are mine mostly and Sean, my brother. They are all original and I try to concentrate on the quality, feel, and I am famous for the colors. The new jackets that we have we carry in 15 colors. That is important since we are the only leather company that does that." says Jimmy. When I say that his store is becoming quite known around the world, Alex, his cousin says, "It is a brand, not a name. The name Jimmys is a brand that people around the world are starting to know like Louis Vuitton is branding the name Louis Vuitton." which actually is very true. Anyway the minute you walk into the stores I promise you that you shal say "O MY Gosh O my Gosh O MY GOSH it is beautiful." 
Jimmy has so many cousins and relatives working with him, that it is difficult or should I say impossible to have a conversation about leather that less it eventually reflects back to the owner, Jimmy himself. 
They all love him and they all love and are totally proud of the leathers that they 100% design and tailor themselves. Each and every one of the pieces of leather whether it be the gorgeous leather coats that they have become famous for, or the soft leather bags...you will absolutely love the team and the selection...about 1,000 different furs and leathers in two locations at the San Lorenzo Mercato. The one repeating comment that my guests that shop at Jimmys leathers say is they had "so much fun with the fellows!" or "they were so much fun to buy leathers from!" a australian team told me. It is true. They are really nice. Plus the leather is GORGEOUS! "We tailor every piece to fit you. We can do just about any color and if you need something totally made to fit you it takes a couple of weeks, but we can ship anywhere in the world." says Jimmy. 

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     The coolest addition that is 100% only Jimmys Collection is the attachable fur black cuffs that you can attach to any jacket. "I have a collar, too that you can attach. It gives the jacket a little more sophistication and elegance. You can wear the one you love, for instance, the green jacket that is very soft and fitted to the body and when you add the black fur cuffs on the wrists it gives it a little something." says Jimmy. I say it gives it that feel of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys! It is true. Gorgeous! Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and indoor
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Jimmy's brother above is the designer of the latest mid to long length men and womens' leather coats and although Jimmy does not let anyone photo his new styles, since he wants them exclusive, I can tell you that the leather melts in your hands, is super smooth and great huge collars...hint hint hint! 
Jimmy says, "We love when the people around the world send their friends in to us and I especially enjoy talking to guests that come here year after year. They say the leather coats are the best and I know that it is true since I make them!" he says laughing. Yet when it comes to leather, Jimmy is very serious. "We make all of our own leathers and I have been in the business 20 years. Sometimes my team says we should change the name to something Florentine, like Duomo or something, yet after the years people have come to know my name and they associate it with quality and high standards. That is important to me. I am proud of my name and I am proud of my leathers." he says. Very smart person.
   "The black leather dress that I have is very fitted and very 1950s classic. I only tailored 8 in the entire world and it is very difficult to make, actually. I hope that the women who buy the dress wear it with elegance, as I am sure that they shall and to remember that only 8 other people have that dress! "  A stunning black leather that while I interviewed the Capo of Jimmy's leathers at least 2 people stopped and admired the dress and said, "hmm..." I guess they were thinking about a important event!                                 
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          Claudio and Laura have a real Tuscany restaurant situated in a 1000AD Palace of the famous Florentine family named, Corbizzi, who one of the son's killed Lorenzo di Medici's brother, and the result in the square, as is a Medici fashion, is to have killed the entire family of the Corbizzi! Yes; however, the family and food here is the lovliest ever, and yes I know since I just ate a HUGE (roman tradition) Carbonara although I am supposed to be on a diet!  "Yes sometimes we have wedding parties that come after the wedding for welcoming guests and they love the downstairs since it is very private." says Laura. It is also very very beautiful. Gorgeous and authentic with a real well and ceilings of such beauty in the original tall arched brick. Must see it! 
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"Come let me show you the downstairs," is how me and Laura bond! The "downstairs" is the cellar of the original Corbizzi Palace and is elegantly beautiful. The leather soft grey booths are so gorgeous and I keep oooing and aaaing. "Yes I love these and added these in January. I love the way that they blend with the original Palace walls. When we came here me and Claudio start taking down the plaster walls and discover the 1000 ad brick. It is so beautful, yet is flakes so we can't really have the exposed brick above the heads of people. We chose to keep the covered white above and yet to all sides and the wine cellar you can see and feel the original structure." she says. It is so cool that I believe that you can bring a tour group here to talk about the Palace and learn the history of the structure. "Yes, yet ultimately I want to tell of the fresh ingredients and to promote the families that we use that farm with care and don't mistreat the animals. The cows have a good life and aren't mistreated" he says and here is the wonderful cuts! O and should I mention eat the Tuscany food that is lovely! And fattening. Now I must go jogging! Related image
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"We physically own the Corbizzi Palace," starts Claudio, who sits down with his very funny and gorgeous wife, Laura. "That is the reason here that we can give a family traditional Tuscany meal in a 1000AD palace. Most of Florence is owned by 10 families and the palace's are rented to other people at outrageous rents. They can't honestly afford to have family restaurants in these. Yet we can and many times people approach me, yet I love my mother and father who started the restaurant and I love my tradition of being a Florentine. I want to give the best food. The only thing that me and Laura have done the last couple of years is add fish to the menu, making it a little more appealing to a certain sect, and redecorated. Yet, the fish is cooked in Tuscany style. Every item is from Tuscany. The wine, the recipes, the ingredients." He pauses and for some reason me and Laura laugh a lot! He adds, "That is the real reason that Italy has the best food. We have the best ingredients, especially here in Tuscany. The very best. And we use the best. You must try!" he says and of course the pasta was the best! 

    The waiter, Valerio, brings me the wine of his choice and it is Vermentino. Everybody around the world knows that is MY FAVORITE one! How do they know ! 

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                   "I don't know why they choose me with such greats as Gucci or Dior or Armani. They love my spirituality of my designs. Honestly I work with bronze, gold-plated, iron, and when I do the bracelets that are of a nail around the wrist I use the 7th century techniques which they would make each nail handmade in those days. I use the techniques yet now they are safe to wear!" he says laughing. "If I have a sponsoring investor, or course I would love to mold my creations for somebody that asks me to use precious jewels in the eyes of society; however, for now I use my natural elements." 
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No automatic alt text available."What do the Americans want?" Raluca asks and I say that they want to know that you like them. Basically it gives everybody hope around the world to come to a city that has smiles and hospitality and that greets the tourists with real honesty, respect, and happiness. It gives people hope to be in Italy since everybody seems happy! "Yes I am happy truly to have fun with my guests and I have made many facebook friends from everywhere the last 10 years." says Raluca."I am out here saying hi to everybody and I tell my guests that they don't have to spend tons of money here. They can have a entire bottle of wine plus a HUGE PLATE OF pasta for under 20.00euros and if they don't plan on drinking the entire bottle themselves they can each spend about 13.00 euros for wine and pasta." 

     The plates of pasta are HUGE and they look scrumptious! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Osteria-Zio-Gigi/1131906573617423Immagine correlata

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At Zio Gigi the Capo is Italian and speaks Italian. Only!

However his fun and friendly team speaks a little Engish and I am allowed to interiew Raluca, "I am the waitress for 10 years and I guess let me see the reason that people come here? It is real simple. The Capo is funny and he sings sometimes as he greets the guests he all of a sudden starts to sing a wonderful opera!" And when I say hi to Gigi he starts to immediately sing! 

   "And it is because of the fact that we are cheap!" says Raluca laughing. "I want to be honest, too," she adds, "we have the house wine that is very lovely and it is only 10euros and the food pasta ranges from 5.00euros to 10.00euros. The Italian food traditionally and locally is not very expensive to make. We continue that tradition, of seriously, the typical real food of the Italian people and give it to the guests. Of course the Florentine steak is a little more expensive, yet why do we have to make the prices really high if it only costs us a little?" 

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Don't let the fancy picture fool you,"it is a real italian family traditional restaurant since 1963," says Andrea, the son who proudly introduces me to his mother and father and sister and cousins and uncle, you see the picture? "My father is in the kitchen and my mother, too. When my grandfather and grandmother started the restaurant in 1963 they both worked in the kitchen. The tradition at that year and seriously every year since 1963 has been a restaurant that serves great food with reasonable prices, I say the working person's prices." he says hurriedly as they are cleaning and getting ready for the dinner. "Yes people come in here every night we have reservations, yet I love the idea that you do to try to promote culture and Santo Spirito in Florence. I love it. Seriously we have the restaurant full every night, yet it is nice to help others." he says. WE LOVE ANDREA!     see the food on facebook!https://www.facebook.com/trattorialacasalinga/
"A couple of restaurants in Florence have many years as giving food to the guests yet we have 3 family generations of tradition in Florence." says Andrea."The food is simple, homecooked with only Italians and here at least, a team of 6 family and total of 16 persons working. I love all people yet I am very happy to say that we have real Italians with real recipes of many years. The prices are low because we want it to be a restaurant for locals and tourists to come. The working artisans that make cabinets and artisans and shoes come here all the time along with the internationals that visit and since I have been helping at the restaurant the last 30 years I know many people. The people come in and they always say Hi remember me? It is nice that they love the food." RESERVATIONS or be prepared to wait for that special traditional plate that you have traveled to Florence for!   0039 055 21 8 624 Santo Spirito Square...
  I am hungry just talking to him! 

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                      Resultado de imagen para cinto restaurant florence CINTO Cucina in Torre Restaurant is simply the best cut of meat in Tuscany

          and do we have Tartar, the Classica at 100/200grams, Tartare con capperi di Salina e filetto,  Tartare con pesto di pistacchi, (my favorite), Tartare in camicia e olio al tartufo, Tartare pomodori, crema di olive, A Plateau of 3 tartares each 100grams, you have the idea! 1/2 the menu is tartare!       http://www.cucinaintorre.it/

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  Why Tartare? asks me.  Lorenzo replies, "Because we have a tiny kitchen and we can't cook a lot of food!" he says seriously yet it is quite funny. Located at Via Matteo Palmieri 35/37red, tucked hidden on the same Piazza as Natalino's you will find the 40 seat shabby chic beauty of a restaurant in the Palazzo that used to belong to Dante's Muse, Beatrice Donati. 
"I am only 24 and have been here running the day to day operational section of the CINTO since 2013, which is 4 years. My father and socials make up my partners, yet my father is a Professor of Physics at the Institute of National Research here in Florence. He is VERY smart!" says Lorenzo as we sat down in his adorable very chic restaurant to talk about the difference of CINTO and the rest of Florence. "We don't do the Florentine Steak, and the Ribollita for example. We do use some of my mother's and grandmother's recipes in the traditional food we serve, yet it is all about the cut of the beef. I guess you could say we are famous for raw meat, the tartare and we are very good at it, trust me.!" he says. Resultado de imagen para cinto restaurant florence
"It has sophisticated food yet not in a stuffy sophisticated atmosphere and not expensive entries.  A couple can come in here with a bottle of wine and eat a plate of tartar each and it is about 30.00 euros per person, or share the 3 plate special of CINTO which is VERY big." says Lorenzo.   https://www.facebook.com/cucinaintorre/
"I am proud of the wine and the presentation of wine. In the Cantina, the Cellar down the original stone steps is the table of 8 with a round table where you can see the wine stored around you. People love the coziness of the Cantina and they love to have privacy, plus if you come down here with 8 friends or more, you can have your own private party and waiter. Sometimes they point at the wine bottles and say can we drink that one?" he says as he shows me all the wine. It is warm and cozy and feels like home in the Cantina. Loved it. 

     "Hmm why do I love it? I love the people and the team we have is very funny and very young and we have great days with each other. Yet take their pictures, I don't like people taking my picture!" he says. As is my view too. 

     Le Village Sneakers, LAB_SHOP, Via Castello d'altafronte 26 
             The cool showroom of total custom handmade shoes from the son, Matteo Caparrini who branched out of the long tradition of his family's 50 year legacy of making custom made leather shoes in Florence, Italy. "My father is excited yet not so happy since I am a very good leather expert and shoemaker and I left to start my own design and brand, the first one in my family to do that. I had to open my own leather factory, of me only, since my father just signed a exclusive contract with Valentino to do his shoes." says the young and totally enthusiastic Matteo who along with his partner, Marco, own the Lab_Shop concent store. If you want to order the shoes and you are physically in a foreign country you can only order the ones on my website. The custom ones you have to come into the store in Florence. I have my shoes in Hong Kong, too!" says Matteo. The website is :                      https://www.instagram.com/levillagesneakers/    https://www.facebook.com/leVillageFirenze/        https://levillage.it/shop/    Image result for LE VILLAGE SNEAKERS
"Every shoe that you see I personally designed and handmade. Every one. It took about 4 months to open the store, yet I had been designing a couple of years of my own creations and 2 years since I left my father's factory and started my own. If you come in to the store and want a custom design fitted to your foot, it takes me about 3 weeks to do that. I do embroidery and add little accessories to your style and taste. I am very happy. I love my choice to do my own branding."                          EVERYBODY LOVES THESE SHOES! 
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Since the year's fashion shows are featuring sneakers of all kinds on the runways I say to Matteo that is why he chose a perfect time to showcase his first collection. The models will all want to wear evening wear long slinky dresses with his sneakers and bows and the men will want to accessorize with the gorgeous leather shoes. "Yes, I know. I am very happy about that. I am real proud of my first collection and the opening days here were crazy with people buying everything. Check it out on facebook!" he says and I do. Kind of sad I missed the party...I love to drink wine, eat aperitivos and wear cool comfy sneakers that make me look funky!Image result for LE VILLAGE SNEAKERS
"I take the leather and cut 11 sizes from each piece of leather and stitch each shoe size myself. Each one is handmade and the custom made ones are real fun for me to do. It is nice to have the guest choose with me," says Matteo as he laughs and smiles all the time when he shows you each shoe. They are totally cool and 100% handmade leathers. "I go to Santa Croce, the city, not the square, where all the real good leather factories buy their leathers. It is a city about 30 kilometers from here. I choose the textures and the colors and take these to my own factory in Florence and start making shoes!" 

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"Yes, when we designed the Bar and Kitchen, which Bar e Cucina literally translates to we wanted an international feel. It has 1920s lamps, it has 1950s art deco, it has its own style that can't really be defined and that is what we wanted. I add new little details everyday. Honestly the first 6 months since we have been open is a experiment of us and the guests. We are 100% intune to the needs of the guests in trying new plates, new presentations, new music, new cocktails-for instance when people come in at night and sit at the bar I want it to be a elegant place. No loud party bar since they are here to eat and I don't want them disturbing someone sitting intimately at the table.And it is important to say that at 22.50 if you come into my restaurant and you want to eat and the kitchen closes at 23.00pm, you can still order and we stay til you are finished. After 23.00 though we can have people here sipping cocktails all night, well at least til 2.00am." he says laughing. 

         when I ask if they collaborate. "We worked together initially in choosing the location, the international flair of the restaurant, the lighting for instance from ebay of famous designer Tom Dickson architectually renowned, and the 1920s era is both of our choices.  Yet the bar we both wanted as a sit down to eat bar, which there is few in Italy, yet many in chic Manhattan, is custom made for us with lighting underneath that we turn on at night. The Barstools are a combination of three designers that custom made these for Bar e Cucina, the chairs all custom made, and the tables, and I even wanted a pure industrial look with plain concrete on the floor yet constructurally that seemed impossible to do." says Matteo walking me to each section of the 35 seat restaurant, including the bar seats. 

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  "So, yes we have good cocktails. Yet it is a Bar e Cucina and at lunch we have items for around 10 to 15 euros,    yet at night it is a 35.00 euro per person dinner and up. We've molded the ideas we have with the feedback of the guests and it seems to finally be merging. You know I am learning since it is my first restaurant that I have owned and while everybody told me you will work a lot, I didn't believe them! Now I do believe my friends! Yet it is fun, too. The first year is always a learning year and we seem to be busy all the time while others are slow at this time of year. I guess they like us! " he says as he hurries out to buy more fresh lobsters since they ran out earlier in the day! I would say that is a success! 

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"As far as having any say in the choices my chef makes to bring to the table, I eat his food!" laughs Matteo Mechelli,

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The Restaurant Garga is famous for many things, most notably, from the Capo, Alessandro, is three items: the love of the art of Florence inherited from his Canadian artist and chef mother and famous Florentine artist and chef father, the combination of the culture of the international plates that Alessandro himself has since brought to the table(having worked 8 years in New York city), and the interaction of the guests with both his food and the ability and opportunity to become artists themselves! 

     "When my mother and father started out in 1971, they were butchers for 8 years. They had parties at the house and painted all the time and it might not seem to be creative to be a butcher, yet think about it!, who knows the quality of the meat and how to prepare it better than a butcher!" laughs Alessandro and it certainly makes sense. 
     "They decided to open a restaurant right here to incorporate their love of being entertainers and artists and their love of cooking. My mother brought her famous Canadian cheesecake to the Florentine people, yet coming from America, she also brought many famous international people that came because they heard of a restaurant where the chefs came from the kitchen after the dinners and cleared the big wooden tables and painted while the guests stayed and drank wine and talked about philosophy and the importance of art. Every night they would paint on the tables and when my father became sick we started a foundation at the local hospital where we gave some of his most important paintings to the exray department. Here while you are waiting for the technician instead of worrying about what is next you can enjoy the beauty of the art and the memories of it.  That is important for me as well as for Garga. In my life the pleasure of cooking has brough many important people to let us meet and has brought many important memories. Art conjures up memories as well as the smell and taste of food," explains Alessandro. 
     When I ask him of his fondest memories of people that we would recognize he immediately says, "Definitely Jeff Bridges. He came here during the showing of his film, The Big Lebowski, which me and my father had gone together to see. He is exactly the way he is in the movies. The nicest and most down to earth person ever. He shows up and he is totally cool to sit and have a great time with. He sat with my father and his friend who has done many of the artistic pieces here and they talked for hours about life and philosophy and painting and we have stayed in touch all these years. He sent 2 of his best friends, one is Robin Coleman of the Gladiators and they came and chatted with us. They said that Jeff had told them to come and meet me that I am pretty famous in America! We have had many stars such as Robin Williams and Leonardo DiCaprio and Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, all of which are the nicest people you can ever meet. I won't mention the ones who weren't," he says laughing. Ah People! 
"I would say the way that me and my father are alike is that he loved to eat and make parties all the time and I love to eat, entertain and cook! Yet that is certainly the job of a chef, right? To entertain the guests. And since you asked me if I am nervous when I serve my food to the guests, the answer is yes, everytime. Especially when I make a new recipe, I sometimes hide in the kitchen if they sit in the room where I am cooking in the window and peek to see if they love my food. As a chef, it is a profession and we should be used to it, yet everytime I wait since the individual tastebuds are each unique, right? My plate, I hope, is beautifully presented to the guest, and I know that to me the food is ready to be tasted of the guest, yet since each person is different I do tend to be nervous each time. And I can tell if a person loves it. They taste first and a little smile comes on their face and they eat a couple of bites. Perhaps they sit back and talk a little about the food to the people at the table about the food, and they continue to eat.That  is when I know I did my job!" he says. Risultati immagini per garga restaurant florence via s. zanobi 33
"My father always said that the plate is like  your canvas. The food is your masterpiece of colors. I stay true to that inspiration. Every single dish has to have my approval before it comes from the kitchen to the guest. As if they are in a photo shoot! " Says Alessandro. 
     "You know, many people have asked me if I am happy with my life. The answer is yes and maybe. I have only known the life I have and I know that it is special and that I am priveleged to have had such famous parents. Yet I lived in a bubble of the art world of Florence! It is all that I have known and I hope that I bring the excellence that my mother and father have come to be known for to the table." he says humbly. I think of the Dan Fogleberg song, "the leader of the band," which is one of my favorite songs and memories of my father. Immagine correlata      located at:   Via San Zanobi 33-R
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"Of course people come to restaurants to eat, yet here they have a total experience of the atmosphere and the service and the artistic experience and history of each piece of art and finally the food. It is decorated from years of my mother and father and the last 5 years of my touches. It is as if you are in my home, instead of a perfect architectually designed restaurant. That, I feel, is why people love it. And I have continued the artistic tradition of my family with the tablecloths and the painting. Each guest is allowed to paint on their tables as I ready the food. When the dinner is finished, at the end of the month, we have a little contest and the winner receives a dinner for two from us. I, myself, am not a artist, yet I know the importance of continueing the tradition of the painting on the tables that my mother and father used to do that made the restaurant world famous." 
       "O and of course my mother has cooking classes, which you can reserve ahead with 3 classifications: up to 8 people where you all start the morning at 9am in the Mercato choosing the ingredients, and 8 to 16 people where they all go to the Mercato, yet the prepping here is divided into 2 groups, and finally the 16 and above groups where it is more a cooking demo of me and my mother and they have lunch! Every year the Smithsonian group comes here from Washingto DC and they do that class. Every class, of course, has the lunch included. Afterall, you have to try your own cooking, right!" he says laughing. 
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   "Let's see...one thing I would tell young people to inspire them? Alright, live each day and fight everyday as it is the last one." says Alessandro. 
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 "Always analyze something you combine differently and see if your taste buds approve and finally remember that everybody is special." 
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Image may contain: 1 person, on stage, sitting and indoorThe two brothers from Albania, "the wild and crazy Albanians" says the talkative Zeno, the younger of the two, the older brother is Erion. "You saw me at the King Grizzly Pub", reminds Zeno, although I knew he worked there, I didn't know that he is the brother the older one told me about all the time. Last December I met Erion, who was thrilled to be opening his own Craft Biere with lots of different crafts on tap, yet he always said he had to talk to his brother too, his partner. And then when I went to chat with the friendly and knowledgeable bartender of 6 years at the King Grizzly pub, Zeno, I didn't know it was the same person! Now I met Zeno and I said "O you must be the brother everybody talks about!". 
                                     Risultati immagini per art 17 birreria photos"You know people drink a lot of beer in this city!" laughs Zeno, as he shows me the huge selection of craft draft beers from "countries around the world. Every week we have different beers. And yes I have tried all of the beers!" he says laughing. Well, you gotta try the product to know what it is ! They also have something fun on their website named Untapped where you can write your ratings of the beers! cool. 

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As you see Erion playing with his new toys the super cool taps of Art 17 birreria, come in and have some great beers in a super natural cozy atmosphere of where everybody is a friend, you can hear great live music on the weekends, and everyday taste about 5 new beers if you are tiny like me or big maybe more! https://www.facebook.com/Art.17birreria/

"My little daughter is named Aurora!" says Zeno, and of course he has a beer for her too! Image may contain: drink

"I think one of the things the international tourists and especially the Americans love is the high selection of the foreign craft beers, and of course although we have many Italian craft beers that the Italians come in to try they say they are always willing to try other countries beers too!" says Zeno. And Zeno? "I myself like the dark lagers." and he lets me try one. It is on tap tonight, the best dark lager I have ever tasted and make sure you run to that bar! December 6 is my sister's birthday so I have to wish her a beer birthday and she, too loves lagers! 

"You know here it is about the beers! We don't have a kitchen and honestly there is so many aperitivos around us that once your done snacking and ready to get serious about drinking walk straight to us!" says Zeno. Risultati immagini per art 17 birreria photos

     The favorite of Florence, Vico del CarmineVia Pisana 40red
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"I like the boss who works with us to the tables. He tells me if the people say that the food is good here or not. " Paolo says and laughs and I say O yes they better say the food is good,I guess! The reason I loved the restaurant the first time I saw it is the friendliness of Pietro and the family. All Smiles and real affection, not fake. And the other reason is the beauty of it. It could take you all day to see each and every detail that the restaurant shows about the authentic city of Naples. The food is the best...especially the pizza, it is a meal. When I entered today Paolo greeted me and let me know that the cousins moved to their city that they love, Naples, where they own a restaurant. Here he has decided, "To do a little addition such as the seafood salad appetizers from the region of Campagna. For instance we have mussels with pepper and spice and wine, and we have octopus, baby octopus in tomato sauce, salmon that is marinated 2 days with orange and salt,and 5 specialty fish from that region. That is my addition to the restaurant." says Paolo.      https://www.facebook.com/pizzeria.napulita/          055 233 6862
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The entire restaurant is as if you are sitting in the city of Naples, with laundry hanging on lines, soft pastel painted walls and authentic street signs of a Naples neighborhood, and although it is aesthically pleasing to be soothed by the beauty, the food is, afterall why you came here, right? You won't be disappointed as it is the best Naples style pizza in the cit of Florence and while sitting one night eating dinner, the accountants of the place started chatting to me. They said they come here every Saturday night with the families (about 12 of em) and eat dinner. Yes it is that awesome and the cooks all come from the city of Naples. Enjoy. Paolo, along with his brother, Ivo, own the lovely Naples city replica restaurant. It is physcially beautiful and playfully old-school which simply means that you will have a REAL Italian experience here. The two are both nice and young, with Ivo only speaking Italian. Paolo is always happy and laughing and says, "I love Florence. I am a Naples native, yes, yet I am very happy with my life here in Florence and the people. I love my restaurant and I love my life." And we love his food!                                                   https://www.facebook.com/pizzeria.napulita/
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If you want to hear the chatter of real Florentine Italians and the Old School boys, you must come here on a Friday and Saturday night to experience the real Italian culture. Hint: tons of loud talking, affectionate yelling and lots of laughter. Resultado de imagen para vico del carmine

The lovely Capo, Alessandro and Angela, of Trattoria l'Oriuolo had me laughing much today. I first met Alessandro's assistant of social media, Fillipo, who insisted he uploaded photos everyday. However, "Fillipo is lazy. He has not done his work in one month. The photos need to be how do you say? Added to the internet!" says Alessandro joking with Fillipo who shyly blushes in admittance. Yet, the photos as you can see show the real beauty of the very lovely and handmade restaurant from the lamp posts of Venice Italy that the city had and they ran and grabbed to the very heavy furniture of solid Italian wood. No expense is spared. "The local farmers are the only ones that we use. Here try my latest coup which is olive oil from a farmer about 25 kilometers from there and although the olive oil is expensive it is worth it. It is biological and tastes great. Taste for yourself!" says Alessandro and he runs back and forth to the kitchen while I taste the smoothest olive oil ever. "In Florence only about 5 restaurants are lucky to have been given the olive oil. We happen to be one of these." he says proudly. 
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                   The Famous Florentine Restaurant named Acqua al 2 with head chef Stefano Innocenti

            has been in Florence since 1978 and the idea is to give alternative cuisine to the guests, Italian of course, yet with presentation of fantasy from the chef and composed of delicate dishes to choose from. At the year it opened the menu is a immediate success and has continued these many years to present the guests the culture and food of the fantasy. 

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             Image may contain: plant and outdoor               The cool funky fun of the traditional and elegant Acqua al 2, located at Via della Vigna Vecchia, 40/R.
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            Since 1978 the original Acqua al 2 has been in Florence and the last 33 years the local Florentines have flocked to it, yet now it includes tourists and the students who love to try the fantasy dishes of Mr. Innocenti. In 2000, Martin Gonzalez opened the Acqua Al 2 in San Diego, California and in 2010, Stefano's childhood friends, Ralph Lee and Ari Geidenson opened the internationally loved Florentine restaurant in Washington DC.  We must ask if Mr. and Mrs. Trump have dined at the restaurant and that way we can all feel a little Florentine! 

     Along with the American Diner on Via Acqua right around the alley of the restaurant Acqua Al 2, the owners Valentine and Stefano also own the Dive all night famous Club THE BLOB...here a Friday night event...
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"My brother, Francesco is young and enthusiastic when he started the Trattoria and used the finest of all materials to create it. He had tons of energy, yet owning and maintaining a restaurant 24 hrs a day is very difficult. We helped him at first since me and my wife had owned the Bed and Breakfast in Florence, which we LOVED to do. Last year Francesco says, Alessandro can you help me? I want to open a cool cafe American luxury diner and it is too much for me to do both. And me and my wife bought the Trattoria and now we are totally happy and Francesco and his American girlfriend, Megan, are totally happy! " says Alessandro who is so funny since he is 100% honest in his interview. Most people say that they love being the Capo of because they love the social interaction of the guest. "Yes that is important , yet honestly I bought the Tuscany only restaurant since I LOVE TO EAT." he says laughing. 
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You know that it is a 1920s real authentic Cuban bar, a cuban speakeasy where you can imagine Billy Holiday with her benefactors having a intimate meeting since the owner is totally Cuban...however, it is also ingenious. And seriously, a genius thought of the concept 1920s real Cuban clothing vintage style store upstairs where "everything is for sale." says the owner in a charming Cuban dialect of halting English. 
   "WE HAVE LIVE MUSIC ON THURSDAYS...! where the Cuban girls dance, sing and fight in the Latin way,!" as he shows me the hilarious video, yet they have great music! "Every night I write Cuban music 5 hours here and my protege plays the music on the piano." he says. He shows me upstairs and I try hats on and ooo and aaa at the gorgeous vintage dresses. LOVED IT: Immagine correlata
"I am from Cuban, Santiago, about 22 years now and it is most important to say that every item in here is 100% cuban, the cigars, the drinks, the music, and the clothing. I am cuban and I want a speakeasy funky blues bar that you can feel totally at ease and Cuban." says Lopez. Um...okay. it is pretty cool, actually and the MOJITOS ARE THE BEST! Every lime is real and all authentic ingredients, too! 
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From vintage Cuban rollerskates to derbys, which Lopez , the Cuban owner, gave me to sewing machine tailored dress patterns of the 1920s Cuban styles, you can find these upstairs, "where I thought, people work til 7.00pm or tourists come to a city for a couple of days and after visiting the Ufizzi Gallery they try to buy a dress but all the stores are closed, so at 8.00pm to 2.00am they can come to my concept Cuban bar and clothing store upstairs and buy a nice dinner dress, a nice men's suit to go our for the night or party all night here with me..I make great Mojitos, by the way," says the dashing Cuban Lopez. (ps. he does make great Mojitos of which I had a virgin Mojito, no alcohol please since I already had two wines at a non-descript no sign outside alley bar earlier...I take after my father...).
         Mercato, Via Sant'Antonino rosso.
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Says Ahmed, "I can bring you on the real exciting tours of Florence. You know people come to  Florence to eat the food, of course, yet to experience the culture especially. Since I have been many places in the world, and born in Egypt, I know that cultures are different. For instance, one time I went to the Italy wine in Verona and met Russians. They bought $12,000.00 worth of wine in 30 minutes. They say, "I love it buy it now." That is Russian tourists. They love life. They see something they love. They buy it." he says laughing. I say that I know. I stayed at the Villa Franceschi     http://www.villafranceschi.com/ The day before they opened Louis Vuitton in Venice. Marc Jacobs wanted my room the next day so I had to leave. The helicopter pad was occupied I guess. However, the night before I dined in the exquisite dining room with 5 Russians and their very chubby 17  year old. The entire night after the Verona wine event,which Antonio the Capo had brought them to, they  ate much. The chubby kid ate nothing. They brought me a dessert tray of 3 cookies. I ate these. They brought the Russians a 3 tiered tray "high tea english style" tray of dessert cookies. Risultati immagini per italy with us tours florenceWhen the 17 year old saw me eating the desserts, the adults brushed these away and ordered more wine. The "little" boy looks at me, grabs all the cookies from the three tiers and starts eating! I laughed and asked for more cookies. We kind of bonded in the sense I hope I made him feel included in the dinner since the other adults ignored him, and in the sense that I showed that it is acceptable to enjoy which one loves.

 "Yes, since each culture is different, it is important to let everybody have different tastes and when they ask questions to acknowledge their wants." says Ahmed. "Actually in Russia, the kids are encouraged to eat tons of food since the fatter you are the more esteemed and weatlhy you are regarded."! says Ahmed. Nancy his assistant and I laugh. "That is the way with my Italian Grandmother, too, " she says laughing, "as a matter of fact when I call her and say I want to visit she never asks what time I arrive, instead she asks what do I want to eat! She assumes I will arrive it is just a matter of how much food she has prepared for me to eat." she says. 

Met the new director of Florence Tours Italy with us, today. His name is Ahmed and his great funny assistant is Nancy. 

"Alright, I want you to add every tour we have here and Rome, "says Nancy when I first meet her. She is funny and delightful and most of all trustful and honest. "You have to meet my director, Ahmed." she says. And I finally meet him. He is very serious and very knowledgeable about his tours. They have a great private tour of Ufizzi for only $125.00 per person and if you bring more than 2, the 3rd on is only $40.00 per person in your group! (hint you can share like a fraternity group!).Risultati immagini per david museum florenceSuch innocence and fragility in his face! Hmm...he reminds me of someone, I can't put my finger! on it! 

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How about Florence in one day, David and the Accademia, Florence the Essential (for those history buffs you know it all), or since they are based in Florence and Rome, if you are physically in the eternal city of Rome for $169.00 you can take the highspeed train to Florence, see the city and back to Rome! They are very knowledgeable and the tour guides are years spent in school for their degrees(a must in Italy to be a tour guide) and here they must learn scripts and pass many tests before actually meeting "real" people! Ciao and have fun!                                 

 "Since the tours officially start in December, my tour guides are on vacation the next 2 weeks, if you dare to have me, the Director, take you on the tours, go ahead and make reservations, it is my pleasure." says Ahmed, who has been a tour guide the last 20years in Bali, Florence, Egypt, you name it. HINT: WORTH IT: Ahmed tells you many secrets of life I CAN NOT PRINT HERE!

                  How poignant, sad and majestic is the reality of beauty...the statue of David,

I think based on the mystery of "God" of Micheangelo's pieces I would of married him! Wow! Immagine correlata

"You know Alberto started Tuscani 1 at first with many sceptics. He had only antipasta with 4 meats and cheeses and one item, the Florentine steak. People said O you can't just offer meats and cheeses you have to have pasta and other dishes. Yet Alberto said that he is only specializing in the antipasta of salami, proschuitto, finocchima salami with fennel, soft cheese with honey from pianza, the famous Florentine steak as the only meat dish. It worked. People loved the highest quality of the best products and they came. Now today, here at Tuscani 3 you can have two kinds of pasta which is the street food that you are eating now, " says Barbara, the beautiful tiny delicate wife of Alberto. "The two pastas tortelli and ravioli are only found at the Tuscani 3. If guests ask for it, we send them 5 minutes from Tuscani 4 or 5 minutes from Tuscani 1 to Tuscani 3 to eat the pasta. Honestly it is a Tuscan experience of long conversations with great wine, atmosphere and the best highest quality of cheeses and salamis of the Tuscan region. That is our expertise. We do not feel that you can have a expertise of 15 pages of a menu. How do you know each product? How do you know each person that gives you such? We, me and Alberto take drives and we just drive wherever we want. If we see a place of interest, perhaps a farm of wine or cheese or pigs, we go in and we say hi and we try the products. We find many of highest quality and interest and we eat and buy. It is that simple." says my very lovely personal friend, Barbara, the wife of Alberto. 

   "And here in 'Tuscani 3 we started the see in the window chef as he prepares the two pastas for street food takeaway and sit down service. Everybody loves to see him make the pasta and you eat it as he makes it!"    055    2853 36                        Located at Via Dante Alighieri 18red

 "You know if you want some great cheeses of the region, some great Tuscany wine, and you want to try the real Florentine steak, which is about our speciality, come and try. We have family oriented and cozy Florentine rooms where you can get to know each other and have a great evening. Albeto is very proud of his products and showcasing that quality to his guests." says Barbara."And Tuscani 4 is coming in a couple of days. I am happy that we are starting to think about bringing a Tuscani restaurant to America." 

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 You can find the smaller intimate Tuscani                                           at 

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"The 3 places we have now are all beautiful, rustic, and authentically decorated with charm to bring coziness and a atmosphere to linger. It is a place for experience. Yet we spend many hours and miles driving and finding the right farmers. And we have tons of fun doing it." says Barbara as she introduces me to her great friends, one from New York, who teaches her husband English, and her name is Janine, her Sicilian husband, Francesco. We eat tortelli, drink much wine, and taste the salami and different cheeses that melt in your mouth in the 3 hr. lunch. "I am from New York and moved here after meeting my husband in Sicily. I met Barbara and teach her husband english. They are great friends now and I can tell you that she loves to tell us stories of the farmers and the people that her and her husband drive around the countryside and find. They choose the best quality products. You can taste how good these are...here try that...." she says and if you meet her you must try. I ATE A LOT! of food and such a lovely afternoon of conversation. 

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                  located down the hidden alleys of Via Ghibellinia                      only steps from Santa Croce, where you shall find it full every night of locals from Florence and the lucky tourists who called ahead with reservations.Why? "When you come in at 19.00 or 20.00 or whenever and order dinner and a bottle of wine, you can sit til Midnight!" says the friendly, very knowledgeable and caring Capo, Domenico. "My cook is away 5 days and now I am redecorating and doing my new wine list. It is 16 pages long, features 300 wines and each one has a description , however, every guest that reads Trip Advisor knows that I personally take the order from each individual and give wine recommendations to each. They always point at me and laugh, especially the Americans, "I know you!" they say and wait with enthusiasm for me to suggest a wine."                  

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Have you drank every bottle in the restaurant? I ask of the 300 he meticously adds on the menu and he laughs, "Yes and many more. In my life I have probably tasted 3 million; however I am a sommelier that took 4 years to do the expert level. You have to taste a lot of wine. But have I drank 3 million wines? No it is impossible. Have I tasted that many? Maybe." says Domenico. "I love wine. I have 150 wines that are between 15.00 euros to 30.00 euros. each. And many locals and if the internationals know they come in and they buy a bottle of wine and they take it home. If my bottle to sit and drink it here is 25.00 euros, you can take it home for 20.00 euros. I give people the 20% each one. My restuarant very rarely has two sittings. I love my people to come and sit all night. Okay sometimes they come in at 19.00pm and stay 2 hours to go to the theater, yet if my reservations are from 20.00 pm on you can't take someone else's reservations. And if they want to stay til midnight even if I have lines outside I NEVER kick anyone out of my restuarant. They come as family."                 

                              reservations suggested or come early... at 055 22 60010

"The details is what makes a difference." says Domenico who takes one month to do his wine list, travels to the Verona famous wine event and tastes "at least 500 wines every year in 2 days. Of course you taste and spit the wine out or you would be very very very drunk!" he says laughing.  "I used to be a professional handball player for Italy, yet at the age of 27 I decided I wanted to own my own restaurant and although I can cook, Matteo is a very good cook. I have two girls that follow my orders to every table and we make it professional, yet familiar." says Domenico who laughs a lot.                                                Immagine correlata
"Why are we totally packed every night? Good question. I would love to say that it is because of the attention that we do to detail. I am the capo. I do face to face with each guest. I want to know the guest and I want the guest to know that I care. The internationals trust me completely with my suggestions. The Italians not so much!" he laughs. "The Italians want to choose their own wine. They know the Italian wines and they know which ones they want. The Asians love for me to help them!" he says honestly.  
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  "Okay the food. Let's see. We have pesce that is our specialty and we have Tuscany food. The wine is from all of Italy and the food Tuscany and a little Sicilian since my mother is from Sicily. We have octopus, sea bass and a couple of huge soup bowls full of mussels, clams, calamari, all seafood in broth for 2 people and that is named the GANZI. Which by the way the QUE'GANZI is named for a Italian slang which means it is a "cool restaurant. A special cool place to eat." Risultati immagini per da que ganzi firenze
"You can come in here and stay all night." says Domenico and when I ask if people can come in at 22.00pm, he says, "No it is impossible. My kitchen seating is last seating at 22.00pm, and of course you can stay and enjoy the atmosphere and wine til midnight, yet we have to give Matteo the chance to make the food! Maybe you come in at 22.00pm and he makes each person's dish and you receive the food in 30minutes, yet we can't have someone come in at 23.00pm No. That means we would be here til 1.00am!" He says, no it is impossible a lot! 
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                         You must come meet Bettina, and "Jonny" the waiter of 20 years! 

                                            Via dei Leoni, 8-red, 50122 Firenze   •   Tel: 055 239 8013 

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Everybody knows what comfort food is, right? "Yes we come from California and it is our second day here in Florence and we eat here everyday!" says a young enthusiastic American couple today at lunch. 

    Later, Bettina, one of the two owners, says, "Yes it is true. Last night they came and ate the linguini and the wild boar and stayed and chatted with me over wine. And today at lunch I come in and see the same two people and they are sitting at the same table! They ordered different food, yet they said they loved the cooking. That is the way with Buzzino which has been here since 1848. In that time it is opposite the Medici palace which used to have real lions caged in the walls to show the prestige. That is why the street is named  Via Dei Leoni" says Bettina. Risultati immagini per trattoria buzzino florence

"I love wine. Tuscany alone has over 3,000 wines and here at the restaurant we have new ones every year. Yet we only have 30 wines a year. I choose from vineyards and festivals and wine invitations. You name it and I try it. I love the wine. You must tell me which one you prefer, " Bettina says as she has me try a traditional Chianti and a smoother softer one. I prefer the softer one. "Yes the Badilanti is a very good wine!" she says laughing. "You have very fine taste!" and I am afraid to ask how much it is! My mother always would say to me, "Emme if you have to ask one can not afford it." and I always said what if I am only curious? She would raise her eyebrows at me as if to say, Curious about how much it is? Immagine correlata
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"You are either a food person or you're not. I am a food person. I love November at the restaurant since the old-school Florentines come in and they sit at night and talk for hours. It is quiet here from now to Christmas and it is nice to sit and have cheese and wine til the wee hours of the morning. The food that we serve you say is comfort food. It is true. It is simple traditional Italian food, yet it fills you up. It actually is the same food that almost 200 years ago they used to serve here. They would put the stewed beef with wine in the terracotta ovens at 5.00am and they would all go to work. They used to work very hard in those days, and at 12.00 lunch time the food would be ready. They would come back and all eat here in the kitchens. Allessandro was a good friend of my husband. We all owned the Trattoria 20 years since, and eventually only I am the other owner." she says. "Allessandro is the brother of the owner of Tre Merli, which I see on your site. They are both very different of course. The recipes that we use here are mine. I used to cook in the kitchen and now other's cook for us and use my recipes. I love to eat and sit with the people!" she says laughing. Me too! Profumo di Funghi nel Cuore di Firenze!
         She gave me torricelli and pepeso, a dark meat stew to try. Can I say I am very fat plus 3 desserts, lemon tart, tiramisu, and a lovely cream one that I loved the most!                                   Risultati immagini per trattoria buzzino florence
                                       Fratellini leather Factory, Firenze  (New Jersey)

                                                   Via Porto Rossa 12 R  and   Via S. Antonino 60 R                                                                                                               0039 055 212 833       http://www.fratellinisnc.com/

No automatic alt text available.The two brothers who make up Fratellini at the Lorenzo Mercato showroom are as different as night and day. One quiet and shy and one very creative. I usually deal with Elias since he is the creative one and talks all the time. They both have such beautiful bags and accessories at the Lorenzo Mercato that you keep falling in love with the next one and the next one and the next one...come see for yourself! 

Elias kept showing me the classic and traditional luxurious ones and his brother kept showing me the multi-colored snakeskin and patterns which I love! 

Classic wallets, photo albums, glossy heavy backpacks, luxurious multi-colored accessories, blue, red, green, snakeskin backpacks, bags, purses, asian designs, you name it, they have it, all luxurious and of beauty. 
   "We work with exotic leathers and companies that produce the exotic leathers. We carry a couple of different brands inside the store in addition to ours. I think it is important as long as the quality is of the highest. Since we have our own factory that is important to brand the leathers with the image of high quality and texture. Even in my photos I am demanding to show that." says Elias. 
Here he is doing what he does best, having fun showing his leather exquisite products. "We've been here since 1991, me and my brother and we really care about the quality most of all." he says as he arranges the leathers for the pictures and even though they are soooo beautiful, he is never satisfied. "I don't like the glare on that one, we need to show the Fratellini logo, " he says and asks his brother to brand the brown leather, which they both do together. "I want to show the bags with our names and to let the people know that these are our designs. In about 30 minutes arrives many snakeskin bags if you wait to take pictures." he says enthusiastically because he knows I love the snakeskin, having one of my own and everybody around the world always tries to steal my bag! Now they can come into Fratellini and buy one of their own! 
                              Hi Mom! Hi Dad! Meet Trattoria Roberto 

                                 the family restaurant, at Via Castellani 4r,                                                                                             003 9 055 2188 22  

                  "The Americans of today, rather than 2 years of Obama, are funnier, friendlier, they try to make you know they are individuals that haven't experienced the real Italy here as in America. They are curious and they love to try the Italian food. We have seen many more Asians, too. People seem friendly when they come in. They want to laugh. They want a good experience." says Allessandro. "Here we do great fish, since we're from the coast and my family has that specialty. In addition, we have tagliatelle with cinghiale, which is the wild boar and every American seems to love that, in addition the Europeans love the way we prepare it, and we have the traditional risotto al nero di seppia which is rice with cuttlefish and cuttlefish ink, and the florentine steak , which Florence is famous for, yet ours is only 3.60 per gram, which is very reasonable. And of course the foreigners love the truffle dishes. You have to come and try and since my brother has left, I am the wine chooser. Okay, yes I do ask if it is alright if I do a certain item, yet even if he says no, I do it anyway if I love that wine. Everybody has their own tastes and wishes. Honestly, if my family wasn't in the cooking business, I probably would of been a accountant! My father is the accountant here, yet it is really my choice to be the accountant and so you do what you can." he says. He is always happy and always smiling! 
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 Allessandro, "The reason that I am happy all the time is that I love my job, I love my family 99% of the time, and I love people. 
"O, you must meet my adopted sister, who is from the Phillipines and has been with us 20 years. Although I personally have never been to the Phillipines, she is so nice, we all want to go!" says Allessandro. Below is the famous Ribollita soup. 

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"My name is Allessandro and he is my father, Roberto. We've owned the restaurant 41 years and I should say that in the kitchen my father is the boss and my mother is the second boss. My father is a better cook, but don't tell my mom I said that and in addition she only speaks Italian!" he says as we all sit down today to try some homecooked food that they prepared before lunch. Risultati immagini per trattoria roberto firenzeMine is a vegatarian casserole of rugala, broccoli, cauliflower, and artichokes inside. Yummy and healthy with red wine of Montepulciano. They ate the lovely pasta and the father prepared the famous Florentine Steak. Why have they had success 41 years and others not? "We have homemade food, everyday, of the highest quality 41 years, and my family comes from the Amalfi Coast. They know how to cook the fish!" he says. "...and we're cheap!" 
I ventured into the kitchen today to take some photos and while the cuttlefish is cooking and isn't finished yet, I got to try the vegatarian one in the back. Yum! 
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The Trattoria is very beautiful and totally hidden, you probably won't just wander down a alley to find it, therefore let me help you, it is located at:  Via dell'Orto, 35/ A                  Telephone/reservations 055. 224 148  

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   They have 3 sections, the garden which is vaulted, reminds one of a quiet Villa, the old Tavern in the cellar which leads you to the Renaissance, the first room which is 2 story high and accompanied by lots of wooden tables and heavy seats, tons of people laughing and talking and did I mention the food!
                  Anybody else love truffles?  It reminds me of the pasta my Grandfather used to make from Palermo...real Italian food.!

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   Arturo is old school, about as old-school as you can get!  The lovely aspect of the real Italian cuocos who also happen to be capos is that they have such great stories. Arturo was worried that the Italians couldn't  read my English story on him and so I have a two fold story, English and Italian! Image may contain: food
"The Florentine steak is my specialty as is the meat of Florence. I use only traditional recipes and fresh products from Tuscany. I speak only a little English," says the adorable Capo and I say that is alright I speak a little Italian and we can talk like Reeses Pieces, a little Italian mixed with a little English! "You must try the food. As only when you try the wine and the food can you write about the quality." says the wise Capo. That is true and although my articles are about the Capos, when they ask if I want to eat I always say Yes! Hmm...I am as wise as Arturo! I love the gleaming dark elegance of the haunted atmosphere of the great Trattoria, please try and say hi to Arturo.Risultati immagini per trattoria dell' Orto firenze
   Don't let the quiet dark glossy elegance fool you, the minute you walk into the Trattoria you almost can not talk because of such laughter and friends walking from table to table to chat. I was immediately greeted by two tables full of Italians saying hi to me! The waiters took me to show me the gardens and the rooms before they even knew I was a journalist! It is total friendly as if a family. Lovely. 
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Arturo says that he has been here 15 years and he has decorated the entire restaurant himself. It is full of lovely wine displays, and wooden beams, dark and varnished high above and heavy dark wooden tables that I totally love. They have famous Tuscany wines and wines from around Italy. The Florentine steak, as you can see, is a REAL Florentine steak! The food is Tuscany and all prepared by the maestro, himself, Arturo, who is the king of the cucina, that is kitchen to us English folks! 
                                                                          

                              TRE MERLI via de Fossi 12...

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has never been in question, and with the new renovations happening as we speak til December of 2017, it still isn't in question. "Every 5 years I redo the restaurant. We, 5 of us, started the restaurant in 2001. Now, in 2017 it is only mine
. It had been a famous pizzeria since 1944 in the same place before that and when we bought the restaurant there were so many famous people on the walls, Sophia Loren, Frank Sinatra, all of em, since that was the golden age of theater and the restoration of Italy plus the fact that Florence was a great theater city. We didn't keep any of the photos, although now I wish we had to compliment the elegance of the place. I want it to have that 1970s sophisticated look that it has always had, yet at the same time we're totally changing the theme of the restaurant. It is going to be a big difference in the front of the place where we plan on adding a wooden bar and 6 types of German beers. Plus sports television and in the dining room on the big wall a Big Screen television. I thought it nice to bring the younger generation in and they love to see sports games. The menu here has always been a mediterranean one. We have the typical wild boar and Florentine steak, yet now since the kitchen is huge and has a, big grill, we can do hamburgers and fried chicken. I know that is important to people to drink the beer, watch the game and eat the chicken. That is a American style." says the funny Capo that has too many ideas.                                                                                             

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"I went to college in New York in 1992, 1993, 1994 and lived in the midtown near the theater. I worked at some famous restaurants in the east village and thought New York the most beautiful city I had ever seen. It is strange because although I have visited America since that days, I haven't been back to New York. My family has a vineyard, though and the only place you can buy our wine is here at the restaurant, on the vineyard, or in New York where we export it from Italy." he says laughing.
   The lovely restaurant, one of the most visually beautiful in Florence and one of my favorites 5 years is located on Via De' Fossi 12 plus on the Via Del Moro 11R. So if you have a secret redezvous you don't want your sister to know about you can run out the other side!
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     "You need to come into the restaurant tonight to try some of the vineyard wine that we produce..." says the nice and life loving Capo, and since I am invited to try his wines ...you know where I shall be tonight! Risultati immagini per chianti colli senesi
"Although I have yet to fly back to revisit New York, I always remembered America. Now I can give the American people and International tourists a mixture of both. They can come into a very famous and elegant restaurant, eat traditional Florentine and Mediterranean food, plus drink some beers and eat hamburgers and chicken at the bar. I thought with the televisions and the sports games that I would make it a little more American." he says. He seems to always be thinking of his guests. I guess that is why although it is stressful for the rest of us to completely revamp something that is a success and try new ideas, he is quite calm and happy to risk it! He is fun and I am sure he shall enjoy your stories that you share about your culture and experiences when you visit. Ciao and have fun. 
             Santa Croce Square, Old Florence Leathers,

                                     14 Largo Bargellini, 1,  /055 244 074

      Florence is renowned in the world for the leathers, people come from American, China, Indonesia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Cape Town, London, you name it and they fly especially to Florence. It is the one place in the world where you can have a guarantee that the leather you buy is hand tanned and sewn by artisans and craftsmen with hundreds of years of experience. I have met a couple people in my 5 years doing leather interviews that I totally trusted and loved. Luminoso and his team, along with his adorable children, and lovely wife, are amoung the nicest. They love the leathers that they show to you and they are of the highest quality. Mine is a patchwork lightly colored bag that I treasure, yet you can choose from so many sizes, shapes and bags, and of course the coats, depending on your taste. 

    "Yes that is my jr. capo, " says Luminoso as his 5 year old comes sauntering out of the leather store with a real cool jacket on. "We have sizes that fit around 5 year olds and up. My wife? She has about 100 leathers!" he says laughing and I immediately trust the store. Whenever people say they don't wear leathers, yet they own a gorgeous Florentine leather store I am suspect! Here at last, a lady that loves her leather! The little girl says, "I already bought mine!" although she looks about 3! The mom shrugs as if to say, we own a leather store, what do you expect! 

  "I love the location of my Old Florence Leathers, which is on the Santa Croce Piazza since many tourists from around the world come here and I have a chance to show the leather quality to the guests. I have many ideas, of course for the tourists, and after 6 months of research I opened my own Gelateria next door to the Leather store. All the recipes are mine and I use the highest ingredients. When the Florentine people come here, they say they shall only eat my gelatis from now on, that is how good they are!" says Luminoso proudly as he lets me taste the gelati. Honestly, the best ever. Ever. "We give 10% to everybody who comes in and says they saw on EmmeAnesBook! That way we know how many sweet people read your site!" ha ha ha very funny!  http://www.gelateriaroyale.com/promozione-10-su-tutti-i.../
"The ingredients that I use are made only with the highest available. I use pistachios flown from Greece, yes they are expensive, yet they make my gelati taste exquisite. You try my gelati and it is the king. That is what I want to be. The King of Gelati in Florence!" says the VERY FUNNY CAPO Luminoso! "And I only use the cream produced from the milk of the cows grazing freely  from Mugello produced in the historic Il Palagiaccio farm. That makes the Gelati so smooth. Every flavor is my invention. And when you come to the Gelateria you can see the people making the Gelati in the showroom windows that I designed especially for that." he says. It is great! 
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             Trattoria San Pierino and Trattoria Sant' Agostino of Florence Image may contain: food and text "Alright ready, I am the owner of two restaurants, one is Trattoria Sant Agostino and the other is the newest one which is Trattoria San Pierino. The two unique things about each is that the Trattoria Sant Agostino, which is located steps from Santo Spirito Square is that we are the only restaurant in Florence that deep fries the Florentine Steak with Egg whites, and you have to call me a day before for lunch or early say about 12.00 to do dinner. It takes a while to marinate the sauce. Alright and the restaurant here is that it is the only place in Florence that has the farina flour from Ferrara Italy. A finest flour that makes the pizza very soft. The Florentines love the thin pizza and since I am a traditional Florentine I do too." says the very happy and young looking, Saverio. "I have been the capo here one month and at Trattoria Sant Agostino about 10 years." he says. "We participate in a couple of events such as the wine tastes and the food festival of one day that is named Triticum which is on 11.22. 2017 in Florence at Piazza Pier Vettori at the Palazzo Confesererceuti. We are showing how to make the piazza and of course you can eat it!" he says. Alright we shall.Image may contain: text
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"Please tell everybody around the world that the meat that we use in the sauce is all cow. You might be surprised coming from America that anything except cow would be used in meat sauce. However, in Florence, restaurants typically use cow, pork or chicken in the sauces. Here we do cow." says Saverio. OK! The only meat sauce I want to eat is cow thankyou very much. I am a little inhibited when it comes to my food. Tripe? No Thankyou very much.
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         Trattoria Sant' Agostino is located at                    via Sant' Agostino 23R, Florence, Italy 50125                                  Tel 055 281 995

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             Trattoria Sant' Agostino is located at                      via Sant' Agostino 23R, Florence, Italy 50125                                    Tel 055 281 995

....the charming rustic traditional Trattoria 1958 of Sant'Agostino and the modern Naples inspired Trattoria San Pierino both show the creative and inspiring side to the happy Capo, Saverio, who says, "I look young since I am always happy. I am never stressed. I love my new idea of great pizza at San Pierino and I love to try to do new things!" he says. 
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                    https://www.facebook.com/TrattoriaSanPerino/                      Via dell?Oriuolo 18/r, Florence, Italy 50123                                     tel 055 200 1225Risultati immagini per trattoria san pierino florence

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          ...located behind the Duomo at Via Dei Pucci , at 37. call for directions at 05 5906 0110
    "The important item to mention about the name TOn Sur toN is that it is a play on the name, it is the opposite, such as most of my jackets are reversible. They are the finest silk leather and the look of snake on the other side. I have these in 18 different colors. You should try it on." says Alireza Badiei, the capo who owns TOn Sur toN in Florence, Italy. "The problem with the name is that people all around the world assume that TOn Sur toN and walking by the storefront, both, that the store is too expensive for them! That is the reality everybody can afford an item in the store. I show you, I have jackets above reversible for 380.00 euros and for 110.00 euros and jackets for 1,000.00 euros. I show you the difference and you choose. I NEVER bargain. I don't believe bargaining. When you eat a steak you don't ask the restaurant owner, can I have the steak for 30.00 euros instead of 45.00 euros. My leathers are high quality and they demand the price. Yet the students want a nice leather jacket and can only afford a 125.00 euros jacket, I have that too." says the very honest nice capo of TOn Sur toN. 
   "You know some of the bigger leather names work only with groups, it is impersonal like assembly lines. I work with custom and handmade stitching and personal relationships. I don't like assembly lines and I don't like people who come in here and say hey let me give you this and this. Australians are the coolest people, they come in, they take their time, they buy the piece of special leather they want such as a nice jacket and they pay the price. The Americans are hilarious when they come in they try and try and they ask the people with them, what does this look like, and they laugh and they take awhile to decide, yet they buy and they're happy. The Europeans know the highest quality of Florence and they look at the details and stitching and fit and then they buy. The Middle Eastern take their time and look at themselves in the mirror, if they like, they buy!" he says. He definitely knows his guests! 
  "I have been in the leather market many years and the last 4 years couldn't deal with the cheapness and bargaining, so I opened TOn Sur toN, my own store. It has a lovely reputation and I am nice and quiet with everybody. When you come in you can buy a wallet or a purse or a nice expensive leather jacket. I work with you to fit it and I show you the handmade custom stitching. There is a reason that items come expensive, they don't fall apart!" says the capo. That is true! 
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And the South Americans, the Asians, what do they look for? I ask. "The Asians want certificates and they want quality. They don't care about the price as long as it is high quality. The South Americans are all about the style that is important to that culture. It is fun to work with each and to proudly show my leathers. I love that I have such variety in colors and I can make any color on the reverse, too." he says. 
   Alireza with two guests from Asia, happy as can be with the quality of the jackets, the girl has on my favorite!

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Vincenzo has a lovely and delicate art collection adorning his walls of the Osteria. It matches the soft mysterious beauty of the multi-level intimate restaurant and while the other restaurants of the city have the outdoor sitting and umbrellas, even Vincenzo's outdoor garden is elegant. "The art is my personal collection, from the fire truck painting, to the large open book of pages, to the different colorful cars on the walls. It compliments the restaurant where the food that I give my guests is very personal to me and I want the guests to feel as if in my home, surrounded with my traditional views. The Wild Boar, I believe, is the best here. And yes when me and my friends do a wild boar hunt, we do bring the wild boar back here and have a feast, yet it is only me and my friends. Italy, as it should, has very strict rules on the high quality of the wild boar meat and we of course must buy the guest's meat from licensed approved farmers." Okay that being said, Vincenzo, is it fun to go on a wild boar hunt, like Queen Margot's (Medicis) brothers and Henry of Navarre? "Yes, it is fun," he says!       http://www.osteriadelporcellino.com/it/
                        You must call Arturo to order online:at Call 055 239 8811or walk in to his store and have fun trying on his cool glasses at via Por Santa Maria 82 , where his styles sell out QUICKLY since they are handmade and only one quantity! They are SOOOOO much fun to try on! However in America? No problem,! just call, say you saw it on EmmeAnesBook and tell him the style!   https://www.facebook.com/otticabongi/
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You can use Arturo's online site, or just browse as you fly to the gorgeous city of Florence and choose your styles! IT is best to call though to make sure that they styles they have!

I love the Capo of Bongi Eyeglasses, and have known him now about 5 years. Today we had much fun and as usual Arturo reminds me of my "sister Toni" who I have nicknamed " Eyor" from "winnie the pooh"...here I shall show you... "O Em, I don't know if we can do that, I mean my online store has models that have been sold, and I have new collections that I design everyday and I don't know how to add these to the online store since I don't know how to do that!" and of course I say, O I KNOW HOW TO DO THAT! and here they are! 
  I love the Bongi Collection of the Bongi Eyeglass Store and Cameras in Florence since Arturo and his mother sat down and for one year argued back and forth on how to design frames and glasses that represented their artistic vision, 7 years ago! 

Okay, if you aren't a progressive risk taker wanting only a one of a kind eyeframe, try these many brands

       "such as Persol, Ray-Ban, Alain Mikli, Starck Eyes, Lindberg, Etnia Barcelona, Anne et Valentin, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Bulgari. 

As one of the oldest optical store in town, it has been recognized by the local government as " an enterprise of considerable interest for the tradition of selling the same kind of merchandise for over 50 years" and listed for this reason in the Registry of Historical Florentine Businesses," says Arturo. 

                             
           ....and if you would love great camera equipment, the presitgious Bongi has been here since the 1920s and are world-reknown...Arturo laughs at me as I try to photograph his eyeglass collection(i am a writer I keep saying!) and quickly comes to my rescue to photograph the playful only $135.00 euro glasses. 
                                      
   "The name Il Matti means the fools, in Italian. My father started the restaurant 22 years now, although I am born in Naples Italy, the fact is since the age of 2 I have been here! And wait! Please to meet Chiro, he is the pizza maker from Naples." he says. I ask if I can  make my first pizza and Chiro shows me how to throw the pizza dough in the air, twirl it and finally I make my own, which I of course eat!  "In addition to the restaurant here, which is famous for pasta and pizza, I have a new restaurant that is only 9 months old, and it is a high quality expensive American steak restaurant named, La Braceria. It is only about 30 euros a person here with a nice bottle of wine, and at La Braceria about 80 euros per person. However, you can order the famous beef from Chianina one day before and have a reservation only lovely dinner," he says laughing,. 
"Since I am here 6 days per week, and we are open 365 days a year, the one day that is my play day I always see the Tuscany country. Yesterday I went to Sienna, here let me show you." he says happily as he shows me the lovely pictures of his day in Sienna. "I always see different restaurants and visit Tuscany vineyards. I love that. And I enjoy eating quality food and yesterday ate steak in Sienna. The people that own the vineyards, and especially Frescobaldi are my personal friends. As you can see from my wine, I have almost every Frescobaldi wine that they offer!" says Alesandro. 

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"At La Braceria, it is all about the steak. It is basically a American Steak house. And the filet is served with Baroli wine! We are very pleased to offer the best beef possible and with certificates. The people that come to the Restaurant are mostly from Florence, I guess the tourists haven't found us yet! We have people that make a special night out for each other every week or every month or every 2 months. When the tourists discover us, we won't have any place for them to sit!" Alessandro jokes.
You must find , easy to reach,  the restaurant named Il Matti, located at VIA BORGO S. LORENZO 31r | FIRENZE | T. +39 055 214992 -


  "I love white wines, especially the white wines of Tuscany. I am the person that chooses the wine for all the restaurants. My dad is young, yet he is retired and I am the one who runs both the Il Matti and the La Braceria. A new fish restaurant is opening soon too, and I will let you know when. The La Braceria is a very posh restaurant with only 35 seats and a must reservation every night.             La BraceriaResultado de imagen de la braceria via dante 33 florenceIf you want a certain cut of beef you can request that one day ahead of time. And in addition, I would say that at La Braceria it is a very intimate romantic restaurant, where here at Il Matti it is a family restaurant." says Alesandro.  http://www.labraceriadiscandicci.it/
The young capo, only 24, is a delight. "I spent 6 months in New York, and now I am back in Florence. I love the Americans and always talk at the tables with the guests. It is my passion.! " he says.  Imagen relacionada
                                                                                    VINCANTO Vincanto is one of my favorite trendy, intimate and swanky ristorante cocktail bars around the world. It is on the famous Santa Novella Square and if has the little outside umbrellas, yet the inside is full of modern art from the personal collection of the owner, Giovanni, who is as he says, "A beach person at heart. I love the beach. I am happy here of course and I make the best cocktails, that is really what I am famous for, and my love of the traditional food of Florence and Tuscany, Here the people can find highest quality of Florentine food with a little modern fusion. And the tourists love the food, especially the little pig. It is high quality and sophisticated. And they love my art. The personal collection is mine from a friend, On ofrio Pepe, and now we do a little collaboration of him bringing a sculpture here every couple of months. People buy these beautiful sculptures all the time and I am happy to show my friend's art. But, ultimately it is about the food and the drink." he says. 

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It is always a pleasure to visit and chat with Giovanni. I should say it is always fun. The word pleasure seems appropriate in the chic ristorante, yet Giovanni is such a casual and easy going person that you feel right at home. "I would love to have some good musicians in here, yet we become very full and it is difficult to move around live musicians and give people the food at the same time. It is something that I have thought about, though, since I do love music. Yet I want my ristorante to reflect something very special. I can only concentrate on the food and drink and the aesthetics right now. Maybe in the future we can have musicians if I can figure out where to put them!" he says.   reservations:  055 2741555
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    Opulence, Playfulnes, Conversations...that is the atmosphere at the SimBIOsi in   Florence with its new 5 month old Biological Restaurant...can we say that it is the loveliest                                                           techy Renaissance space we have ever seen?
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 The newest addition SimBIOsi Restaurant with fresh homemade pasta and biological pizza! 
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"The Long table is reminiscent of royalty at a formal dinner yet, it is for social contact. When people come in here to eat lunch or dinner they must sit at the long table and talk to each other. The conversations are always fun.' says Donato. 'The bunny picture has become social media famous and we have facebook games associated with it to COME PLAY WITH US.'
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I first met Donato about 3 years now, he and his lovely girl of many years had just gotten the courage to transition from a online baby clothes business to a new Organic Biologically correct pizza restaurant. Not your typical bent on either course as it originally had opulence and shabby chic decor from day one. However, today I walked into one of the most fun and playful and lavish restaurants that charmingly fit into the old world white brick interior superbly. Connected to the pizza section with a small window in the century old brick walls, it oozes wealth.
              http://www.simbiosi.bio/

'The open space kitchen with the modern tech equipment gives a funky tone to the restaurant. I combines lavish chairs that I found all around Italy, with playful new architectural designs and the pasta maker that the chefs use to make the pasta you order everyday. It has a feeling of being in a huge palazzo connected to the kitchen where you sit and talk to the host making the dinner and the guests that they sat next to you to make you have a lively conversation and joyful dinner.' Says Donato. I found it soooooo beautiful and gorgeous that I kept oooing and aaaing the entire appointment! 
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                     The beauty of the 20 year and counting restaurant is amazing and the fish the Japanese chefs  use such as,  "Octopus from Morocco, Sea Bass from Celofania Greece, Red Prawns from Sicily, all come from a special dealer that I use exclusively," says Duccio. " After all of my years of experience, which is 9 years, a new owner bought MOMOYAMA and asked me to be the director. I said yes, although I had just finished with my law studies and with my law exams. I loved MOMOYAMA and stayed here at the Director. The first item that the new owner did is change all the vendors and only bought the highest quality from around the world of fish. I  had known with experience the best dealers and it is I who order everyday the fish. The dealers know me and I know the best. It is important of course to know how to prepare raw fish and sushi, yet at home I can prepare most dishes myself. Here only the head chef who really knows what he is doing can prepare the fish. It is a beautiful presentation of course yet first it must be the highest quality and the presentation comes from that." says Duccio Di Giovanni, the very eloquent and poetic speaker of the MOMOYAMA famous Japanese house in Florence.  He is serious yet funny as he shows me how to physically find the restaurant pointing to the old Aristocratic 300 year old numbers outside etched in the stone, "See we are at number 10red, which is different than blue or black. Sometimes people google us and they head down the alley then they have to call us on the phones and say, Where are you!" says Duccio.    I promptly add... 
                                       Borgo San Frediano 10/red,  Tele: 055 2 918 40


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                   "The restaurant is set in a 15th century Palace and the tiny cocktail bar next door is a 11th Century Palace. We work with the beauty of the structures and the restaurant has a open garden in the back and two different staircases up to two different levels and rooms. The upstairs is private as is the gardens where you can have a special intimate dinner. At times we can have as many as 100 people here and I do it all myself. Of course I have runners help me, yet I wait on each and every table myself and talk to the guests. I don't use menus, since I know the special inventive items everyday, I am the one who deals with the highest quality fish everyday and know what the chef is having and I know the traditional Japanese menu that we have everyday. At first the Inventive Menu and the Japanese Menu were together. Yet I the new owner said that the Inventive menu isn't so inventive if it is the same everyday. So,  now we have the everyday Japanese menu and we have the Inventive menu which is inventive new everyday." Let's just say it looks yummy!
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 I am most impressed with presentation and with  the preparation of dangerous and exotic fish, since honestly I am most impressed with what is difficult for me to do. Here they have lovely presentations with delicate and rare seafood everyday. A treasure I found, yet it has been here 20 years! How did I miss it! 
     Duccio says, "We  have a formal atmosphere with simple and friendly service with exquisite highest quality fish. That is about it!" 
     "The cocktail bar next door is light sushi and cocktails, which is special to Florence since the Florentines aren't used to cocktail bars as such. However, they love it and the international students and tourists are finally finding us!" he says. It is quite chic. 
    
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                   Borgo degli Albizi, 17/r - 50122 Firenze -

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I first met the family that has owned Natalino in Firenze for 25 years about 3 years now. I interviewed Gabriele, the son, and the matriarch mother, Alessandra. Today sitting with honor at family table at lunch, I interviewed Laura, Alessandra's daughter and her nephew Alessandro, Gabriele's son. It is a funny treat and Laura makes you laugh a lot! 
     "It is my mother's restaurant since her and my father started it in 1993. I started working for her in 1995 at a early age. I have much fun here and I am happy that I do the restaurant. If I could have a choice of anything it would be to do Natalino since it makes me happy to have something that makes people proud to come to. It is difficult work and with my brother, Gabriele, of course we argue. Um, everyday!" she laughs good-naturedly. "Doesn't every brother and sister argue? See I am the type of person that asks my boss, who happens to be my mom, about every decision. Whether it is where to seat the important guest that is coming here for the first time, which wine we choose for the restaurant or if we should redecorate the tables with the glass tops...I always ask. Gabriele is the type that the next day you come into the restaurant we all have new wine glasses! I guess that is the difference!" Laura says laughing. Immagine correlata
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"Although my mother looks like a little frail Italian Grandmother, she is the boss. She rules with how do you say? A iron fist in a velvet glove. She is the boss and she chooses all of the wine and all of the food that we serve. She speaks ONLY ITALIAN! and she wanders around the tables talking to the guests only if they speak Italian. We all speak english and talk to everybody. Everybody smiles and nods at her, yet they should know that the entire feel of the traditional Natalino is because of my mother, " says Laura with the utmost respect. "Hmm, let's ask Alessandro that question," she says when I ask if it is funny to work with her mom. "AAA, " starts out Alessandro, "is it always funny? Is it fun to work with my Grandmother? It can be." he says trailing and Laura and I laugh. "She is the boss," says Laura finishing his sentence. "I would say yes I hope so that it is a fun day since it is my life here. We are a simple people and a simple family. We try to be friendly with our guests and to be kind always with everybody. Yet we, me and my mother and brother, we are 3 different bosses and sometimes the heads have different ideas!" Okay got it! And the food?Risultati immagini per restaurant natalino facebook florence It is a gorgeous place and a gorgeous location and a great people watcher place and of course we love to meet the Italians and eat great food...
      
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"The painting in the back is from the 1960s when the famous artist painted the fresco showing the depiction of the Florentine country life. On the mural is the host, Natalino, standing and Annigoni is sitting with his back to you.  While on the right is the chef of the father of Romano Stefanelli who is the author of the fresco. It is very famous and people always take pictures of it. The building is a 1,200 year old woman's monastery, a convent?  Perhaps is the name and for many years the church owned the building. In the 17th century it was restored, and we love to keep the charm of it. Sometimes I come in here in the morning and I look around and I say, "maybe I should change it? I talk to my family and we only change maybe the glass topped tables with the worn-wood look and the dark chairs to reflect that tradition. Ultimately it gives a cozy feeling to the guests that transfers them back to the 13th century. All comfort and lived in look to it. And of course we have the outside tables where the guests can sit and people watch. For me the guests are too funny, " says Laura. 
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is a amazing 20+ year Tuscany kitchen that is homey and classic. The owner sometimes in the busy season has the help of the cuoco, yet in the little section as you enter is a computer on a small table and his handwritten checks for tables. It is amazing that on some days he is the cuoco and the waiter! How does he do all of it? "I am passionate about my life and my restaurant, young I think!, and you say I look shy yet I am  not shy. I only look shy. I love to have guests to my home everyday for dinner. When you come here you are a guest in my house and of course when you come to my house, I cook the food!" he says. Yes however 30 to 50 people as guests everyday for 20 years that is a lot of people.   

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   It is named "the little restaurant that could," for a reason. "Guests say that when they come to eat at 6:45pm they end up staying and having a bottle of wine or two til 10:00pm. I love my guests, if they want dessert and they want another bottle of wine and they want to talk about Florence and Italy and Chianti wine, I let the guests stay!" he says. The huge picture of tons of bottles of wine on a cart dominates the tiny room's wall and I imagine that it is a subject of many of his guests questions. "Yes they always ask if that is a real picture and they want to know the story. Let's just say the Italians love Chianti as much as the tourists!" Immagine correlata
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   Giovanni has great "Italian Grandma" food as I love to name it. The kind my very Italian Grandma from Modena used to make for us everyday. "The people who come here usually know us since we are a little hidden from the tourist traffic. They come for a week in Florence and if you read the trip advisors, you can see that they  come here everyday of the vacation. They say they feel like family and when they come and say, Giovanni make us something special, I go to the kitchen and cook dinner. That is every night. Every item is special and of course we have Florentine Steak and the Tuscany dishes yet it is my cooking and recipes. I hope that you bring me many lovely and fun guests," he says. I say yes that I do to!Risultati immagini per il barroccio 31 florence
    How charming and romantic can a Florentine Restaurant be? Check out Giovanni and Il Barroccio 31 which is famous world wide...the little provincial jewel...if you can find it! 
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                         (a French Provincial style from the Capo's French wife

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   °My husband cooks in the restaurant and I cook at home. He knows nothing about the kitchen at home!° laughs the very beautiful, Lea, who is 100% French. °We met about 7 years ago when I came to University in Florence. Was it love at first sight?° she glances at Arber, her Albanian husband who is 31, °No, ° they both agree. °The 2nd date is 2 weeks later at the same nightclub named SPACE. We leave together and it is love at second sight!° they say laughing. They are both refreshingly playful, funny and alive. °The people that come here are about 90% tourists and that is the reason that we do not change the menu. Why should we change the menu when every time the people it is their very first time in our restaurant. It is all new to them.° says the very honest Lea. The young couple are delightful, Lea is only 28 and has been here in Florence only 7 years, from France. Her husband is Albanian and has been here about 20 years and is only 31. "My mother and father from France and my brother are visiting for Easter and it is a huge help since we have 3 baby boys." "3! Already I say. "Yes one is 3 years old and two 6 month old twins. And everyday they come to work with us...here they are." she says and in walks Mom and Dad with the twins. Um...how do you do that? "My facebook on the restaurant has pictures from 2 years ago. I really must take a couple of pictures and post these yet we are too busy!" she says laughing. 
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"The Americans love the Wild Boar," says Lea who introduces me to the, again, young kitchen staff and the waiter named Aldo who is gorgeous. "They are all either cousins of my husband or friends!" she giggles. 
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The restaurant is charming and has a open glass kitchen with a very French Provincial look to it. "That is odd since we bought the restaurant and it is the way still that we bought it. However, we hope the year of 2017 to redecorate it and yes I want to do a French elegant look to the restaurant. Of course it is a Italian restaurant and all real homemade Tuscany food, yet I am French and I know how to decorate!" Lea is laughing, trying to help her little boy eat chocolate Easter eggs, and smiling at the twins all at the same time as the interview. Do they ever go out for elegant romantic dinners? I ask. "Um....no!" they both laugh. "We are too busy doing the restaurant, the babies, and when we go home we only do family time with each other." I guess at the moment they had enough romantic nights.!Related image
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"Aldo is the waiter and he and I am always with the people. My husband helps his cousin in the kitchen and they are the big cooks. Me and Aldo have real fun with the guests who are almost always tourists and it keeps us busy talking to that many people of different languages. I speak Italian and French and English and my husband speaks Italian and English and Albanian." She says. When I ask if they always ask for the Wild Boar?

"The special is the Florentine Steak and honestly people come here since it is only 1 kilo for 35.00euros for two people. That is why they come and we of course have the pasta with wild boar. The Americans love that. No I do not have Trippe since we do not eat Trippe why should the people that come here try it." she says.     Um....YUM


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"Basically we have Just'o, which you say you have in ROME Italy, and you can make your own bags, MISSONI, and Franco Pugi. The most important item is that the people know that we have EXCLUSIVE SILK SCARFS THAT IS REAL ITALIAN SILK. VERY IMPORTANT TO SAY THAT." he says.
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                                                       Via Santo Spirito 46Red  055  0469048

"The Bar is something that I did with all my heart and it is a personal project that we wanted to do...something really different and we found the ristorante cafe in here and we thought, alright it is on one of most important streets in florence and  I want to show my appreciation and respect for that importance and do something elegant here. Something that people can be proud of and in January we opened after 6 months, since we started in June. I did the work myself and since honestly I am very pampered at home in Lebanon, I am very proud that I did it all myself.  

     Honestly, again, I couldn't call my dad and say, "Can you come here and fix things?" You know, I had to figure it all out myself and I am very proud of all that I have done, from the colors to the physical transformation of the place.  I am 1/2 German and 1/2 Lebanon. I have lived in Florence 5 years. My father has worked for a Italian company the last 20 years and we came to Florence all the time. I love the Italian people and I love the Italian people and I would only go back to Lebanon to visit since now Italy is my home.


       I am 24 and my partner is 20. He is my brother, Matteo. I am very humble, trust me when I say that. The first day I didn't know how to make a cafe espresso yet I learned very quick." He says 1/2 joking and yet at the same time totally honest! Okay, we have to talk about the flamingos, which by the way are everywhere in the cafe. "In Lebanon it is sophisticated and elegant and the people spend millions of euros on the kitchens and the decor of the restaurants. I love the flamingos and I love that style. It is very personal to me. And the name Gosh came from one of me and my brother, Matteo's, favorite songs. That is why we named it Gosh. The lawyer kept calling for months and finally he said " okay today I don't care what name you are naming it yet you have to name it something." And I said okay as I am looking at my MP3 play list...let's name it GOSH!  And we named it Gosh and now everybody comes in here, especially the Americans and the Chinese and the Americans say, " O My Gosh!" and start laughing and making inside jokes with each other, and the Chinese say quietly," o my gosh!".

When I first entered the bar, I met Matteo!  The younger brother. "I am real shy and my brother is the social one. I was in college yet since working here, I don't have time to go to college and since I would probably of ended up working in a place like Gosh, it is better that now I am a partner in Gosh and didn't finish college." he says. He is real quiet and nice and meticously and silently makes your drinks. It is difficult to make conversation with him since he is so shy. When I say to Alexander later that his mom and dad must be very exceptional people to have raised such nice sons he says,"That is because you don't know Matteo very well. He isn't so quiet all the time, trust me. He has his moments." A the lovely world of siblings!
"We had a Creative Aperitivo Group come here and ask to do a privato party. We made food for 60 people and expected that many. 
That Saturday night about 250 people came since they promoted it on social media and the internet and they were standing outside and inside and at about midnight we ran out of all of our alcohol! People were yelling at me "WHERE'S THE FOOD!" And I kept saying that we thought only about 60 people would show up! Seriously. Yet 1/2 of the people didn't even pay since it is only me and my brother behind the bar and a girl helping and we just couldn't make it to everyone. And I was just learning how to make drinks. IT WAS INSANE! Trust me. Fun yes yet at the time JUST INSANE! Next time, I shall hire more people to help out with all the guests that come!"

   The gorgeous cobblestoned Via Santo Spirito... Image result for gosh the elegant bar in florence at via santo spirito 46

  "When I go to the table I am very honest with the guests. I say that I am still learning. Trust me you  can't fake my inexperience, yet at the same time in the last 2 months I have become quite a good bartender!" says Alexander. "I come from a family that sets very high standards and I expect to set the same high standards. I didn't drink alcohol til now. Okay now I must taste the drinks to make sure that I am making the drinks right!" he says laughing. "Hmm...am I happy? Let's say that I am never satisfied. I am always trying to make better, yet I believe that I have a high quality place where friends can come and chill and spend a couple of hours drinking and socializing and having a good time. They come here and drink one drink and go to dinner and come back. In one week we shall  have a entire new menu. Right now it is food from Beirut Lebanon, and France and Italy...let's say International. Yet now the last 4 days I have learned to cook since I just hired a new cook. I am learning new skills everyday!" he says laughing. "Mostly and honestly since I went back to Lebanon after 1 month and asked my friend who is one of the most sophisticated and experienced bartenders in the Beirut culture to teach me. And he had to teach me everything about bartending.  And I learned silly things such as how to shake a shaker! Seriously. I had to learn it all. I jumped right in. I had to. I didn't have a choice. And now I am successful. I am happy and proud of what I have created." says the charming Alexander! No automatic alt text available.

                   You must come to chill and check out the fun and natural ambience of GOSH! 

                                               

Immagine correlata"I started the restaurant with my cousin when he is 20 and me 21. I know that I look young since I am young." the very sweet owner of Trattoria Lo Stracotto in Florence, Italy says when I say wow you look really young..."now I am 28. We've been here almost 7 years. When we first opened the restaurant I said to my cousin hey do you want to open a Tuscany restaurant with real traditional food that you can only find here? And he said yes. After looking everywhere in Florence we found the perfect location near the Duomo and the Central train station. From the 1st day when my grandmother came in the kitchen to teach us to cook, we've been giving our guests traditional Florentine cooking. It is all handmade. The first thing she taught us to cook is Florentine Steak and Florentine beef stew with pepper. Sometimes she comes in and tastes the food and she says O that needs a little less of that, or this add pepper. She is funny and we always do whatever she says to do!" Francesco says.                                     
Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 17,  reservations 055 2 30 2062

              http://www.trattorialostracotto.it                                                                                                                                                Immagine correlata

Here is the beauty of the Restaurant named Trattoria lo Stracotto..."that is a traditional restaurant that people know is homemade cooking. All done with the hand." Francesco says..."When we want to try a new dish we call my Grandmother and she comes and teaches us still today. We're all young here except for Mario he is Executive Chef in the kitchen...he is 50 okay he is old!"  

                                              The owner of Trattoria Lo Stracotto, Francesco with his friends. 

As you can see the restaurant has that world charm of tradition and elegance..."we added every year it has been here. I am happy with it now and we keep trying to improve it. My partner is Tomaso," says Francesco, "and since we're both young we just jump into things. When I go on a trip I just say O I would like to go to Spain. Then I go to Spain. When I am landing I say O I need a place to sleep and fun things to do and that is how I do it.The advice that I would give to young people is just to do it. Do whatever your dream is. And learn as you do. When we opened the restaurnant we didn't know how to cook and now it is a famous restaurant. We learned from my Grandmother and her recipes from a little town named Impruneta near Florence."

"every time the tourists come in and after they eat they say"o it is our last day here and we finally found a great restaurant. We wish we would of found you the first day and we would of come in and ate everyday here. I hope that people read your articles and come in the first day! And every day at Florence!" he says.  

Tommaso and Francesco are the sons and cousins of Stephano and Fabio respectively at a restaurant named Lo Stracotto in Florence.  The papa of Tommaso, Stephano, owns the very famous Antico Ristoro Di Cambi at Via S. Onofrio 1, right over the bridge Ponte Alle Grazie,in case that you don't know which one it is the one to the left of Ponte Vecchio.
                                                        http://www.anticoristorodicambi.it/cambi_ristoro
              O yes they might look like innocents but believe me these characters
              are all about jokes. Take for instance when Stephano says that "only
              intelligent tourists can find us." When I ask how can you tell if it is a intelligent
             tourist or not? He says, "Andrea, my nephew put a sign on the door as a test. If
             they try to open the side door they're not intelligent, if they come in the front door
             they're intelligent." he says. Okay toward the end of the interview guess what door
             they lock for my exit? That is right...the front door which makes me go out the side
             door which translates to? If you can solve that riddle you can go eat here! Image may contain: food                I must also say that they are very smart as when I keep hinting after Stephano says,
                "we are most famous for the Florentine Steak. We've been right here since 1967
                 and everybody in Florence comes here since we have real home cooked food. The
                 first years my father owned the restaurant and it is only a sandwich and wine store.
                 In the 1980s me and my cousin, Fabio, opened the restuarant. Of course we could
                 make sandwiches, yet the real cook is me." says Stephano laughing. "I am the best cook."
                 He and his nephew Andrea laugh hysterically and Stephano keeps laughing saying, 
                 "I am the best and people come from everywhere in the world to see the crazy team
                 I have and to have fun. If you are a joker you can work for me. You must be crazy."
                 Stephano says and Andrea starts laughing again, "Yes we are crazy but professional."No automatic alt text available.
                            When I ask if Stephano has good Ribollita? He shows me a picture
              of him winning number one in Florence making Ribollita soup! "Yes of course
             we're number one. That is why people come to eat here. And yes I do like the 
             tourists and I am only joking when I say that only intelligent ones find us. 
             The Americans are nice and the Europeans and the Canadians are too. The
            South Americans find us from Brazil and the South Koreans too. Very nice."
           In walks his brother, Fabio, who is serious. I say that he doesn't look too funny.
           "O he is the crazy brother and the funniest." Fabio smiles, walks behind the counter
           gives me a glass of wine and some wonderful meat to try. I say to tell Fabio he is
           my favorite member of the family. They start laughing and Stephano translates
           "She says you are the favorite since you gave her food and wine." That's right :)
                          Ps. real and authentic kitchen of Tuscany plus crazy lovely fun
     
                                                                       T. 055 217134

                                        http://www.trattoriabbq.com/chi-siamo    https://www.facebook.com/trattoriabbq/?fref=ts

"The table at the top is of course special. Everybody comes and that is the one that they ask to do... and we allow to stay the entire night! The view from the top! Now we make a special another restaurant that will be connected only throught the kitchen. It is still a section of the Corsini Palace and it has huge ornamated ceilings with paintings that is of a historical nature and such we need a long permit to restore these for the restaurant. Now finally it has been one year and the permits come. The outside used to be a alley and the huge rocks that make the road will remain as the bar area. Very beautiful and very in keeping with the original structure. The menu a little different and the entrances different. We are very excited to see the new restaurant and happy the guests come here everyday. You know when people in Florence say that their restaurant is empty in the low season we are lucky that we are full every night...during high seasons 3 seatings a night and low seasons full. I hope it is the food and I know it is the service." Says Markus, the son. While we sit and chat his daughter comes in and there is a lively discussion over going to Africa in one week. I say how refreshing to see a normal family! His father, Massimo, started the restaurant in 1984 and is mischievious saying, "I am the trouble maker!" 
                                        The Father and Son enjoying a well deserved glass of wine at Trattoria Enzo e Piero... I say that Massimo should rename the trattoria for his son and daughter. His son is Aldo and the cook! His daughter is Francesca who has a little 9 month old baby and one day came with the baby on the back working tables! Does he think about passing the legacy to his children? "Maybe," he says. http://www.trattoriaenzoepiero.it/

                                                     Risultati immagini per osteria cinghiale bianco

                              
    Pizzeria Lo Spuntino  Via del Canto dei Nelli, 14, Firenze                                                      055 210 920

and for fun Giovanni? "I love to do sports...and is it fun to be the boss! I am the friend of my team...I don't say no.! I AM THE BOSS! I am the friend...that is the way we live...we work with each other." And Massimo?..."Sometimes we walk in the park and have a coca cola..."


 
"yes yes yes," says Giovanni, a wonderful hilarious person that has owned the Pizzeria Lo Spuntino the last 32 years. Here is where he shops for the food that he cooks for his guests. The famous Mercato at Florence. See the fresh cheeses and vegatables? Everyday..."Everyday I come to the Mercato and I buy food for my home...yes I eat pizza everyday and for the kitchen here my Cucina buys tomatoes fresh and that is my guests that eat the fresh food that we buy at the Mercato." he says...(Maybe!) it is with a help of translator Massimo alright alright we agree to disagree... the bottom line is I am eating pizza here tonight and since it is a family tradition, "I fell in love with my wife WHEN I WORKED WITH HER ABOUT 50 YEARS AGO!
Come have a blast with Giovanni and his sweet friendly and sincere team...and while you're at it eating his pizza remember where all that great food came from...the Mercato next door!
                                   
Here the fresh food from the Mercato...Giovanni's favorite food? "I love the Pizza Tuscany. It has fresh tomatoes...Really I am simple." he says.  Usually people have fancy dinners and fancy pasta...Giovanni likes pizza and? "spaghetti...keep it simple." he says.

        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."

            Giannino In San Lorenzo 

       http://www.gianninoinflorence.com/it/

                    055 239.97.99 

The restaurant has 3 rooms and 3 floors of more rooms! It is huge and artistic and beautiful. "The restaurant used to be an    open air mercato in the 14th century. It is where the merchants would come to buy the vegatables and fruit. Now it is a restaurant and although the decorations are my taste to match the traditions the structural is original." he says when I say how beautiful the ceilings are.  Please come to see and eat at the lovely Giannino in San Lorenzo Restaurant - Winery

via Borgo San Lorenzo 33/35/37r

Giannino In Florence and owner Riccardo are both steeped with tradition of Florentine Culture. "I studied political sciences when I was growing up and went into the restaurant business since I wanted to show the world the traditional Florentine food...one of my favorite quotes is "Every Italian Grandmother has a kitchen and do you know how many Grandmothers are in Italy!"" he laughs. "Every region has its own food and everytime I put food on the table it is a work of art. My food is my art. My kitchen is my art to show the world. " I say that his words are poetic and artistic and his assistant Sabina translates and they laugh. "No no my food on the table is poetic and the art" he says. And his favorite food at the restaurant? "The Tripe is my favorite." he says. Aah! I say Tripe! "Yes that is my favorite. We have great Steak too." and he teaches me that the Florentine people eat much more soup than pasta! And we thought Italians only eat pasta! "Each region is different," he reminds me 

Upstairs is the beautiful rooms that remind me of a ballroom dance! It is huge with elegance abound. Lovely for groups, intimate parties, dances! cool. 

BELOW, THE famous owner of the traditional restaurant who's older brother said, "What do I love about my restaurant while I am giving cheese and salami sandwiches to the guests everyday? My family, that is my love!" Um okay! They're a real nice family and they love the food that they give you. A sweet treat of genuine kindness.  

A very funny family run restaurant where the guests are as happy as the owners, Lucca, Edoardo, and Daniela! plus the wifes:) 

"Every morning we walk across the alley to the famous Mercato and buy the pasta home-made of course...and we're famous for the Florentine Steak that we marinate in Chianti for 3 hrs." says the young owner when I ask okay why do the people from everywhere in  the world come here? 

"We're open all year round. The outside gardens have heat in these and people love to sit outside near the warmth. My favorite on my own menu is the tagliatelle with the pork over the top." says Paolo and his assistant says, "Mine is the Florentine steak. We're famous for that in Florence and here." she says. The owner and she take me downstairs into the wine cellar. Here we are met with huge selections of wine and soft elegant tables..."you can have a private party here or a elegant table with only two people. Sit on the leather couches and drink wine or at a intimate table and dinner reservations." They say as i oo and ah at the decorations. When I swing back around they're chowing on the pasta! and I say that is must be good since everybody is eating!
The Beautiful fun Pinocchio Restaurant at Florence has a fun loving owner and a sweet informing friendly team. The food is pretty darn good too! "It is because I love Pinocchio is why I named it that and the man who wrote the famous story lives right down that alley here." he says.
And we know honestly that the restaurant named "Pinocchio"  of as funny since it is about that little boy that came to life the restaurant is beautiful and elegant. "Yes the building is from the 17th century and they used to house stables here...Florence is built on top another city!" he says of the wine cellar below that used to be street level. Totally cool. Located at centrale 24... love love love piazza del mercato
Be so will  enchanted with the totally sweet  merchant carts right along the tables...the finest leathers in the world not to mention the Chianti is produced here...the only place in the world were you will find Chianti is here.

                                    Ciao elegant, yuppie, chic, modern, great time fun, that is the new upscale think New York inspired young adult cafe and bistro and of course tiny elegant pizzas with cocktails and wine near the bridge of Florence...named Pizzino at via maggio 2r not to be confused with the hectice Ponte Vecchio Bridge yet tucked in the corner down the alley...and how chic is the bar? Santa Trinita(my grandmother is Anita from Modena Italy and the most beautiful woman ever so I love that bridge!) Think Philadelphia Norther Liberties, Think New York Swanky Village 8th East Village MacDougal street, Think "Brooklyn is becoming very trendy and expensive where all the yuppies want to live now. It used to be a cool place and a inexpensive place when I lived here yet now everybody wants to move to Brooklyn since it is actually in its own authentic quaint way cooler and less expensive than New York city." says the Florence born and bred owner of the trendy restaurant Pizzino. Yet he lived in New York the last 7 years!  

     Baby Pizzas named PIzzinos! 

The owner of Pizzino is Guilo Spezza and he is truly nice.  http://www.pizzinocaffe.com/

                

"My partner had a boxed music when we came in the morning and I immediately changed it. You know I love Jazz and I loved my days in New York and I am truly inspired by the New York village style. Yet I wanted to come back home to Florence and I found that the way that I could do that is to bring the influence of New York to here. We officially open on Saturday yet we tried a little opening last Saturday and now today the first morning. Everybody in the neighborhood comes in to say hi. They love the chic bistro on the corner and they know how hard I worked the last 1 year doing it. Now they come in today and say WOW congratulations and it is totally cool. " says Guilio. He is such a normal person yet think of him with TONS of boundless enthusiam!!  

 

"The pizza here is tiny and chic. The pizza Master is only here about 3 months and he is teaching his craft of making pizzas to the apprentices. He is the best from the coast of Italy. When people come in here they can have little tastes of treats in the morning and afternoon or they can have the pizzas. We are definitely more expensive then the really bad pizzas of 5 euros but we're worth it. We want a quality bistro...not cafe, not just pizza but the entire package. I say that it is finally my turn to show what I can do. It is fun and I know that I work about 15 hrs. a day. Yet honestly when I lived in New York I came home to Florence maybe two times per year since my family is Old School. They don't fly. I had to visit my family. Now they come in to the restaurant as it is being built and say O that is nice! They're in their 70s. I live with my family. They love having me back here and although my father is a architect we hired a young architect to design the place. My father comes in and enjoys the pizza and that is it! " Guilio says and I think...hmm his father probably has a different idea of what the pizzaria moderna should look like!  

Enoteca Millesimi is the wine store that one finds wandering down the alleys of say Florence, Paris, Morroco... you're lucky you can find it right here at Florence Italy. The owner is a delight and the store brick, old, dusty what you would expect to find at the real Vineyards Cellars...VERY COOL... 055265 4675      http://www.florencewinemerchants.com/…/enoteca-millesimi.ht…

 “It is a big privelage to come downstairs where all of the wine is stored about 15 years now...see that bottle? It is a vintage bottle from 1952. I bought it a couple of years ago it is a excellent wine...” says the beautiful owner named Anne Marie. Since she is French I dare not ask her how old she is having learned that from a friend who I housed on his bohemian yacht 3 months... that is a question that people don't ask French women he said. As a matter of fact one time , he says, I asked my fiance who was much older how old she was having never dared ask before and I have never seen her since...true story! Okay the reason is that she says, “Me and my husband have been recording producers of a great record music company many years about 15 years. Now he does his record company and I do my wine store about 15 years. I say that is mine!” and a son of 30 years old yet she is beautiful in that classical delicated bone structure of true matriachs... I had a great conversation with her in the crates and dust wine store. It has many layers upstairs and downstairs.

"You know you could keep the collections down here forever yet every year we must pay taxes on the how do you say?” she asks and I say the inventory? “Yes the inventory. So you have to drink the wine. We must drink the wine and sell the wine we can't just keep the wine it the cellars.” and I say that I could be quite useful in that arena of helping her drink the wine! And we laugh. I oo and agh at the dusty collections of the bottles after caverns and caverns and cellars of the 1000year old basement...it is pretty cool down there and they have some great wines. Try it check it out at Millesimi Borgo Tegolaio 33/red....

“You know everybody has wine tastings... I come from Marseilles France and am raised it the traditional way. I only have exclusive Italian wines and Burgandys and Champagnes from France. When I do a wine tastes it is only with my good clients that I know would love to discover a fine wine a new wine to add to the collection. It is all about the collection. They taste the wine to discover if it is right for them. It isn't a bar here. It isn't a place to come guzzle free wine!” she enchantingly says and you feel as if you are in the Frescobaldi vineyards!

"One of my sons says that o hey mom I don't want to be a wine person since you're a wine person I want to do my own beer company...so I have a little section at the front of the store where he has his beer. He travels all around Italy with it but I tell him This is a wine store...yet I run downstairs and grab his beer and have them there on the shelfs" she says proudly..."the other one wants to be a painter!" I say that goes good with wine...like a good Michelangelo or Renoir...let's have a little wine and paint!  Try ARCHAIC BAR and BREWERY craft beer in Florence right around the corner block. https://www.facebook.com/archea.brwry?ref=hl