Trattoria Sostanza is kind of a very old school place (since 1869), a place where you sit on a wooden bench in a communal table and eat traditional Tuscan food. They do 2 seating for dinner so you prob should make reservation in advance, the food is simple and very Tuscan. was recomanded to me as the place that serves the best bistecca alla fiorentina in Florence. I guess it is more of the peter luger approach rather than the craft steak way around food, but there is still some magic in it I guess, and a lot of strait forward bold flavor.
starting with some Pasta al burro which comes with real chunk of white truffle butter, needless to say – amazing.
very recently butchered from a real Chianina beef, nothing but pure meat and flavor cooked in this kitchen (which you should walk through in your way to the restroom) over real burning woods.
I did had to add some freshness to this intense amount of beef in a form of fresh mixed salad.
and just to end it all another Tuscan dessert with fresh berries.
Trattoria Sabation, Just from the other side of the arno river, very authentic Tuscan spot, out side of the main tourists area, not that I had much idea of how to order or what, but everything that came after was quite superb.
Skipping the antipasti by ordering first the Ravioli al Sugo
followed by Salsiccia toscana con fagioli alluccelletto – a Tuscan sausage with beans.
and a green Tuscan salad, with slices of shaved fennel and carrot.
and a Tuscan version of Cremsnit cake for dessert.
Though Florence isnt known for its pizza, this Neapolitan joint – il Pizzaiuolo might be a proof that after all amazing pizza can be made anywhere, or at least anywhere in Italy. and since I never been to Naples yet, it is by far the best pizza I ever had. I went with the Pizza Napoli – combination of anchovies and fresh oregano (which included 2 full fresh leafs) on a thin and edge crusty dough.
for dessert I could not skip the baba au rhum which completed another amazing meal.
Getting down from a tour at the top of the Florence Dome, something which I strongly recommended you not to do if you have any height fear, loosing your house keys fear, or any fear at all, this place is very very high. you might feel that you need some extra sugar boost, the good thing is that you are just at the right spot, a few steps away from the Dome you would find one of the best gelato in Florence – Grom, and though it is becoming some kind of a global chain their gelato is at a world standard. since I was quite panicked from the trip I had to try 2 different combination.
The Cioccolato fondente & Cassata Siciliana. the Cassata Siciliana is a flavor that I would say should go on anyone must try list along with the Crema di GROM both feature such an amazing combination of texture, goes really great also with the Stracciatella
While roaming the streets if Rome had a chance to come across one of the best gelato in Rome, a very old school place – Giolitti
where you can find a regular outstanding selection of flavors.
I choose to go with the Mora & Fior Di Pnna Giolitti, since I never tried them before I have no ref to compere but I can say that, the place and flavor were an experience as themselves.