Italian Cuisine: Our Gastronomic Feat in Florence

I will tell you about a lovely restaurant in Florence, Italy, where, following our friend’s advice, my wife, Irina, and I tasted the pearl of Italian cuisine—Steak Florentine. I will also share some of our gastronomic impressions of Italy as well.

Our dance near Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy.

Our dance near Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy.

The gastronomic part of our trips is very important for cultural acquaintance with new countries. Our first car trip around Italy started on May 6, 2009. The second city on our way was Florence. I don’t even plan to bother you with comments on the famous pieces of art located in this city. Italy is a fabulous, fantastic country/museum. I like painting, but I still cannot distinguish one school from another, therefore today, we will speak about something that will probably inspire you for Gargantua’s deeds.

Italian cuisine. A lunch.

Italian lunch

Before our first trip to Italy, we knew at least three myths about Italian cuisine:

– Italy has the best coffee in the world.
– Italy is glorious for its unsurpassed desserts and, of course, Tiramisu.
– Italy has very tasty ice cream!

How many of them were confirmed?

Italian coffee is delicious. Being a real coffee fan, I bindingly confirm that. However, at home, we make coffee in a cezve, and it is not worse, although we get it from the former Yugoslavia.

Coffee and profiteroles. Italian cuisine. Verona, Italy.

Coffee and profiteroles

Profiteroles…. Yummy. But Tiramisu is not worse in other countries, if it is truly made with mascarpone and Marsala.

Coffee and Tiramisu. Italian cuisine. Florence, Italy.

Coffee and Tiramisu

We had instructions from experienced travel bloggers: you need to taste white beefsteak in Florence, make sure you tasted Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine-Style Steak), and your life will be filled with meaning, and so on. Therefore right on the first evening in Florence, we entered a pleasant trattoria and ordered carpaccio, salad, wine, unique Steak Florentine, and asked them to leave a menu to choose desserts later.

Italian cuisine. Trattoria in Florence, Italy.

The next day, I recalled the honesty, politeness, and tact of our waiter who unsuccessfully tried to persuade “signor and signora” to be satisfied with a beefsteak, salad, and a jug of wine. But we didn’t listen.

When we finished our big carpaccio, enormous salad, warm bruschetta, a jug of wine, and were almost full, the main course appeared. It was brought on a trolley and was so big that it looked like a whole roasted cow.

Steak Florentine. Florence, Italy.

Just like in Wonderland: “Alice, meet Bistecca alla Fiorentina [only a small part of it]. Beefsteak, meet Alice.”

It could be only eaten by a real hero. I reflectively told the waiter, “In this case, one more jug of wine, Per Favore,” pulled out a sword (well … a fork) and plunged into the thick of battle. We both struggled with this huge steak until midnight, closing time of the trattoria. The next day, I wanted something to eat only in the evening.

After such an experiment, we became a bit more careful with menus. I preferred pasta, trying to choose only one dish from all the listings in three or four sheets of menu. Irina tested fish, seafood, and seasonal asparagus.

My advice: If you want to eat one portion of Steak Florentine, take a couple of friends with you.

It is a pity that we did not try courgettes floret fritters, they were out of season.
The third myth about Italian cuisine also was confirmed: Italy really has the best ice-cream in the world!!!

Italian ice cream.

Italian ice cream is the best in the world. Yes!

It was a really marvelous, but too short trip. One week in Italy is not enough, even if you use a rented car instead of the tourist bus. Milan—Florence—San Gimignano—Dozza—Venice—Verona—Como—Maggiore, and as a gift from our intelligent friend (I mean our GPS-navigator)—Swiss Lugano! On the way from Verona to Lake Maggiore, we found ourselves in Switzerland two times. Was it a special feature of work of this gadget in small Alpine towns, or did it select the shortest and, according to its view, the best routes, but when Irina noticed the signboard “Arrivederci, Italia” the third time (!!!), she begged me to take us straight to Maggiore, bypassing Switzerland which we already visited twice that day.

I hope you will return to Italy as often as possible! Have a safe journey!

More about cuisine:

The Best, but Cheapest Trout Farm in the World
Two Wonderful Excursions: Swiss Cheese and Swiss Chocolate
Our Dinner in the Michelin Restaurant Eskis in Lyon, France

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56 Responses to “Italian Cuisine: Our Gastronomic Feat in Florence”

  1. Orel Di Angelo Says:

    I lived in Florence. La Bistecca Fiorentina is the best piece of meat I ever had. And I don’t even talk about the cioccolata calda or the gelati. 😀


  2. ndudnik Says:

    first pic is so great!


  3. Alternativepoet Says:

    Thanks for visiting my Place Victor,glad you liked the post… 🙂


  4. Kasia Says:

    I’m absolutely in love with Italy. Thanks for this post !


  5. Glamorholic Says:

    I just looooooooooove the Italian ice-cream. Every time I buy one I choose diferent flavours (not all the time I know what every flavour means, but I succeed to creat a great ice-cream every time). On 15 December I have a flight to Italy (Venice)…I can’t wait to try their food and ice-cream (even if it’s winter).:D


  6. violetsandcardamom Says:

    Your pictures are great! That first one is fabulous!!! I would agree that Italy has the best ice cream. When I visited, it was the middle of summer so we would eat lots of gelato to cool off! =)


  7. Pheebz Says:

    Oh my goodness, how amazing does that Florence steak look? You’e convinced me – Italy has been bunked up even higher on my travel list!


  8. Susie C. Says:

    I haven’t been to Florence in ten years, but I still remember the amazing gelato…. 🙂


  9. wapitisriversedge Says:

    Your picture of the tree roots is cool. Love it. I have also seen simlar roots of exposed trees in various convoluted poses on steep side slopes of the Salmon River in Idaho. Oh, and in keeping with the theme of your story, the roots I discovered were found while chasng chukars (upland game bird) around the hill. Sauteed in butter, spicy peppers, panko, and a secret ingredient, they are a mouth watering delicacy rivaling anything even a fancy resturant could muster up. Oh yes, “eating,” one of lifes many fine pleasures.


  10. David Robertson Says:

    Good stuff! That first photo is great too. The steak looks like the type of thing you could order between 4, outrageous portion, but it looks delicious. I’m a big fan of ice cream too, I guess I need to get myself to Italy…


  11. eof737 Says:

    All that food is making me hungry. Great photos!


  12. jwolfe06 Says:

    Oooh you’re makin’ me jealous! I absolutely loved Florence. Such a magical city and [of course] amazing food and wine.

    Great pictures- I am now officially hungry :p


  13. onlytruffle Says:

    Astonishing photo! And wow, I haven’t been to Italy yet (god knows why all around the world but Italy!) but you’re making me wanting to book a trip now now now! And oh, the world’s best ice cream makes me crave to skip down and buy a whole tub of each flavor!


  14. Kay aka Babygirl Says:

    Wow.. the food.. the photos.. Italy looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing this with us. Wonderful post


  15. orchid Says:

    lovin’ the first pic and the coffee shots…


  16. lightbox3d Says:

    Awesome blog entry. Love it and LOVE Florence! I am going to post one or two o Florence for you.


  17. twomatoes Says:

    I Love everything about Florence! its so artistic, even the sky seams to be painted in the most artistic way ^___^
    great blog! thnx for sharing 😉


  18. shivaramumapathy Says:

    Florence, well known to me as Firenze after I became so involved in the Assassin’s Creed game series. I would very much love to visit Florence, Venice and Tuscany. And these pictures have only made me more crazy about the place. Thanks to you, Victor.


  19. Judy Says:

    Your photos and blog text are great. I enjoyed reading about Florence. Love the humor! I adore Florence and you brought back memories for me. Thank you.


  20. Marketa Says:

    Italy is my fave country in Europe. No comparison.


  21. Pierotucci Says:

    Next time in Florence – you will have to try a few other traditional foods which won’t necessarily fill your plate as much as the Bistecca – but they will tantalize the taste buds. One of my personal favorites include (because yes there are many!!) Peposo – a type of beef stew which is a little heavy on the pepper … thus the name “pep” oso.


  22. alexiadellner Says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog Victor! Nice photos…. wish I was tucking in to some of that gelato now! You should visit Sweden next!!


  23. Donna Amis Davis Says:

    Lovely pictures! Makes me want to get back to Italy, and this time bring my best friend/husband. When I visited Italy I was on a tight budget, so mostly ate caprese salad at every meal. Which was wonderful, by the way!


  24. the usual bliss Says:

    Now I’m hungry. Thanks for such a delicious post!


  25. Manja Mexi Mexcessive Says:

    Haha, sounds like fun. I’m a Slovenian living in Tuscany, and I’m curious about your coffee which you say you get from ex-Yugoslavia. Where do you buy it? Do you know where exactly it comes from? As for your Italian experience, sounds yummy. I have yet to order a Fiorentino in a restaurant. Good to know to be careful. 😀

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