We visited Italy in June and July 2015 because we are buying property there and will be moving there in 2016. We were very excited to eat the local cuisine, but to our dismay, we have found that many food establishments in the big cities are not serving Italian food. Instead they serve other country cuisine, namely some serve american cuisine! If I wanted to eat american food, I would have brought a lot with me! I wanted to eat Italian food, and all the time! It would have been a welcome resort from eating Italian food in america! OK. My rant is done.
We arrived in Florence late on June 28. In fact it was so late, when we arrived at our hotel, the original staff had long gone, and another guy had to give us the key and open the door. Needless to say we were very tired--but we still needed to eat. The guy who gave us our key suggested we walk down the street, turn the corner to the right and some restaurants would be in the vicinity of the next block and they would open at 1230 pm in the morning. We had no idea the Italians stay up so and they were still eating! It was the beginning of the weekend, and the Italians were in no shape to go to bed.
We happened on the directions like the guy told us. We came upon this restaurant as we walk down the corridor. We saw people were still eating, though they looked like they were wrapping up. We were two cautious americans--we didn't speak the language, had no idea if we could sit down, and basically stood until someone addressed us.
A waitress came by. I asked her in broken Spanish if we could eat. She asked the boss who was having dinner himself. He waived, she waived us over to a nice table and cleaned it for us.
She took our order and she was not mad or anything. We ended up ordering a very good salad and nearly the best pizza I had eaten in ages. The dinner was nice and quaint and it just astounded us that they extended such kindness when they were probably wrapping up their evening to go bed.
After serving us, I have to admit, we didn't know whether to wait of the check or to go address someone so we could pay it. We winded up going indoors to pay and they were very nice.
The food was great---but what I really liked was the experience. For our first real day in Italy, we couldn't have been treated kinder. I have lived overseas before in England and in Germany, and I have only the best things to say about my living abroad. I was told that some Italians could not take to liking people with brown skin, or they were not that friendly to outsiders and foreigners. Form this experience, nothing could have been further from the truth.
Bottom line: when we return to florence, we will definitely visit this restaurant again. It was the best atmosphere and the fact that they showed us complete kindness that we will never forget. We winded up walking around Florence that night and experiencing so much of the Florence that many foreigners don't get to see. We saw a tango dance in action--saw many locals going about their business--almost felt like locals ourselves--wasn't shooed away when I needed to use the restroom in on of the local bars--the list of friendly things go on an on.
This establishment means a lot to us for what it represented. It was the taste of Europe that I know exists and can't wait to call home! Thanks Florence!
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