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11.04.2015

A Day in {Modern} Florence

Where to eat and drink  in Florence

Where to eat and drink  in Florence

Life in Italy has its challenges. It can take four days, two people, multiple phone calls and office visits to pay an internet bill. True story. But for the most part, life in Italy is pretty great. Rome really is extraordinarily beautiful. The food really is pretty fresh and delicious. I really do meet friends in the piazza for coffee or a negroni, depending on the time of day. Another great thing about life in Italy. Trenitalia. Really.

When I first moved to Rome, booking a train ticket with Trenitalia was complicated, expensive and almost impossible to do online. All of that has changed. Now I can book a fast train to Venice or Naples or Florence from my trusty little Macbook Air, pay with PayPal and have my ticket SMS'd directly to my phone. If I plan ahead, the tickets can be really inexpensive. I once booked three round trip seats to Naples for a little more than €100. Paying internet bills aside, much more about life in Italy is decidedly modern. So last week when a pal asked if I wanted to meet her and Georgette for lunch in Florence, I said yes, got online and booked myself a seat on the Frecciarossa heading north. Follow this schedule and you too can spend a day eating and drinking in modern Florence.

Where to eat and drink  in Florence

Where to eat and drink  in Florence


10:00 am Coffee at Ditta Artiginale

Via dei Neri, 32R

I started my day in Florence with a quick walk past the Jeff Koons installation in the Piazza Signoria on my way to meet a pal at the Third Wave coffee spot Ditta Artiginale. We ordered single estate pour overs and big cappuccinos and caught up while we waited for the rain shower to pass.



Where to eat and drink  in Florence

Where to eat and drink  in Florence

12:30 pm Proseco O'Clock at the Mercato Centrale

Piazza del Mercato Centrale

I headed back across town towards San Lorenzo, (Florence is so much smaller than Rome!) to on the top floor of the Mercato Centrale for a pre-lunch flute of Prosecco.



Where to eat and drink  in Florence


Where to eat and drink  in Florence


Where to eat and drink  in Florence


Where to eat and drink  in Florence


Where to eat and drink  in Florence


1:30 Lunch at Pescheria San Pietro

Via Alamanni 7/R  CLOSED
Georgette had organized lunch at this large and welcoming spot literally across from the train station. We were shown our table downstairs in a cozy corner. Wine was ordered, and a plate of bread with sweet butter and a tin of salty anchovies appeared while we perused the menu and shared tales from our recent trip to the Aeolian Islands. I took Georgette's advice and had the fish and chips, Georgette had the "business lunch" which included a portion of spinach pasta and a skewer of octopus and squid threaded with cherry tomatoes. T
he real stand out was a starter of perfectly fried calamari, flash-fried arugula on a bed of smooth chickpea puree.



Where to eat and drink  in Florence


Where to eat and drink  in Florence


Where to eat and drink  in Florence


Where to eat and drink  in Florence

4:00 Juice + Cocktails at La Menagere
via dei Ginori 8r

Georgette had a wedding dress fitting so we said our goodbyes in front of the newly restored Baptistry. (it's stunning and worth a trip of its very own to visit the new Opera del Duomo) and I headed to the very hip concept store La Menagerie. This vast space is part old fashioned Italian bar, part flower shop, part housewares store, part hipster cocktail bar. It was not quite the polite hour for a cocktail so we started with a fresh-pressed juice and a pomegranate tea. Before we knew it, candles were being lit and architectural flowers placed on our table, a sign that it was time to order a cocktail. We both chose an Aviation and watched the show at the bar while the bearded, suspended, barkeep shook and stirred our fancy gin drinks.



Where to eat and drink  in Florence

7:00 Time to Head Back to Rome

Back on the train and home in Rome just in time for dinner and a Daily Show.


2 comments :

  1. Superb schedule and love the pix and descriptions! Will happily go back with you sometime!

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  2. beautiful post and company, I really loved this post and thank you for the kind mention! Please come and visit more often and bring Mark!

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