St. Joseph’s Day Frittelle

March 19 is St. Joseph’s day, when Italians celebrate Fathers’ Day. It is also a day when they eat Frittelle di Riso throughout Tuscany. These delectable treats were once reserved for this special day; now you see them throughout the Carnevale season and leading up to Easter, but you see them especially on St. Joseph’s Day when all the bakeries offer them. Fritelle di Riso come … Continue reading St. Joseph’s Day Frittelle

Golossary: Lampredotto

A Florentine favorite, this tripe-like dish is unique to Florence, where it is sold throughout town at street-side stalls as well as in restaurants and paninotecas. If Florence had only one flavor, this would be it. Bistecca Fiorentina may be more famous, and easier to stomach, but it is this, the fourth stomach of the cow which is the true taste of Florence. Small two-person … Continue reading Golossary: Lampredotto

Gelateria della Passera

This pocket-sized gelateria is nestled into a cozy little piazza in the Oltrarno. Space is so short that canisters of gelato are stacked one on top of another. The menu reads like a dance twirling through the Mediterranean and flirting with the Middle East. The aromatic ingredients used could have come straight from the spice bazaar. The nut flavors are unsurpassed. This is the place … Continue reading Gelateria della Passera

Osteria Santo Spirito

The bustling Piazza Santo Spirito is the social center of the Oltr’Arno and one of the most popular dining and drinking destinations for tourists and locals alike. At first glance it might appear touristy,  but listen to the conversations between large flocks of friends enjoying a beer or a spritz outside on the piazza and you’ll realize many are Italian. The square is full of … Continue reading Osteria Santo Spirito

Golossary: Cenci

Cenci, Chiacchere, Crostoli, etc. – What’s in a name? These carnival treats go by a different name in every town. They may be called cenci in Florence, but chiacchere elsewhere. Chiacchere is one of the more common names and a particularly evocative one. “Chiacchere” is to chat or chatter, and the name comes from the sound of the pastry bubbling in the hot oil. Lucca … Continue reading Golossary: Cenci