Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Europe 2010: Florence

Posted by Katie

After our morning tour in Florence, our tour group was let loose to have lunch and explore the city on our own for the rest of the afternoon. Our tour guide pointed out a restaurant in the Piazza Santa Croce called Boccadama that her and her fellow tour guides like to eat at, so we figured it had to be pretty good.

Boccadama is definitely tourist-oriented (check out the fancy English website linked above) but I would have to say that our meal there was the best of our trip.

We started out with the Bruschetta al Pomodoro (5 euro). Very fresh and delicious.

Nick had Spaghetti "Don Vito" (9 euro) for his main course. Fresh pasta with tomato sauce and traditional meatballs. So, so good.

For my main course, I considered trying something new, but then I decided I'd go with my old standby of Spaghetti alla Bolognese (8 euro) so I could compare. It was some of the best bolognese I've ever had. I finished my plate of spaghetti before Nick did, and that never happens. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

We also had some Chianti with our meal which was quite good as well. Too bad I can't remember what kind it was...

So you probably want to see a picture of us enjoying our amazing meal, right? Right.

And even though we were soooo stuffed afterward, it was our first day in Italy so you know we had to get gelato.

Stracciatella (strah-cha-TEL-lah) is my very favorite. It's like chocolate chip but so much better because they usually make it by drizzling chocolate over sweet cream gelato and then mixing the chocolate in when it hardens. Yum.

Coming up next: tasty convenience store pizza in Rome