Florence is a paradise for meat eaters. In addition to the “star” of the local cuisine of the Florentine steak (la bistecca fiorentina), you must definitely try some more popular dishes. Peposo Peposo di Impruneta (Peposo di Impruneta) – the invention of local potters and a favorite dish of builders who erected the dome of Brunelleschi. Slices of beef are stewed for about 5 hours in Chianti red wine sauce, which is added with garlic, scented rosemary, sage and a large amount of black pepper (hence the name peposo, that is, “with pepper”). For a well-prepared peposo, get ready to pay about 15-18 euros.
Carne in umido
If you like rich, fatty dishes, then opt for carne in umido. Pieces of pork, beef or game with layers of fat are pre-marinated in wine, milk or water with tomatoes. Then they are fried for about 5 minutes and stewed in a sauce with vegetables (carrots, onions, celery) and seasonings.
Trippa and lampredotto
Daredevils can try trippa alla Fiorentina (Trippa alla Fiorentina) – perhaps the most famous offal dish in the world. This is a cow’s stomach, free of fat and cooked in a sauce of tomatoes, celery, carrots and garlic, seasoned with aromatic herbs. While the trip is made from the entire cow’s stomach, only the abomasum (fourth section) is taken to make the lampredotto (Lampredotto). It is cooked in vegetable broth and seasoned with herbs. It is usually served as a sandwich in a bun.
Panino con il lampredotto is a typical Florentine street food. Its cost ranges from 5-6 Euros. Bakkala alla fiorentina In a landlocked city like Florence, it is hard to imagine that fish dishes can be traditional.
Bakkala – salted cod, appeared here due to the exchange of silk, wool and other materials with the northern countries. In order not to send the boats back empty, they were loaded with salt cod.
Baccala alla fiorentina is a piquant combination of fish, tomatoes, onions and rosemary. Served with toasted bread. Desserts Even after ten dishes in the stomach there is always a place for dessert. And the Tuscan capital is undoubtedly ready to please everyone with its sweets.
Speaking of classic desserts in Florence, one cannot fail to say about cantucci. These small macaroons can be found in any cafe or bar. They are served with a stack of sweet amber-colored Vin Santo liquor. Rusks are dipped in a drink until softened and enjoy the taste. The cost of such a dessert is about 10 Euro.
Another common Florentine dessert is zuppa inglese. Legend has it that a very thrifty cook lived in an English house near Florence. After drinking tea, he did not want to throw out the rest of the cookies, so he smeared them with a liquid custard and served for dessert. Today, in restaurants, Biscotti is pre-moistened with red liqueur Alchermes (Alchermes). Then layered with custard and garnished with almond crumbs or chocolate chips. The price for a serving of zuppa ingles is approximately 15 Euro.
Lovers of delicate desserts will appreciate Schiacciata Fiorentina. Although its name reminds us of salted bread, in fact it is a typical Florentine cake. Traditionally, it is prepared only during carnival holidays. But in the menu of restaurants and cafes you can find it almost all year round due to its great popularity. It is a milk biscuit, often with a layer of whipped cream or vanilla pudding (crema pasticcera). Schiacciata fiorentina is usually prepared in a rectangular shape and sprinkled with icing sugar, making a drawing of the Florentine lily (the coat of arms of the city) on top. The average cost of such a dessert without a layer is 15 Euros, with a filling – 24 Euros. Crostata Crostata
In the dessert menu, Crostata is often offered – this is an open pie with fruit, berry, cottage cheese, chocolate and other toppings. A piece of this baking costs from 3 to 5 Euros. Florentine cake And, of course, the timeless classic – Torta della Nonna – the most delicate, melting Florentine cake in your mouth. Its name translates as “grandmother’s pie.”
This pastry with custard, lemon zest and pine nuts is a real treat! The price of the dish will also please you – about 15 Euro per 1 kg. Here is a “motley” meal can be made from traditional Florentine dishes. We do not recommend trying everything in one place. It is no secret that some restaurants specialize more in meat, others, for example, in desserts.
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