June 2017
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  • Day18

    Last dinner in firenze @ t. Il barrino..

    June 22, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    .. and oh my God did we do it right. We start with the traditional Tuscan appetizer platter... Which turned out to be a ton of things each more delicious than the last. Pea souffle, pate and tomato bruschetta, fried zucchini flowers and ricotta, a sliced meat plate, and an incredible cucumber and tomato salad that makes mine look like child's play.

    Then as if that weren't enough, Lizzie got a veal steak with truffle and I got a steak steak with balsamic glaze and a side salad. Neither was on the menu - Lizzie's was the daily special and the chef created mine when I ordered a steak designed to serve 2 by accident. That would have been 1 kilogram - way to much for me. The resulting filet was tender, juicy, perfectly cooked, and delicious. Lizzie's truffle we also scrumptious; in her words: "uhhhmmm.. yeah. I don't even know. Mouth watering veal and spinach that made me feel like I shouldn't ever cook spinach again, since it won't compare."

    The owner was at our table along with our server, and helped us order, and her daughter operated the till. Family owned and operated by friendly people, delicious and creative meals, and the best tomatoes I've eaten in Italy.

    Finally we had the daily special cake, with Chantilly cream, fresh fruit, and chocolate caramel stripe goodness. Practically had to roll us out the door.

    I am so sad we only discovered this place on our last day, everything was so good.
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  • Day18

    Late lunch at cafe scudieri

    June 22, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Lizzie took us on a walk around town since the crowd was lesser today. Stopped at this cafe for a light snack and discovered an awesome Italian soda called spuma bionda paoletti. I sure hope they have it back in the States.

  • Day18

    Relaxation on the rooftop

    June 22, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    It's rather hot today so we have decided to relax on the rooftop of our hotel. It is a little noisy but a spectacular view. Everything that Florence has to offer can be seen from up here.

  • Day18

    Back to serafini for lunch

    June 22, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We slept in and then walked back over to the cafe. I didn't see the big pistachio eclairs so I just got a sandwich, which is just as well since my stomach has been bothering me this week. Lizzie got a sandwich and some pasta.

    Incidentally, while trying to soothe my stomach I discovered that Italian espresso is really good. Plus Lizzie found the eclairs. Woot!

    Oh, and for all that the bill was only 27€. Italy is all right by me.
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  • Day17

    Dinner at trattoria di' sordo

    June 21, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    We arrived 10 minutes before the kitchen closed (guess that's a pattern for us.. why does everyone close at 1030?) But got proscuitto and mozzarella appetizers, I got pasta Alla amatriciana, and Lizzie got ravioli. Dessert was a nice tiramisu. Maybe we are getting predictable...