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Ann's Italy Food Journal - Part Two

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Our first dinner in Firenze was at a restaurant just a few doors away from Piccolo Hotel called Ristorante da Mimmo, Via San Gallo, 57-59.

We were seated at a table for two in the outdoor dining area as the weather was still pleasantly warm. We were closely adjacent (but not too close) to another table with a couple who were obviously tourists from the U.K.  Since my husband is an ex-pat we inevitably were drawn into their conversation and we discussed the foods they were having and ours and we took their recommendation on the wine they were drinking and ordered the same - I'm sorry to say that I neglected to write down the name of the wine - suffice to say it was a Tuscan wine and it was delicious!   

Firenze - Mimmo Gnocchi
   
   
 

Our choices for a Primo were Gnocchi in a gorgonzola sauce and ravioli.  Our Secondo courses were a Tuscan grilled steak with rosemary and wood grilled flavors on Rucola (called Arugula in the U.S. and Rocket in the U.K.) and Veal Cutlets with a gorgonzola sauce. We also ordered a serving of grilled vegetables which were extraordinary - grilled to perfection.

Ponte Vecchio, FirenzeThe next day we set out on foot with all good intentions of seeing a museum or two but decided to take the open air tour bus for a self-guided bus tour of Florence - I highly recommend this method of seeing the city - the only drawback is that the audio system was not in complete working order and was a bit out of sync with the driver...but it was enjoyable nevertheless. Photo shown is the famous Ponte Vecchio.

Il Cardellino, Firenze The following evening our dinner was at yet another restaurant on Via San Gallo called Cardellino - the food was just okay.  I ordered Veal Osso Buco which was served with beans in Florence (traditionally served with risotto Milanese in other parts of Italy) and my husband ordered the Veal Scallops Picatta - desserts were very ordinary and I will not bore you with that!
   

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