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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!
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.
The 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
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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