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Ann's Italy Food Journal - Part Two

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The next day we visited The San Lorenzo Street Market which surrounds Mercato Centrale (Central Market) The street market has stands and more stands of vendors selling fine Italian leather goods and lots of other merchandise - Mercato Centrale, Firenze
   
Mercato Centrale, Firenze - Roast Pig Mercato Centrale, Firenze - Fresh Meat
   
Mercato Centrale, Firenze - Prosciutto Mercato Centrale, Firenze - Vegetable Stand
   
Mercato Centrale, Firenze - Porchetta Mercato Centrale, Firenze - Porchetta & Beer

The Mercato Centrale has many vendors selling the most gorgeous looking meats, salamis, fish, cheeses and so much more.  We had a porchetta (roasted pork) sandwich and an Italian beer for lunch - and when I saw the other fresh foods in the market, I was sorry that we hadn't rented an apartment so I could cook our meals with the exquisite looking foods being sold.

On our last evening in Florence, we didn't really want a full dinner so we wandered around town until we came upon The Garden Restaurant - upon entering it looked like a nice, clean diner-style restaurant that we have here in NYC and of course in towns all over the USA. We could see that they had wood burning ovens and so pizza was what we ordered. My pizza had a red pepper and prosciutto topping and my husband had his favorite pizza topping of anchovies.  We also enjoyed a Greek style salad which had crisp fresh greens and ripe tomatoes and was well presented and delicious.  We ordered a carafe of red wine which was quite suitable for this meal.

   
   

Upon leaving this casual restaurant, we noticed that in the front windows they had a video which we somehow didn't notice on the way in - I took a few photos of the of the video showing the pizza being made which I thought was an innovative way for the restaurant to promote itself to people walking by!

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