Restaurants

New Restaurants Opening in Florence

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There are new restaurants that opened up in Florence, and precisely in the old market standing right in front of the apartment. The second floor of the market has always been left empty, and during the past years it served as the open space for local artists and the likes. However, this huge and beautiful space sat pretty much unused for years. Until the municipality of Florence decided it was time to do something. The entire second floor is dedicated to four new restaurants, one of which just opened on the 23 of April. The inauguration ceremony included flag wavers and drew a lot of people, as you can see in the picture. As of yet, I have no clue what type of food the restaurant is cooking, but I bet it has to do with Italian food! There are three more...

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Good Pizza in Florence

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So you just arrived in Florence, or are planning to hit the town in a few days and would like to know where to find a good and inexpensive pizza restaurant in the city. Eating a good pizza in Florence is not that hard. Unfortunately since there are a lot of tourists in town there also are a lot of tourist-trap restaurants and pizzerias. In Piazza del Mercato Centrale you should give a try to a couple of Pizza places, where you can eat a good pizza sitting at a table, drinking a good beer or red wine. One is the Napoealitan style pizza, and since pizza was invented in Neaples it’s also the original one. You can have it at Mamma Napoli, which opened a few months ago. It offers outdoor seating and is quite inexpensive. For a Margherita (cheese pizza) I paid 5...

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Namastey, Indian Restaurant in Siena

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When the tourist season is at its peak in Tuscany, I always hear the refrain “Yes, Tuscan food is great, but it’s coming out of my ears! Isn’t there any international restaurant?”. Italians have no issues eating Tuscan food day in and day out, but to those accustomed to a lot of variety it might be a repetitive habit. Fortunately, the Tuscan eat-out landscape is getting populated by more and more international restaurants. After the explosion of Chinese restaurants, which are now slowly turning Japanese, the appearance of several Japanese eateries, and the timid presence of Brazilian meat joints, it’s the turn of Mexican, Indian and Middle Eastern places. Siena just witnessed the opening of its first Indian restaurant, right in the...

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The Best Restaurants in Florence

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Visiting Florence makes you hungry! All that walking around with your nose pointing up observing all the beautiful architecture the city offers is very distracting, but all of the sudden you feel a bite to the stomach, and a little lightheaded too. Maybe you are far away from your Tuscany apartments, and all the restaurants located in the city center become delicious, even those with the waiter trying to lure you in, even the tourist pizza place that would make a Pizza Hut a pizza haven. Alas! Stir away from the waiter and shut your eyes in front of the mushy pizza. You deserve to eat where they serve real food, one that after your first course is over still makes you crave for more. The following restaurants are five suggestions that will make your holiday in...

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A Corner of Morocco in Florence

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Do you know what Shisha is? Is the water pipe that was invented in Turkey (some say in India using a coconut) and called Narghile. I am sure you have seen these tall, beautiful looking pipes puffing scented smoke on hexagonal tables full of delicious pastries and hot mint tea. This is the traditional way of enjoying a moment of relax in Morocco, and I just yesterday discovered that you can also enjoy it in the heart of Florence at Derb, at Via Faenza 21r. Derb is a Moroccan restaurant and cultural center where you can find books to read, artisan work to admire and buy, art exhibits, cultural events and a delicious restaurant serving French-Maghrebian recipes at lunch and dinner. The ambient is small and intimate, with modern furniture serving the purpose of making...

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Yammy Wok in Prato

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I will soon have to open a new category on Experience Tuscany, and it will probably be called “Restaurants in Tuscany to Be Avoided” or something on the lines. Yammy Wok in Prato, Tuscany, is one of them. I wanted to try this restaurant that some Italian friends of mine advised as one of the nicest all-you-can-eat in the area. A big plus in their minds is the fact that at Yammy Wok you have a section dedicated to meats you can pick to be grilled at the moment and then be brought to your table. I don’t consider this a plus. Perhaps you do. Besides meats there are some kinds of fish including sole, swordfish, prawns, mussels, small octopus on a skewer. Meats mostly includes pork, veal and beef cutlets. You fill your plate, stick a clothes peg with...

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