Travel day! Our first day traveling to a new city after three days in roma. But first gelato! That’s right you didn’t think I would go this whole trip without a post about gelato did you?We delayed our leaving of Roma to stop in at one of the well reputed gelaterias which happened to be located near our B&B.
Fassi Gelato! So yummy, so delicious! I continued to eat gelato the rest of the trip pretty often but I think this was my favorite place. I will happily go back there and strongly recommend it to anyone. I had a cup with pistachio, zabione and chocolate. These three flavors ended up being my ‘tests’ to compare throughout the trip. Their pistachio tasted like the sweet nutty flavors it was supposed to and the zabione and chocolate were also delicious!!!
We got up early, stopped for coffee at what would become my favorite coffee place in Firenze “Gilli” on the Palazzo Republica. It is this really sweet cafe in the Viennese style with dark gleaming wood everywhere and sparkling liquor bottles on all the shelf’s. They had tasty breakfast brioche and great caffe. Then we went onto the Mercato Centrale our true destination!
What a market it turned out to be. So many amazing things to eat, buy and just drool over.
I swear I could go back to Florence and plan on not eating out at all but just getting fresh supplies from here every day and it would be delicious. They had amazing meat counters, cured meats, wrapped meats, aged meats….oh…it was a sight to see! A whole fish area and upstairs all the beautiful fruits and veggies you could possibly want.
We got thing started off right by putting ourselves in the hands of one of the counter guys at the Perini stall. Basically they hand you something to taste and your taste buds and brain explode in happiness and you nod your head dreamily as they fill a bottomless (expensive!!) bag with the most amazing meats, cheeses, cured meats, mostarda’s, pickled things, sauces and basically anything else that tempts you. They know what should go with what and they send you off with a delicious combination of snacks that you will dream about every night you are away from Italy.
After that we wandered upstairs for the rest of the delicious things we wanted to round out our shopping with some fresh lettuces, some vegg, and some fresh herbs. We also picked up some fresh meats for dinner. Next time I’m going to prowl through the seafood section more aggressively but alas our mini apartment fridge would only hold so much.
Heres a view from right near the Uffizi back towards the bridge nearest us, the Ponte Vecchio. It worked out really well to be staying near it as there are signs all over town directing you back to it and once you get to the Arno from anywheres in town you just have to look up and down the river to see which direction to walk to get home. Also it meant we were near things on both sides of the Arno and just across the Ponte Vecchio are lots of tiny artisan shops selling beautiful things.
Didn’t I say something about pics of the food we bought? Yep, here ya’ go- food porn!
tomatoes, balsamic, fresh onions and yummy pasta!fresh vegg! broccoli rabe, raddicio, fresh salad greens and giant frisse lettucesquash blossoms, fresh eggs and sage!freshly ground coffee!