Food memories, like song lyrics, stick.
One of our favorite places in Florence was San Michele all’Arco, a farm-to-table “resto” (kitchen in the photo above) with the most marvelous local olive oil, prosciutto, and cheese. The soup pictured below was just exquisite—every flavor came through, every flavor mattered. The same was true for everything else we enjoyed there.
We stumbled on another neighborhood spot, I Ghibellini, in Piazza San Pier Maggiore, just after we arrived in Florence. We’d been on the train for half the day, we were starving, and it was the closest restaurant still serving lunch. Lucky for us! Oh, that pasta al limone! Oh, those exquisite white beans! Oh, that bistecca!
The things is… even though you can buy superior imported Italian products here, they don’t—they can’t— taste quite the same as they do at the source.
We returned to both restaurants several times, which is our habit when we find places we especially like. So often, the neighborhood places that don’t show up in the tour guides end up being the most memorable.