I talian A merican D igest PAGE 18 SPRING 2018 Restaurant Tips for Florence-Bound Travelers F by Megan Celona lorence is one of the most popu- lar cities to visit in Italy and one of the AICC’s favorites! This beauti- ful city is the cradle of the Renais- sance, home to magnificent churches, famed museums filled with awe-in- spiring art, incredible shopping, and delicious food. More than 9 million people visited Florence in 2016, and that number continues to grow. While just about any meal in Italy is delicious, some are better and more authentic than others! Here’s our list of favorites that are off the beaten path: Ristorante Buca Mario Piazza degli Ottaviani, 16r This restaurant in the heart of Florence was established in 1886. It’s located in a buca or cellar be- neath an historic palazzo. The Pas- quetti Family has run Buca Mario for generations with the utmost attention to details. The food served at Buca Mario is traditional Florentine food and the star dish is the bistecca alla fiorentina, the Florentine steak which is a cut of meat made from the part of the loin near the leg and must in- clude a Porterhouse cut between the sirloin and the tenderloin. The mini- mum thickness for a Florentine Steak worthy of its name is 1.5 inches, but the perfect cut is about 2-2.5 inches. The weight ranges from 1.5 lb to 4lb, so it’s a meal to share with a friend over a glass of wine from Buca Ma- rio’s wine cellar! Ristorante Il Latini Via dei Palchetti, 6R Just a short walk from Ponte Vec- chio, Il Latini is a wonderful intro- duction to Florence and its typical dishes. The four-generation, family- style restaurant has been in business for over a century. The restaurant is set up family style so you may be seated with other diners both local and international—Il Latini prides itself on creating amicizia or friend- ship over dinner. They offer a set price meal with unlimited wine and a multi-course meal which we highly recommend. It’s a great way to try a lot of fantastic food. Florence is a captivating city to explore and a fabulous place to indulge in traditional Italian foods. All’Antico Vinaio Via dei Neri 74R Not far from the Uffizi, this is the place to get lunch. All’Antico Vinaio serves up some of the best sand- wiches in the world for just a few euros! You can choose from a list of sandwiches or ask the person behind the counter to make you something special, all sandwiches are made to order. There is limited seating so we recommend taking your sandwich and wine to go - lunch on the River Arno is always a good decision. Trattoria dei 13 Gobbi Via del Porcellana 9/r Located just a short walk from the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, this restaurant is housed in a historic building. The restaurant serves both traditional and modern Tuscan food and specializes in the bistecca fioren- tina which is served on a tree stump and their rigatoni! Trattoria Za Za Piazza del Mercato Centrale 26 A pizza pie from Il Latini in Florence. Stefano Bondi took over the res- taurant as a 19-year-old and with the help of his mother created a delight- ful restaurant. The interior is abso- lutely breathtaking and the food is delicious. Make sure to order dessert while there! Have you had a fabulous meal in Italy? Send us a review and we may feature it in a future issue of the Ital- ian American Digest! Either email Questions@AmericanItalianCultur- alCenter.com or mail a letter to Ital- ian American Digest, 537 S Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Pizza, Pasta, Muffalettas, Lasagna, Salads, Catering, and More! 3100 19th St. at Ridgelake Metairie, LA 70002 Tel: 504.834.8583 Fax: 504.834.6698 www.AndreasRestaurant.com Come see us Monday–Saturday 10am-10pm 1112 Avenue H, Westwego, LA 70094 (504) 341- 9650 www.mospizzanola.com Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!