You can ask any of my friends what food I couldn’t live without and they would all say Italian. I LIVE on pasta. I adore fresh pizza. Soft bread. Stuffed Olives. Crunchy bruschetta. Oh my, I love it all! Even my boyfriend’s friends have caught on to the obsession after noticing the amount of Italian meals James cooks for me! Seriously though, there really is nothing like Italian food. Especially when you’re eating it in Italy.
My first experience of this was in Milan. Me and my friend Meg had decided to take a spontaneous trip over there for a weekend in November and we had been recommended a cute little restaurant just around the corner from our hotel. Needless to say…we indulged! A starter of bruschetta, then I had some sort of tomato and basil pasta dish while Meg wolfed down a lobster and some tagliatelle which was shortly followed with two orders of panna cotta! The best panna cotta I have ever tasted HANDS DOWN! We were also given some limoncello to wash the whole thing down with which at the time we thought was hand sanitizer because it smelt so strong!
The next time my taste buds were tingling with pure Italian food was in Rome with James for my birthday! We ate out as much as we could from street food cooked freshly in front of us to fancy restaurants in the evening! Muscles, chorizo pizza & buffalo mozzarella & spinach tortellini were just a few of the yummy foods we sampled! It was A-MAZING.
Now, i’m sure that wherever I go in Italy the food would be insanely gorgeous and since I’ve checked off Rome & Milan from my Italian list I’m now wanting to explore more of the beautiful country. Did somebody say Florence? Hell yes! I’d love to see this pretty city rich in history.
If I went to Florence I would admire…
Ponte Vecchio. The most ancient AND the most photographed bridge in Florence! I would love to take a stroll along here one evening or even in the day to pop into the shops that are housed here!
I would grab lunch at…
All’Antico Vinaio. Judging by the comments about this place it could potentially be the best sandwich you ever eat! What makes their sandwiches so good I hear you cry?! Well…that would be the perfectly fresh ingredients! From cold cut meats, sundried tomatoes & antipasti plus, it’s clean and cheap!
I would enjoy dinner at…
Vini e Vecchi Sapori. Again, this is apparently a really reasonable, cute and cosy family owned restaurant! The mum is in the kitchen, the dad gets the orders together and the son is the waiter! I’ve heard you feel like your eating in their home! Be sure to make a reservation though as there’s only around 20 seats and this place is extremely popular!
I would visit…
Piazza Santo Spirito. A cute square home to little local markets and antique fairs! Not only that, it’s surrounded by restaurants and bars and is known as one of the places where the locals hang out in the evenings! Perfect.
I would be fascinated by…
Duomo – Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. When I visited the duomo in Milan it completely took my breath away and I became all emotional when I saw it! I have no doubt that this cathedral would do the same! The architecture and artwork looks INCREDIBLE.
Ahh, I’ve had great fun researching all of these awesome places! ‘Ponte Vecchio, All’Antico Vinaio, Vini e Vecchi Sapori’ Don’t you just love the Italian language? It’s beautiful. As is the country! Have any of you lovelies been to Florence? Let me know, I’d love to hear your stories!
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Much Bespoke Love