Florence Eats – Honeymoon Addition
It’s been a year since my husband and I spent two weeks in Italy. I would be lying if I said I didn’t wish to go back on a daily basis. This feeling of nostalgia has got me daydreaming about all the delicious restaurants we visited. Today, I am going to take a moment to break down my favorites. It would be nearly impossible to pick a favorite city or restaurant, as each special town came with a unique flavor and style.
Florence: There are no words to describe the magic of this city. A city filled with art, architecture, fashion, and food. My favorite part of Florence was the size of the city. It wasn’t overwhelming like many cities I have visited, it was the perfect size to explore.
When we arrived in Florence, my husband was determined to find his favorite restaurant. Two years prior he had backpacked through Europe with his brother and raved about a meal they had in Florence. This meal took place at a traditional Italian “Buca”. Buche were typically cellars situated beneath imposing historic palazzos and were often owned by aristocratic families. Our first day in Florence, we walked the whole city and spent hours exploring the winding roads surrounded by historical buildings. In a moment of “foodie luck,” I like to call it, we stumbled upon his favorite restaurant from two years prior – a restaurant named Buco Mario.
We eagerly made a reservation for that evening. The meal that followed was nothing short of amazing. When you walk in Buco Mario, you are greeted by the delightful staff and family. To the left there is a case of the gorgeous cuts of meat for the day, and the ceiling is curved making you feel like you are truly in an underground oasis. The charming waiters are dressed to the nines and table clothed tables make for the perfect romantic setting. Once looking over the menu, our waiter tells us they are known for their cuts of meat. The large t-bone steaks come in three sizes, and are meant to be shared at the table. We eagerly order the spinach ravioli, a bottle of red, and a T-bone steak for two. I am seriously at a loss for words when I describe this restaurant. To this day, Buco Mario is still one of my top ten dining experiences of all time. We loved it so much, that we returned on our last night in Florence for round two! This meal consisted of a lasagna course, stuffed tortellini, and of course a bottle of red.
Breakfast in Florence is a whole different story. Each morning we woke up around 6 or 7 am, thanks jet lag! We found the perfect brunch spot in the heart of the city in Florence. Irene Firenze is located on the first level of the gorgeous hotel, Rocco Forte. We went there three out our six mornings in Florence. Fulvio Pierangelini is best known for his two star Michelin-starred restaurant Gambrel Rosso in San Vicenzo. Fulivio Pieranglini works with head chef Giovanni Cosmai to serve up delicious Tuscan classics with the freshest ingredients. My husband and I enjoyed mimosas and eggs benedict on a daily basis. Talk about absolute foodie heaven. The vibe of Irene’s is elegant and has a beautiful view of the square.
From Florence, we moved on to the gorgeous town of Positano, nestled into the hills of the Amalfi Coast. Read about our foodie adventures in Positano here.
Buco De Mario
Location & Details:
Piazza degli Ottaviani, 16r, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Location & Details:
Piazza della Repubblica, 7, 50123 Firenze, Italy