Saturday was a beautiful day in Firenze, possibly a bit windy but still sunny and delicious. A hop into town on our motorino and we were strolling along the Arno river admiring the warm rays and the exceptionally low water line.
In town we stopped in at Enoteca / Wine Bar Cantinetta dei Verrazzano for a piece of yummy warm foccacia with artichokes and ham, a glass of wine and a little atmosphere before heading over to the cinema to see the French film “Intouchables”. After a refreshingly fun movie in the late afternoon, our tummies were longing for a good pizza and a glass of beer (or two). So we picked up our motorino and weaved through the streets of Florence. It appears nothing is more difficult then getting into a good pizziarea at 8:30 PM on a Saturday night! Sure there are tons of places – but well, since we were out we wanted something really good not to just settle for any ol’pizza…
We finally left the motorino so we could infiltrate the narrow roads of the city center. I can quite honestly say that we worked up even more an appetite walking from one place to another till we finally just decided to wait it out at our first choice, FLB (Fratelli La Bufala). Two cold beers, Roma beating Palermo in soccer and two hot pizzas later we were “sazia” (happily stuffed). I had a pizza with provolone, anchovies, cherry tomatoes and black olives and he had a Capriciossa…which means that just about anything goes. We didn’t want to exaggerate, however if we did I would have gone for our neighbors starter – a caprese with fresh tomatoes, basil and fried mozzarella!
After a pizza (come Cristo commando) we walked the streets in search of a bit of gelato … for me at least, DH stuck to his cigar. And I gave in and went to Grom. I say I gave in because, I have a hard time imagining how an authentic Italian gelateria can have a name which appears so anglo-saxon. As luck would have it, my timing was perfect and there were no lines AND when I showed just a little indecision (very unusual for me in front of chocolate ice cream) they practically insisted that I taste another 3 flavors before making my final decision. I experimented this time with caffè espresso (very caffè and very little sugar, undecided if I like it) and Crema di Grom (an egg cream base with cookies and chocolate chips).
While making our way back to the motorino (and to brace ourselves for a chilly trip home) we window shopped for shoes and the new collection of leather jackets. Mostly for him, since his B-day is right around the corner and I would like to surprise him.
All in all it was a beautiful night great company, lovely weather, fun film, good food and no cost shopping, it couldn’t have gotten much better – except for the near full moon which illuminated the countryside as we bumped back to our humble abode in Chianti.