Via dei Magazzini, 3, Firenze, Italy
Firenze, I love you. Why do you have so much good food? Out of Rome, Florence, and Venice, Florence had the best food (with the exception of cappuccinos) and the best shopping ;). The Food in Florence was unforgettable and it also was home to my favorite meal in Italy… Vini E Vecchi Sapori.
From the moment I stepped in the restaurant, I knew it was going to be good. No reservations? Good luck getting in. Before the restaurant opened, they already posted a sign that they were completely full for the night. And it’s a relatively small restaurant with less than 10 tables, so if you’re a party of two, you might have to split the table with another party of two.
Paccheri Ai Fiori Di Zucca E Zafferano – Paccheri With Zucchini Flowers and Saffron
The pasta was amazing. The pasta was well cooked and the cream was incredible. It was rich without being too heavy. And because it featured the zuchinni flower, it had a hint of zuchinni enough not to be overpowering. This was my favorite dish I had in Italy. And I will probably continue to dream about this dish.
The hubs’ dish was also delicious as the duck meat was nice and tender. Likewise, the pasta was cooked to perfection and married well with the tender duck meat. I have to say, I found most of the pasta in Italy to be harder than I’m like. I feel like most restaurants cooked it so that it was served a little under al dente. Personally, I like my pasta on the softer side, but still with a bite. I found Vini e Vecchi found that perfect balance other restaurants were unable to achieve.
Our secondi featured roast beef tips which was nice and tender and slowly cooked in the …..The green beans were also really interesting. I don’t think I’ve such long/large green beans before! But they were cooked just the right amount. Although they look kind of limp in the picture, they were not mushy, but cooked just perfectly and were so fresh!
Meringato – Meringue
Essentially, it was layers of baked meringue (like the little cookies!) sandwiched with cream and strawberries and shavings of chocolate. I enjoyed it because it was light and definitely something I haven’t had before. And the meringue would literally melt in your mouth. I actually love this textural component of meringue, but the hubs wasn’t exactly loving it.
Overall- this place was great. I really wished we went here a second night, but alas there were too many options. This meal, specifically the pasta dish has been seared in my mind. I can’t wait to travel back to Florence for this meal.
Even more fun- if you want to sneak a peak in to their kitchen, head over to the bathroom and you’ll see the open kitchen to your right. I felt a bit obtrusive taking a picture of the kitchen while they were working. But, as I left the restaurant, I discovered the kitchen staff are super friendly. They saw that I was taking pictures of the exterior of the restaurant and yelled out “Photo? Photo!” So sweet. See the chefs pose through the window? (darn those window screens!) But they were so cute! Love the friendly and homey feel of the restaurant.
Hopefully you guys get to try this great, cozy restaurant. Has anyone else been here before? Thoughts?