Rosemary flatbread is a Tuscan specialty! In Italy it is called “focaccia” or “schiacciata”. Coarse salt is essential to obtain the characteristic taste and texture. The Italian tradition requires adbundant olive oil. For this reason the quality of the oil is essential to obtain a great “schiacciata”. I love load my rosemary flatbread with cheese, baked vegetables or cured meats, but it is delicious simply plain as well!
Coming back in Portland to discover the best Italian restaurants,I stop at “Trattoria Gallo Nero” where chatting the owner Davide, eating a dish of pici and cantucci with vin santo, he tells me how he came to open an authentic Tuscan restaurant on the other side of the world.
The Pearl District of Portland; In a few hundred meters is possible meet a plenty variety of the world. However, forget the hectic life of a big city; here we are on the more unknown to mass-tourism West Coast part. We are in Oregon.
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Looking for the best hamburger in Florence.
Florence is a destination I’ve been visited frequently during my Italian travels (also because my wife’s parents live there!). If you are foodies, Florence it is a kind of paradise; tasty soups, crispy bruschettas, high quality products, and juicy steaks (click here to read how to cook a Florentine T-bone steak). It is missing only one single thing … a good hamburger with fries! Throughout my last foray into the Florence, my American spirit needed to be fulfill by a delicious burger with fries, but I knew it would be tough challenge satisfy my wish. Luckily I was wrong! After some research and a few failed attempts, I found a place that offers an innovative solution; Delicious organic burgers prepared with local ingredients combining the taste of one of American classics with a touch of Tuscan cuisine.
The Florentine steak (called Bistecca alla Fiorentina or simply La Bistecca) is a serious matter in Florence, no jokes with the Ciccia (meat in Florentine slang)! The Tuscan cuisine has plenty of delicious dishes, but if you must choose only one of them, as your last meal, opt for La Bistecca!
Florence is well-known worldwide for its incomparable Renaissance history. In Florence, however, have been created several must-to-taste recipes of the Italian cuisine. Here was born Catherine de’ Medici, wife of Henry II of France, who imported in Paris the best Tuscan recipes, fundamental for the birth of French haute cuisine.
A few weeks ago I went back to Florence. I walked around the taverns, the market stalls and carts of street food. Read on and take a trip with me between grilled steaks, slow-cooked recipes, weird-but-tasty street food, vegetarian soups, crunchy bruschettas and local cheese of the Florentine tradition!