Places to Eat: Florence

Have you ever had a meal that immediately stands out from the rest that will go down in your books as your top five, all time meals?  I had that experience in Florence a couple of weeks ago when I went to ZEB.  ZEB is a small restaurant, kitchen and deli/shop located outside the historic centre of Florence.  We showed up twice and finally got seated the second time for a late lunch. It’s a hot culinary spot in the city with counter-seating only.  For lunch we ordered two glasses of wine, a big bottle of mineral water, two heaping plates of the most delicious pasta I have ever tasted, an espresso and a mille-feuille for dessert, all for 30 Euro.   We left stuffed, satisfied and dreaming of the next time we would return to this gem.  I am convinced I would drive back to Florence simply to taste another plate of tagliatelle drenched in olive oil, topped with thyme, parmesan and shaved white truffles.

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Another interesting spot that I discovered in Florence that is blog-worthy material is the Stickhouse.  The Stickhouse makes handcrafted gelato on a stick, aka popsicles, in a variety of different flavours using 100% natural ingredients.  While walking down the touristy road that leads to the Ponte Vecchio, I noticed a tiny, flourescent green retail shop with a display full of beautifully merchandised, gleaming popsicles, neatly displayed and ready to eat.  Over the four days I spent in Florence, I sampled Stickhouse’s frutti di bosco, coconut and strawberry popsicles and they were fabulous.  They were even great to eat in freezing cold, rainy weather.  I can only imagine how refreshing they would taste if it was sunny and warm.  For chocolate lovers, they also make chocolate dipped popsicles that looked awesome (next time & see below).  This is a smart concept that has been expanding around Europe and the Middle East with locations in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Indonesia and the Philipines.  I recall reading  in the New York times

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One Response to “Places to Eat: Florence”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I saw Stick House when I was in Florence last week, but didn’t get a chance to stop by. Glad to hear it’s good, because the location is so touristy it’d make you think it couldn’t be. Will check it out next time I’m in town.

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