In various locations around town, you can find “chioschi” or street food stands. These are referred to as trippai or lampredottai where you can taste the best of the city’s street culinary tradition, a sandwich filled with trippa or lampredotto.
What is trippa or lampredotto? Trippa is tripe, the edible lining of the cow’s stomach. While tripe is eaten elsewhere, lampredotto is a local specialty for Florence. It is the fourth and final stomach of a cow, generally slow-cooked with tomato, onion, parsley, and celery until it has the texture of tender roast beef. Both are traditionally served on a crunchy bun, often first soaked in the broth and with spicy or green sauce.
I have avoided eating the street food here, but I am working up the courage to try it! Today, however, I opted for lunch at a really great ristorante, Adagio. https://www.ristoranteadagio.it/ They serve a complimentary digestivo after lunch. Glad I had an espresso to go with it!
After lunch I wandered through the monthly flea market at Sant’Ambrogio.
The pandemic, the war, and now I’ve learned that Mauro Volponi shoe shop is closing in Florence! It is just too much….I will go there today to say goodbye to the staff and see what I can find. A huge closing sale is in progress.
I will never forget the four shades of blue suede shoes, the beautiful boots and sandals!
Chia and I are still experiencing jet lag!
Even though we are tired, we had a great day at the goldsmith yesterday, coordinating some custom jewelry for several clients. This is an Etruscan inspired necklace.
My client had lost one of her diamond earrings, so we are putting it to good use in a new necklace for her!
I am all excited to be returning to Florence this week. Italy no longer requires Covid testing to enter, which makes the trip much easier!
I will be coordinating with the goldsmith to make some beautiful jewelry for my clients.
I can’t wait to have the local pizza, prosecco and pasta. Chia, who will be 16 in May, will accompany me, of course!
But Tibby must stay home!
I am looking forward to many shopping tours this spring, but especially the week long birthday celebration for my best friend. She and five others will join me shopping, touring Chianti and dining at my favorite restaurants. We will be doing our best to stimulate the Florentine economy!
I have been keeping busy this winter here in Seattle. Lots of clients have ordered gold jewelry from the goldsmith’s workshop in Florence. It is so much fun for me and the clients have been thrilled with their purchases.
Chia and I enjoy our evenings with a nice fire and a glass of Italian wine! Spring is in the air, and we will return to Florence in March.