Category Archive: Food and Drinks

Restaurants, tasting, where to go for a drink or a coffee

Our new tapas happy hour

Grand Hotel Minerva is chock full of surprises this summer. We did work on our rooftop to turn it into two beautiful terraces, called Pool & Solarium Terrace and Chiostri Terrace. We are happy to make some big announcements: our swimming pool now features more room for lounge chairs and a jacuzzi, and we have …

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“Al Fresco” Restaurant’s summer opening

What should we do tonight? It’s hot, so how about going to an outdoor restaurant… the first that springs to mind is “Al Fresco”, Grand Hotel Minerva’s outdoor restaurant in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, which just opened a few days ago for the summer season. Just like last year, an elegant, laid-back atmosphere reigns. We …

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The New first floor of Central Market

Last April 23, the first floor of Florence’s Mercato Centrale (Central Market) reopened, just in time to honor the 140 years since its long-ago opening in 1874. Once a fruit and vegetable market (now on the ground floor), the first floor has been closed for several years and is now reopening with a spruced-up, modern …

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Cucina Torcicoda

A few weeks ago our co-worker Claudio retired. To celebrate we all went out to dinner at a nice restaurant that recently changed management and was completely renovated. The restaurant is called “Cucina Torcicoda”. The restaurant is in the vibrant Santa Croce neighborhood, around the corner from the Santa Croce church. The restaurant is enormous. …

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Mouth-watering Events

On par with its world-renowned monuments and museums, Florence is famed for its culinary talents. The excellence of its cuisine attracts food lovers from around the world. It’s hardly a surprise that Florence is the perfect setting for top-of-the-line food and wine events, in addition to its plethora of restaurants, pizzerias, and gelaterias. Here are …

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Eataly Comes to Florence

Exactly one month ago, a new space opened in Florence, all for those who love good food. It’s called Eataly. Eataly was the brainchild of Oscar Farinetti, a new concept for a food store and high quality restaurant in one. The first Eataly was in Turin, followed by stores in Rome, Milan, Genoa, and Bologna, …

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Perfect for romantic dinners

Dining in one of Florence’s finest squares is a one-of-a-kind experience! Piazza Santa Maria Novella is a magnificent setting. Our restaurant “Al Fresco” is perfect for romantic dinners or an evening with friends, or even more formal occasions and work meetings! As I wasn’t sure what to choose from the menu, I took the advice …

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Tour of Chianti: In the Land of the Black Rooster

On Sunday, July 7, I had the pleasure of taking part in the tour organized by Caf Tours called “Excursion in Chianti with Wine Tastings“. The excursion is done year round (except August 15), every day of the week (on Tuesdays and Fridays the tour includes a typical tuscan dinner as well). The departure is …

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Vegetarian and vegan restaurant

In a narrow street between Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Porta al Prato, a quick walk from the Firenze S.M.Novella station, I was drawn by the sign of a recently-opened little restaurant. I decided to try it out a few nights ago. The place is called BVeg Bistrò. My curiosity was first piqued with the …

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Sabatini: 100 years old and fresh as a flower

Words like elegance, sophistication, and tradition don’t suffice to describe Sabatini. It deserves many more adjectives, and prime among these is “amiable” to describe the two owners, Carlo and Claudio. Another word is “skill”, that of the owners and the waitstaff alike. As soon as we step into the restaurant, we are swept up in …

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