How to eat my way through Italy! (Mainly Florence and Rome but open to suggestions as to where I should go!)
Hello all! I've been in Spain for a month working on my Spanish but I need a change of scenery for a bit. The Tuesday after the coming one (Nov.12th), I'll be travelling to Florence, Italy for 10 days! I'll also be making a trip to Rome, and most likely other closer regions/towns (Lucca, Bologna...).
It's a relatively short trip and I'd love to hear some advice or just your experience of travelling to Italy! In particular, I'd like to hear some advice on how to see as much of Rome as I can in a day or two. I'm less about cathedrals and museums (after staying in Madrid for 3 weeks, I finally let my flatmates push me into the Prado museum like a child forced to eat her broccoli) and more about seeing and participating in what locals do, getting lost in markets and of course the food! (I can handle adventurous, gnarly ingredients including offal). Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Any useful phrases/words to use in the restaurants or on the streets? :)
Also, be very careful with Gelato in Florence (or in any big city) as they might sell you junk/small/overpriced ice cream easily. There is an amazing Gelateria in Florence called Mordilatte. Again, do look it up! :)
Another thing to try in Florence is the Lampredotto sandwich, which is one of the four stomachs of a cow, stewed then put in a panino (of which the top part is dipped in the cooking broth) and smeared with salsa verde. Try searching for 'Tripperia delle Cure' or 'Sergio e Pierpaolo'.
Another place I forgot to mention in Rome is Da Nerone just up the hill from the Colosseo in via Terme di Tito. The best oxtail (coda di vaccinara) you might ever taste in your life.
One thing that is unique about Rome is that you can taste the different regional cuisines from all over the peninsula. Why? Because legions of cardinals and politicians come and go bringing their own chefs with them. One of my favorites is Da Giuseppe up near Piazza del Popolo for authentic, housemade bolognese style pasta and bollito misto.
Useful phrases? "Fate voi" which means, "you do it" in the sense that whatever is good tonight. Just bring it! You are putting your trust in the establishment. Odds are you won't be disappointed.