The street wound me toward Enoteca Fuori Porta, a delightful restaurant filled with locals. That was an excellent sign. That and the cool air emanating from inside.
ravioli of pecorino and pears with saffron and poppy) and a 2009 Frescobaldi Chianti (€3). When in Florence, order the chianti.
Here is a grand meal. Simple, prepared well, and is filling. The tortelli (€10) arrived remarkably fast accompanied by grated parmesan cheese. It was a sun yellow pasta which reminded me of Tuscan yellow. The sauce was a lighter shade and dotted with poppy seeds. The cheese was light, slightly nutty flavor and crumbly. I couldn't taste the pear, but wonder if the pecorino and pear neutralized each other? Surcharge: €1.50.
This is where I wrote that Italian speakers sing. They really do. I enjoy the lilting rollercoaster of their language. And watching the interactions, I noticed the familiarity between guests and waitstaff. It's nice to know a restaurant has regulars. In the end, climbing down walls pays off.
This is their back dining area. Notice the color variety.
They had dense colored glassware too. A regular hides in the background.
Via del Monte alle Croci,
10, 50125 Firenze, Italy