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Bar Pitti

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (3) comments

Ciao Firenze!

Living and studying in Florence, Italy was one of the most incredible experiences in my life. Everything about this charming city—the people, culture, art, architecture, shopping and of course the delicious food and wine—was in a completely different league than anything I had been previously exposed to.

My first apartment in Florence looked out upon Piazza Pitti, a beautiful open square surrounded by the famous Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Throughout the day, locals and tourists alike would sit outside and sunbathe, read, shop at the adjacent street merchants or enjoy a cup of creamy gelato, while relaxing in this inviting courtyard. I was so fortunate to take in such a lovely sight everyday when I walked out my door.

Taken on the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, just steps away from Piazza Pitti

It’s rare to find authentic fare in the States that can compare to the delicacies I became accustomed to while overseas—the Italians are truly masters of creating fresh, flavorful cuisine with a bit of love infused into every bite. While growing up, my two Grandmothers and Mom set the bar extremely high for what I consider great Italian food, and living in Florence only elevated it further.

I still hold Firenze very near to my heart and it will always be one of my favorite cities in the world. Whenever I long for those sun-kissed Tuscan days and want to reminisce about Italia, or my beloved piazza, I head down to Bar Pitti in the West Village.

Pasta Al Tartufo Nero

While there, I feel like I’m in Tuscany all over again. Black and white images of Florence grace the golden-painted walls of the eatery’s cozy interior, which is jam-packed with wooden tables, but the restaurant’s true standout is the exceptional outdoor dining space. A chalkboard of daily specials extends the already enticing Mediterranean menu offerings, while the patrons and staff speak their country’s native tongue far more than any English (I love going places where I get to practice my Italian). Plus, this establishment is dog-friendly, so I can bring Cooper along while I dine alfresco.


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