A few weeks ago I headed to Florence to meet a virtual friend. I have been following “Girl in Florence” for many years, and Georgette Jupe is one of my favorite Italian blogger girls. If you don’t know her, head over to her blog right now.
We made a date, set a meeting point, and made it happen. It was a very hot day in Florence, but that did not stop us from walking the distance with Georgette pointing out her highlights along the way.
Georgette had made a reservation at a brand new Florentine restaurant Le Menagere (it literally opened a week before). She touted it as a stylist’s dream, and she was not over selling it. When I walked in the door, it was swoon-worthy for sure. A beautiful “concept” restaurant which included a gift store, flower shop and coffee/sandwich bar, and a beyond beautiful restaurant. The communal table ran about 100 feet which was something I had never seen. Set in an old building, the owners vision was to leave the patina as is, which for Italians is something quite unique when doing a restoration project. The effect is magnificent. The untouched walls add to the over-all texture and ambiance. I took note as we are in the process of buying and renovating a home in Italy.
The menu was very unusual for Tuscany. Most Tuscan restaurants offer the traditional fare, but Le Menagere, takes the standard Tuscan dishes and offers their twist. One of the highlights for me was the “hot and cold caprese salad”. Served in a glass, this delicious course was layered with warm tomato coulis and ice cold mozzarella foam, topped with a basil leaf, sun dried tomato and crushed pistachio. What can I say? Every bite was a surprise. We ordered, eggplant caviar with fig endive and sprouts, cold tomato soup with vanilla poached prawns, and salmon with honey glaze served with fennel salad, along with fresh peaches and an arugula salad to share. A crisp cold Tuscan rose wine rounded out the flavor profiles to perfection.
It was delightful to finally connect with Georgette; she’s a delightful, bright and warm person. I loved hearing her story as an American living in Florence.
Next time you’re in Florence, make a point of having lunch dinner or aperitivo in this exquisitely designed space; the floating orchids in the main dining room will make a lasting impression. Oh and did I mention the wait staff is excellent, and so well dressed?
Ciao until next time! Bon appetito.
Big thanks to Georgette; you’re an amazing host! xxDecor Design Inspiration italy Travel Tuscany Uncategorized : Tags: Florence, Florence restaurants, friends, italy, Le Menagere, travel, tuscan, tuscany