Today we explored the area around the Piazzale Michelangelo including the Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte (a gorgeous cathedral with amazing views of the city), the Cimitero Delle Porte Sante (an expansive graveyard with very ornamental tombs and mausoleums) and the Giardino delle Rose (rose garden). This might be my favorite area of the city. It’s a lot of work getting there as it’s up a very large hill, but everywhere you turn there’s a new amazing vista of Florence and the Tuscan hills.
On our way down, we stopped at a restaurant called Fuori Porta for lunch. We ordered a quarter liter of a white wine and a quarter liter of prosecco. The meal that followed was fabulous! It definitely ranked up there as one of the best we have had while in Italy.
We ordered polpette di baccala, which were salt cod meatballs served on a chickpea puree that had a mild curry flavor. We also ordered the burrata (a fresh mozzarella ball with a creamy center) and vegetable flan. The vegetable flan was almost like a spinach and ricotta gnudi, but in the form of flan instead of a dumpling. Both entrees came with a side of fresh greens which I believe were watercress. Not knowing each entree came with a pile of greens, we also ordered an insalata verde (green salad). All of the greens were so fresh and crisp. They came to the table dry, but they brought a bottle of extra virgin olive oil. A drizzle of the oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper was all they needed! Everything from this meal was so fresh and delicious, we plan to go back.
I intended to cook dinner, but Emily took another long afternoon nap, so we wandered around in the early evening and found another aperitivo at Wine Bar Nabucco. This spread was the best we have found yet, so we ended up eating so much that we weren’t hungry for dinner. The great news is this particular aperitivo starts much earlier than the average aperitivo (4:30pm) and is really close to the next apartment we will be staying in. So I foresee us frequenting this spot!