Florence: Day 81

We had such great luck with the recommended restaurants near Santo Spirito (see Osteria Santo Spirito on days 41 & 71 and Trattoria Casalinga on day 44), we wanted to be sure to try the third restaurant that had been recommended in that area, Gusta Osteria. This restaurant was fantastic as well!


We started with the antipasto casereccio del Gusta, which means the homemade appetizers of Gusta Osteria. It was basically like an appetizer sampler, Italian style. On the plate we had prosciutto, pecorino, a fried ball of something (maybe an arancino?), sun-dried tomatoes, an artichoke bruschetta, tomato and bread soup, and a zucchini and carrot frittata. I’m so glad we had an antipasto platter like this again before we left! Everything on the plate was delicious. The frittata was served room temperature, which is common in Italy. And I’ve come to really enjoy them that way. And the biggest revelation for me was the cold tomato and bread soup! It makes perfect sense. It is like a gazpacho made thick with the bread. It was very delicious served this way and since I love to make that soup, serving the leftovers cold makes it even easier!


We then split a primi piatti, the spaghetti allo scoglio (spaghetti with seafood). Similar to what we had in Cinque Terre (see day 73), I think this will officially become one of my favorite dishes to have in the summer! Again, this was a mix of seafood tossed with spaghetti in a white wine sauce. I’d have to say the dish we had in Cinque Terre was better, but part of that has to do with the hike we did there and being on the ocean, I’m sure. This was certainly delicious as well.


The last dish we split was probably not the wisest choice on another hot day, but it sounded good to us at the time. It was the polpettoncino del Gusta con patate arrosto, or meatball with roasted potatoes. It was one huge meatball, served with roasted potatoes and a small lettuce and tomato salad. It was very good, although I would bet I would have been more impressed by it had it been cold outside. Nonetheless, we enjoyed this dish and the entire meal and getting back to one of our favorite piazzas before we head home!



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