Trattoria Sostanza – Florence, Italy
I think this is my favorite restaurant in Florence. I just can’t believe I found out about it a decade after I lived there for a year and that it’s blocks from the pensione where I lived. Small, casual and far from touristy, I make a point to go here every time I’m in town. The staff is no nonsense but friendly in every way. The food speaks for itself. The first time I found myself in the kitchen learning how to make the artichoke pie and the last time it was our friend standing in front of the stovetop trying to memorize their method. Take my advice and definitely order the artichoke pie, butter chicken and the meringue cake with fresh berries for dessert. I PROMISE you…these dishes will change your life.