If you ask me what's one of my most memorable and well-liked eateries in Italy, I would say for certainty that Osteria de' Peccatori in Florence is definitely one of them. The food here is simple, unpretentious and most importantly, delicious. I should add too that prices here are relatively affordable, cheap even if you compare it with some of the other restaurants. Sounds good eh? :)
The interior of Osteria de' Peccatori is warm and inviting, and to some extent has a countryside feel to it as well. With the cool weather of early May, having an early dinner in here was a cosy and comfortable affair.
Perhaps the people here have a sense of humour or masculine pride too, and I know I just have to put this picture up for good measure (pun intended?). A copy of Michaelangelo's famous David finds itself "upsized" in the right place (go figure, I've been quite obvious haha!) here, quite unlike the original.
Bruschetta ai Rigatino e Porcini
The travel buddy loves his bruschettas, and had fairly good things to say about this one in particular. You can't see much of the bread in the picture, but the highlight anyway is the tender Tuscany bacon and porcini mushrooms.
Tagliatelle alla Bolognese
Probably the best al dente pasta that I've had in this entire trip in Italy. Homemade pasta that was firm to the bite, and with an impeccable meaty bolognese sauce that I doubt any restaurants in Singapore can come close. Sizeable portion too, but for such a delectable dish I could order seconds or thirds if I wasn't aiming other things on the menu. Full marks, if not more.
Firm panna cotta with not too bad caramel sauce. I think I would have enjoyed the tiramisu more though!
And in case you're wondering, what tiramisu, here it is. This is very good tiramisu with a good balance of flavours - liquer, coffee and chocolate, and the type of moisture that I personally like. Anything with too much sponge doesn't score well with me, so this was really quite good.
Pizza Frutti di Mare
I'm not done yet, not by a mile. I really, really wanted to try the pizza here, and so, much to the amusement of the travel buddy, I ordered a whole pizza for takeaway. And because he had his fill for the night, this was going to be mine, mine, and only mine.
No regrets at all. This is fantastic seafood pizza, with a good assortment of ingredients - mussels, clams, shellfish, prawns and squids. Thin and crisp pizza, but not necessarily wafer-like like the joke that you see with skinny pizzas in Singapore. This is very good pizza, yums.
Very good. Menu had English descriptions so the language barrier wasn't too much of a problem. They were staring at me (and my DSLR) with some bit of amusement though.
€6.90 for the bruschetta ai rigatino e porcini
€7.90 for the tagliatelle alla bolognese
€3.90 for the cream caramel
€4.10 for the tiramisu
€7.90 for the pizza frutti di mare
€2.60 for a cup of caffe latte
€2.60 for a 1-litre bottle of mineral water
Piazza San Firenze, 14r,
Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.