If you are traveling in Tuscany specifically, or Italy in general for a while, or perhaps are here for school then sometimes the craving for non-Tuscan food gets you in its grasp. Now, I luuuuurves me some Tuscan cooking, but occasionally the idea of some regular old diner style food sets my comfort food meter into overdrive. A juicy, blood rare cheeseburger loaded with bacon and all the trimmings, anyone? Anyone? Bueller, Bueller.
So, I had actually been mentioning this to a certain tall, not-so-dark, but deliciously handsome. The week of my birthday his friend took him to a EXACTLY the type of place I was craving. Then he took me there.
The visual is this: historical center of Florence with its characteristic narrow streets bounded by centuries old buildings. A few small tables outside the front door of the place. Walking distance from T, N-S-D and DH’s apartment. Bright red walls, music memorobilia and the scent of charred bovine wafting out of an open kitchen. Time for REAL burgers.
We sit in the second of the two small dining rooms…I want to watch one of the only open kitchens I have ever seen in Florence. There are other Americans and quite a few Italians chowing on burgers and fries already. The menu is dinerific. We order: he gets a bacon cheeseburger and I get a burger with gorgonzola, both of which are served with fries. Real fries, made with real potatoes, steak fry style. We only come up for air while inhaling our burgers because colleagues of his come in. Then we proceed to order and share a third burger and fries…yes it was good enough to do it.
Remember the $5 milkshake in Pulp Fiction? Well here they have the 5€ milkshake…inflation actually makes it almost reasonable…one of those will serve you well for dessert, as will their cheesecake with the strawberry glaze (even if yours doesn’t have a birthday candle.)
Better than all that is that they serve real breakfast…pancakes, omelettes, mimosa bla bla bla. They have a selection of standard omelettes plus a create your own option. This is not easy to find in Florence. Plus they have extensive hours and do not close between meals…so if the burger craving hits you at 3pm you are in luck, they are open from 8am until 10:30 daily.
Plus, unlike many restaurants in Florence they also have a website.