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Indoor Italian Street Food Party

Enough with the rain already – we are tired of being forced to stay inside. The Italians would say “piove da morire” (it’s raining to death), and certainly the lack of sunshine can make us feel depressed. So . . . we’re throwing a party INSIDE this Thursday. Come to our Indoor Italian Street Food Party August 2 at 6 pm, and taste the freshness of traditional Italian ingredients as well as beloved Florentine fried favorites for just $39 (all inclusive). It might be wet outside, but I guarantee you’ll feel the warmth of the Tuscan sun in our dining room. Buy your tickets now and also enjoy a complimentary glass of frosé.

Pizza will be on the menu of course, but “al taglio” the kind that is prepared in large sheet pans covered with various toppings and sliced into large squares. Piadina Romagnola is a well-known, thin sandwich from Emilia Romagna, most notably found at the beaches of the Adriatic. It is made with soft, tart stracchino cheese, prosciutto and arugula folded into a flatbread pocket. Florence is known for its wonderful fried foods – many of which can be found in the city’s “friggitorie” fry shops. We’ll be serving samples of this Tuscan tradition including: Pollo Fritto, fried chicken; Scagliozzi, polenta chips; Bocconcini di Mozzarella, fried mozzarella; and Coccoli, Florentine fritters.

Gelato and sorbetto can be traced as far back as 3000 BC to Asian culture who flavored crushed ice. Florentine Caterina de Medici was known for having introduced gelato to the French in the 1500s when it was used as a palate cleanser between courses as well as a sweet indulgent ending to the meal. Read more We’ll be serving our own sweet lemon sorbetto. When it gets really hot in Florence, the most popular way to end an evening is to join your friends to eat ice cold cocomero – watermelon – at a stand along one of Florence’s streets.

In recent years, Italians have gone crazy for street food. There are two kinds of street food – the food that is cooked in the street, and the food that is sold in shops but consumed on the pavement. In Florence you’ll find pizzerie that weigh it and sell slabs of pizza by the slice and friggitorie that specialize in everything fried. People will crowd these storefronts and stand around, many times with a glass of local wine, and the next thing you know it’s a party.  Party with us Thursday!

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