COOKING UP A STORM./
MICHELE GUALTIERI IS A PROFESSIONAL CHEF, WITH EXPERIENCE WORKING IN SOME OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS RESTAURANTS, IN ITALY + LONDON./
WHEN IT COMES TO PASTA, THOUGH, HE LEARNED EVERYTHING FROM HIS NONNA, A TRUE PASTA MAKER FROM EMILIA-ROMAGNA, WHO PASSED HER LOVE + EXPERTISE FOR AUTHENTIC ITALIAN PASTA ON TO HER GRANDSON./
MICHELE NOW RUNS PASTA MAKING WORKSHOPS IN FLORENCE, WHERE PUPILS LEARN EVERYTHING FROM THE SECRET TO ACHIEVEING AN AMAZING PASTA DOUGH, TO AN INTRODUCTION TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLOSING - RAVIOLI, TORTELLINI, CAPPELLACCI... THE LIST GOES ON!/
WE FIGURED MICHELE MIGHT KNOW SOME PRETTY AMAZING PLACES IN FLORENCE./ HERE ARE SOME OF HIS FAVOURITE PLACES IN THE CITY...
"Lampredotto is the most famous street food of the city. It is made with the stomach of the cow + served in a bun with salsa verde + chilli oil. Something that you can't miss in Florence!"
"This place became the best cocktail bar in Italy. Locale is situated in an ex 'Medici' house. Ask the bartender for a tour of the building - they will take you to the underground floor + they will show you part of the old house. Try the Cocktail of Florence: 'Negroni'."
GIARDINO DI BOBOLI
"The Boboli Gardens is a historical park of the city of Florence. Originally designed for the Medici, it represents one of the first + most important examples of the 'Italian Garden'. It has large fountains + caves, among them the splendid Buontalenti grotto built by the artist, architect + sculptor Bernardo Buontalenti."
All photos are copyright F1FTY except: Portrait (Image courtesy of Michele Gualtieri); Tripperia Pollini (Instagram @tripperiapollini); Locale (Instagram @localefirenze); Boboli Gardens (Credit: Yuliya Kosolapova); Pharmacy Santa Maria Novella (Instagram @santamarianovella1612); San Lorenzo Market (Credit: Pixabay - Mariamichelle). This feature was not paid for in any way.