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MY CITY

MICHELE GUALTIERI

FLORENCE

Michele Gualtieri is a professional chef, with experience working in some of the most prestigious restaurants in Italy, as well as London.

When it comes to pasta, though, he learned everything from his Nonna, a true pasta maker from Emilia Romagna, who passed her love and 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 achieving 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 and served in a bun with salsa verde and chilli oil. Something that you can't miss in Florence!"

Florentine street food

TRIPPERIA POLLINI

"This place became the best cocktail bar in Italy, Locale is situated in an ex 'Medici' house (Medici being the important family of Florence in the renaissance time). Ask the bartender for a tour of the building -they will take you to the underground floor and they will show you part of the old house. Try the Cocktail of Florence 'Negroni'."

Cocktails in an  Ex-Medici House

LOCALE

"Today it is considered the oldest historical pharmacy in all of Europe, having been operating without interruption for over 4 centuries, as well as one of the oldest commercial businesses ever. A restoration project has also been launched for some monumental rooms."

A slice of history

PHARMACY OF SANTA MARIA NOVELLA

"The Boboli Gardens is a historical park of the city of Florence. Originally designed for the Medici, it represents one of the first and most important examples of the 'Italian Garden', which later served as inspiration for many European courts. It also has large fountains and caves, among them the splendid Buontalenti grotto built by the artist, architect and sculptor Bernardo Buontalenti between 1536 and 1608."

The quintessential Italian Garden

GIARDINO DI BOBOLI

I love visiting several markets - San Lorenzo Market (an inside and outside market) is one of my favourites, but I would also recommend Florence Antique Market, Fortezza da Basso Antique Market, and Flower Market."

Market life

SAN LORENZO MARKET

Find out more about Chef Michele's pasta making classes at: www.pastaclassflorence.com

 

Follow Michele on Instagram: @pastaclassflorence

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