As soon as I walk in I am greeted by Serafino Sanesi, proud owner of the Antica Trattoria. He is a tall man with a friendly smile. He started working in his mother’s trattoria at age 11, and he hasn’t had one day of regret. Today you can find him at the register where he greets his customers with warm hospitality. At his trattoria “la cucina e’ rigorosamente casalinga” or “the food is strictly homey”. He’s proud to serve traditional regional food: pappa al pomodoro, la ribollita, pappardelle al cingliale, bistecca … the menu follows the seasons.
Serafino assures me I can photograph anything I would like, I just have to ask. It’s a rainy day with almost no natural light in the restaurant. I end up setting up on a little table outside. After, I invite myself to the kitchen where I am immediately drawn to the bistecca searing on the impressive charcoal grill. Admir has been grilling the meats for more then nine years. It’s with great dedication that he informs me about the different cuts and preparations. He is proud about his work. I also meet Andrea, who is responsible for the ‘primi’, and Simonetta who dedicates her days to frying vegetables and meats. She approaches with a handful of crispy fried crumbs. Her secret to the perfect light batter is a glass of sparkling water. Her ‘frittura mista’ is the most popular side dish at the trattoria. Now I know why.
I take my seat at one of the tables in a dining room (it seats over 110). Sometimes, the restaurant turns 2-3 a night. Behind me, a large family is seated together, all four generations. No menu for me, the kitchen has already decided on my lunch: ‘groppa’ [rumb steak], frittura mista [fried zucchini, potato slices and artichokes] and fagiolli [white beans] drizzled with Tuscan olive oil and black pepper.
Trattoria’s like Serafano’s are not easy to find. Flavorful and genuine food with respect to local traditions, producers and customers. ‘Homey cusine’ in the best possible way.
Antica Trattoria Sanesi: Via Arione 33, Lastra A Signa [Province of Florence], T: +39 055 872 0234