It’s not easy to find a good place to eat seafood in Florence. ‘The catch of the day’ is all about freshness. Finally I can enjoy a wonderfully prepared ‘merluzzo’ in my neighborhood.
‘Trattoria Pane e Olio‘: a teensy Mediterranean bistro at the foot of Via Bolognese. For decades it has been serving Tuscan fare. Today you can find young Neapolitan chef Aldo preparing a small but delightful fish menu. Meanwhile his charming ‘socio’ Gianluca rules the dining room with precision.
The day of the shoot, I join Aldo in his compact kitchen. There is just enough room for me and my camera. He perfectly executes a ‘passatina di zolfini’ [a tuscan bean purée] with seared prawns and fresh dill. Definitely one of my favorites: light, delicious and an ideal way to awaken my appetite. Next is a velvety scallop and clam risotto. Back to work: I set up my tripod next to one of the bistro tables close to the entrance. Gianluca brings out a tempting ‘merluzzo’ accompanied by oven toasted cherry tomatoes, asparagus and fresh maggiorana. Aromatic and delicate!
I almost don’t want to leave. That’s the intent: Aldo and Gianluca keep their doors open all day for anybody who wants to stop for a coffee or ‘aperitivo’.
I end my visit at Pane e Olio with their Mojito inspired dessert [Gianluca is also a sommelier and barman]: lime, rhum and mint … freshness indeed!
Pane e Olio: Via Faentina 2r, Ponte Rosso [Florence], lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, T: +39 055488381.