But it’s hard to walk around here without having your appetite tested all the time. Savory lunch menus, ice cream specialties (I stumbled upon a cantucci and vinsanto ice cream!), salami, cold cuts, take-away pizza, dolci and the sweetest pastries. This city never sleeps
Trattoria Sergio Gozzi (Florence)But we’re back at the piazza San Lorenzo around 1:30pm, sneak in between the sorry tourist stalls and the facade and enter Italian restaurant Sergio Gozzi after scanning today’s lunch offers near the entrance. The waitress gives us a table in the second part of the restaurant near the kitchen. A bread basket is put on the table together with ½ liter caraf of red house wine (€6). We sip, we munch but choosing food proves to be much harder.
OK, so the gentleman sitting at the table in front of us has just ordered the lombatina di vitella alla griglia (€12,50) or grilled veal chop and a plate of fagioli all’olio (€3), the most gorgeous and smooth looking white beans in olive oil. His friend opposite to him takes the fegato di vitella alla salvia (€9,50) or veal liver with sage and beans as well.
Liver and Beans
I love liver. And it’s been a while ever since the last time I had some. In comes the liver. And a portion of cauliflower or cavolfiore strascicato (€3). No idea what that might mean. Suspense! We’ll see.
This place works like a well-oiled machine. Plates fly out of the kitchen in an almost frightful tempo. All look spotless, huge, sizzling… And the most homey fragrances fill the room. We receive our ordered food not even 10 minutes later. The veal chop is huge. It is grilled beautifully. The fat glinstering on top make it look so enormously juicy. And it is juicy, we find out seconds later. Nice smokey flavor from the grill. Noble veal!My veal liver is cooked well too. Nice liver flavor. Not grainy or rubbery. Good. The slightly vinegary sauce matches perfectly with the fresh sage and garlic in it. The white beans taste just the way they looked: earthy, natural, smooth texture, served lukewarm. There’s some soft garlic and sage in it as well. What we love the most about this dish is the total lack of pepper and salt. The beans are simply drizzled with a good-quality olive oil. Plain and simple (check out my copycat recipe for these beans!). The cauliflower is cooked in a light tomato sauce. Fennel seeds are also present. Nice flavor. Nevertheless we find the cauliflower a little too smooth. It lacks some crunch. Pity. We order a second caraf of red wine halfway through lunch time. Lampredotto or not, we don’t have a problem polishing off each and everyone of our plates.
Bistecca alla FiorentinaThe young German-speaking couple next to us has just ordered the bistecca alla Fiorentina. Literally all eyes follow the beast when it makes its way to their table because it is huge. The lucky bastards divide the sliced steak. We can see that the steak is cooked perfectly: bright red and juicy on the inside. As thick as a brick. Almost. Even the French fries on the side look great. Price: €38 per kilo. Mental note: check. We’re coming back for it.
We wave off dessert and coffee. No nonsense food is what you get here.
Trattoria Sergio Gozzi
Piazza San Lorenzo, 8r