For our â€œLast Lunchâ€ in Florence, instead of finding a fancy trattoria, we decided to head back to the Mercato Centrale for another market lunch but at a different stallâ€¦ We searched the choices on the first floor and were intrigued by the hubbub around one of the “turo-turoâ€™s“â€¦ a long line of laborers, locals, tourists and office workers were choosing their lunch from about 8-10 different dishes at this all male carinderia of sorts. The incredible volume, the number of customers and the food itself made this the obvious choice for our final lunch. First up, Trippa a la Fiorentina, a classic dish that you cannot miss if you visit Florenceâ€¦ it was delicious. Soft tripe in a classic tomato-ey sauce that had flavor, taste and the texture associated with a cowâ€™s second stomach liningâ€¦ No off or malansa taste here at all.
We also ordered an Insalata a la Greca or Greek style salad with olives, cucumbers, onions, greens and feta cheese dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. It hit the spotâ€¦fresh and crsip greens with salty hits from the cheese and olives and a great match for the other food we ordered. We also got a nice dish of pappardele with minced duck raguâ€¦ really goodâ€¦ kind of like a Bolognese sauce but with flavorful and fattier duck meat. So far on this trip my daughter had ordered rabbit, lamb and duck completely on her ownâ€¦not bad, huh?
We had been gone from Manila for close to 3 weeks and rice was something we neededâ€¦ so we got a dish of mushroom risotto that was pretty good. The flavor of the dried porcinis mixed in with fresh mushrooms really shone through. However, the dish lacked the characteristic creaminess that is found in a properly made portion of risottoâ€¦I suspect this was made in a huge pot and not stirred as often as it should have. Never mindâ€¦rice fix met. Finally, my wife couldnâ€™t resist slices of slow roasted beef that was almost shredded because it was so tenderâ€¦super sarap is all I can sayâ€¦ Overall, this was one of the best meals we had on the tripâ€¦better than our first market meal in Florence even. Total cost for this incredible spread? Euro 22.50 with drinks, or approximately USD30.