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Trattoria la Casalinga

Trattoria la Casalinga
12 April 2017 0 Comment

Regular visitors to Florence discover and revisit their local trattoria with a sense of returning home. Good food with a great atmosphere in the big Italian cities is becoming more and more difficult to discover but they do exist and Trattoria la Casalinga is one such place.

Its common knowledge that a number of the most frequented eating establishments in Florence can be found in the Oltrarno (across the Arno) district of Florence. Many today consider this neighbourhood to be the most authentic and atmospheric part of Florence. While the first settlement of the city took place on the northern side of the Arno in the 1st century BC, it wasn’t until the 4th Century A.D that her southern bank was settled mostly by early Christian and Greek communities. It was in the Middle Ages that the Oltrarno flourishes providing the space for artisans of all persuasions to establish their homes and their workshops and serviced an every growing and more affluent city of merchants and eventually bankers who mostly built their palaces on the northern side of the river.

Eating in the Oltrarno has nearly always been about good, simple food made from fresh local produce and traditional recipes; enjoyed in the local neighbourhood trattoria surrounded by your friends, colleagues in the trades and sometimes your family on feast days. Boisterous and busy with a reasonable local wine these places were homes away from homes and if you can find such a place today you would feel equally at home.

If you can stumble across Piazza Santo Spirito then you are but a short walk to Trattoria la Casalinga which embodies still what a local eatery is all about. Inexpensive, cozy (meaning rubbing shoulders with your eating companions), and very friendly la Casalinga is my kind of place and one I happily share with you. The menu here is extensive and very Tuscan; you might like to begin with a minestrone di riso e cavolo (a minestrone broth with rice and cabbage) or ravioli al sugo di coniglio (ravioli with a rabbit sauce). If it’s cold outside you might consider having the cinghiale polenta e funghi (polenta with a wild boar and mushroom sauce) or the stinco di maiale al frono (ham hocks baked in the oven until they melt in your mouth) or the delicious fegato alla salvia (liver with sage). Their bistecca alla fiorentina is one of the best in Florence. Is your mouth watering?

Delicious food at excellent prices in a local trattoria – sounds good to me.

Trattoria la Casalinga – Via Michelozzi 9/R – Open Monday-Saturday from 12 midday to 14:30 and from 19.00 to 22 (Closed Sunday) – telephone: 055 2679243

Peter Kilby
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Peter Kilby is an artist, writer, story-teller, journalist and avid traveller who has lived and worked in Italy since 1987. He created Perfect Traveller to bring the world of art and history closer to you. Download the “free” Perfect Traveller app and enjoy the best audio tours available; about Italy today and yesterday. Sign Up to this website and submit your travel stories and become part of the Perfect Traveller community.

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