|Roof Top Terrace
Cingali Bianco (The White Boar - where I had the truffles), 055
Trattoria Za Za, (try their Strawberries in Za Za pudding for dessert)
055 21 54 11
Cantinetta dei Verrazzano, (Heavenly beyond description!) 055 268
Trattoria Delle Belle Donna, 055 238 2609. We were there on the
2nd anniversary of the 9/11 disaster. At the end of the meal the
owner came to our table and after rapid, enthusiastic conversation
in Italian with Pam, he soberly pulled out a U.S. flag he was carrying
in his pocket, saying he had lost two friends in the tragedy of
the World Trade Center.
As long as I'm on a roll, let me share the information on the awesome
Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci where the breakfast is fresh, abundant and
delicious every morning in the beautiful dining room, and where
you can have lovely breaks or dinner on the roof terrace. And where
everyone who works there acts like they are your personal concierge.
Check them out at their website: www.BThotel.it
None of these places are on the cheap side, but I can say unequivocally
that you will never be sorry if you can take advantage of anyone
of them. Talking about food has made me hungry - I'll need to excuse
It's 5:00 AM here in my familiar California kitchen. I have survived
the grueling trip home, and though I've had only 4 hours of sleep,
I revel in the quiet coolness of the hour. A siesta nap will take
care of any "splendid jetlag," to borrow a phrase from a treasured
The smell of my own coffee brewing is dreamy. Though it's not espresso
or cappuccino, I sip from a cup and saucer that, by itself, gives
me pleasure. It is a gift from "Mama" at the Cantinette dei Verrazzano
restaurant. When I expressed my desire to buy one, she smiled and
said "No. I give you one!"
|My "Feel Good" Cup and Saucer
My old Tabby cat joins me at the table like the intimate friend
that he is. Perhaps he's somewhat surprised by my presence, but
is of course, the image of nonchalance.