Those who have been following this blog for a while know I love good food, and so up next I’m going to share one of my all-time favorites of Florence: Osteria Santo Spirito. I’m all for a good apertivo but sometimes you really want a sit-down meal with multiple courses, and Osteria Santo Spirito does not disappoint. As its name suggests, it is located in piazza Santo Spirito, a popular spot particularly during the summer. Whether you are planning on eating inside or out, I definitely recommend getting a reservation. Then you know you will get a spot, and can sit down to enjoy a great meal stress-free–and at a bargain price, too. Of all the places I have been (rarely) or seen, it’s one of the most reasonable in town. Every meal starts off with their bread accompanied by a delicious olive spread. Yum.

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Then it’s up to you as to what you want to order. Since there were five of us we opted to split a starter, so we got this delicious combo:

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Which was quickly devoured– except the lard. Why do Italians serve lard on bread? Something we Americans just don’t understand.

We had actually come to the restaurant on the recommendation of a friend, who insisted we get the cheese and truffle oil gnocchi. Let me tell you, she was not wrong. One of the best things I have put in my mouth EVER. Delicious. As you can see, it was a popular choice. Oh, did I mention these are half portions? (Lucky they HAVE half portions, a rare thing in Italy!)

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In the closeup you can practically see the cheese bubbling. Excuse me while I run across town to eat some more.

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Do you have a favorite restaurant in a city you live in or have visited? This one is definitely on my list now!

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