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The Food Lover's Guide to Florence: With Culinary Excursions in Tuscany Paperback – April 1, 2007

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In her culinary guide, Miller, a freelance writer living in Florence, begins with the basics, noting the differences between a ristorante, osteria and trattoria; explaining the layout of the Italian menu ("With few variations, Florentine menus follow a standard order"); and sharing her thoughts on waiters and tipping ("Remember, no one is working toward a tip"). From there, Miller offers an introduction to Tuscan wines, and then organizes her listings in chapters such as "Restaurants and Trattorias," "International Food," and "Coffee, Pastries, and Chocolate." For such Florentine specialties as bistecca fiorentina (a T-bone steak rubbed with olive oil, salt, lemon, and rosemary and served rare) she recommends a handful of restaurants throughout the city. She also notes where vegetarians can eat well and where to find kosher restaurants. This is a smart and useful tool for foodies passing time in Tuscany.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* The only travel guide devoted solely to the food of Florence and Tuscany, including 100 restaurant reviews and tips for everything from reading the menu to wine selection.
* Updated with the newest ristorantes, trattorias, enotecas, gelato shops, and open-air markets.
* Florence is the second most-visited city in the world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 2 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088251
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bill Marsano. Frankly I've always wondered why people go crazy about the splendid leather goods available in Florence. Yes, they're stylish, well-priced and well made--but can you eat them? To each his own, however. You want to buy shoes and handbags, or go to museums--help yourself. When I'm in Florence, I'm going to eat. The only things I buy to take away is food I want to smuggle back into the U.S.
I go to Italy three to five times a year (and I'm always hungry), and Florence is one of the best cities forrestaurants, pizzerias, wine bars, specialty shops and gorgeous markets piled with fresh produce. I have lots of scribbled notes and crumpled business cards, but this book does a much better job. If I've succeeded in whetting your appetite, then grab this book before you go on your own trip. Emily Wise Miller is a good writer and an outstanding guide to the gustatory city. She hits the high spots but doesn't neglect the little-known spots that aren't smack downtown; she knows the regional specialties (the unsalted bread, the magnificent lard); she also remembers that some amongst us are vegetarians and health-food devotees. And when she's got you positively salivating, she closes her book with chapters on cooking schools and culinary tours. All you really need to do is check the photo facing the introduction. It shows a newspaper headline that freely translates as "Delicatessen Clerk Condemned! Sold Prosciutto Different from the One the Customer Asked For!" That alone will give you an idea of how seriously Florentines take their food--and how well-tuned-in Emily Wise Miller is. (Bill Marsano is an award-winning writer on travel and wines and spirits.)
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We brought this with us, along with several other more general food guides, on a recent 5 day stay in Florence. This was, by far, the most helpful of the guides, since it was devoted exclusively to florence (unlike any others that i am aware of, although there are several tuscan food guides). Because of this, it was far more detailed and afforded many more options than any other guide. As an added perk, it was very up to date, again, unlike several others. There will always be some disgreement when it comes to food recommendations, but I found this guide to be quite reliable. It is by far the most helpful eating guide for florence itself, so if you are traveling to florence for more than a day or two, and eating is at all important to you, I would recommend it very highly, despite the following caveats.

As another reviewer mentioned, the organization in this book leaves a lot to be desired. It is arranged by type of establishment (pizzeria, gelateria, restaurant by expense-category). Since most of one's stopping into gelateria, pastry shops and food markets (if not restaurants) is likely to occur semi-spontaneously as one is walking around, it is crucial to be able to quickly locate stores in your area. This would have been SO easy to address with either a numbered map (preferably) or an index/ list by area. The lack of area-organization combined with the sheer bulk of easily accessible eateries requires one to spend a cumbersome amount of time looking in the guide beforehand and planning stops, not necessarily how one wants to spend one's time. Quite often we realized later that we had walked right near or by a place of interest, which was frustrating.
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Miller's book was our primary guide for culinary experiences on our recent trip to Florence. It didn't disappoint. While the section on restaurants is reliable, albeit somewhat tilted toward eateries in the Oltrarno, the real value of the book lies in pointing the reader to the better bakeries, markets and gelaterias around town. Too many other guides include the same old listings of places too often living on their past reputations. Look at the others when planning your trip, but take Miller with you.
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This is so far the BEST Italian food guide that I've read. The book is organized in different chapters such as Restaurants, Gelaterias, Pizzerias, Pastry Shops..... Each chapter devotes a intimate description of the different establishments and each establishment is traced to a grid on the Florence map provided at the back. The writing style is very intimate and you feel that the author has definitely personally experienced all of these places and took a lot of notes.
The improvements I would suggest are that the index should be better thought out. (1) Reference food dishes to establishments in index. For example, say if you are looking for the dish "Osso Bucco", it is not found in the index and it would be great if the author could trace the dish to the restaurants that it's served. (2) Restaurants by Location Index. The restaurants are currently organized by type and price but not by location. It would be great if there is an index to list the various restaurants by map location,have an food indicative rating system next to it and a reference back to the main writeup. That would make planning the restaurant visits so much easier. (3) Also, the Tuscany culinary excursions section are very short (only 30 pages)and I think could be expanded to be more comprehensive.
Having said that, I still think this is one of the best and most intimate writing I have read on this subject. If only the author would also write for other regions such as Rome, Venice, Amalfi....
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