My search of Deliciousness

Trattoria 4 Leoni

This restaurant is located across the Ponte Vecchio in the Piazza della Passera. We arrived around 8:00pm with no reservations but there were seats still available. Our waiter lacked a bit customer service… It definitely did not compare to Giovanni’s treatment the previous night! However, the food, the dessert and wine was excellent!!! 

Starter: Bruschetta all’olio. I’m never going back to breads with butter! This is how bread should be eaten…soaked in olive oil and sea salt. 

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My dish: Fiocchetti di pera. I need to get this recipe and try it out at home! I left nothing on my plate…and I still wanted more!! I never would have thought of putting pears in a pasta dish. 

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My +1’s dish: This was the restaurant daily dish since the Risotto ai cachiori wasn’t available. But it did not disappoint, very good and spicy! I ended up eating his dish as well. :) 

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Dessert: Cenci e vin santo. It was simple and light. A nice ending for our meal.

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The desserts deserved their post all on its own. 

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First dessert: Picnic in a Basket. :) The cuteness. What’s not to love. 

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The wild berries were both sweet and tart. 

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Oh, the vanilla bean custard. Not too sweet, so smooth and creamy.  

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The waffle was a mille feuille pastry. We assembled the ingredients all together and separately. Either way was delicious. 

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Second dessert: Fine crepe filled with chantilly and orange zest. 

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First and foremost…Reservations! You’ll need to book them 3 months in advance through their website. Once you have them, all you have to do is arrive on time, with an appetite and enjoy! :) 

We were seated at the bar so we had the opportunity to see the chefs prepare the dishes. It was quite interesting how focused they are while they prepare each dish.  

For me, even though I read the menu and the ingredients in each tapa…it was a like a surprise dish each time. It kept you wondering what ingenious way they would prepare it. I think I was gushing and saying “Uuuu’s” and “Aaahhh’s” every time! As each dish arrives, the waiter explains how it was made and how to eat it. 

The manchego cheese airbags. Yum! The “molletes”, steamed brioche. I still dream of it! …and on and on…all of them were delicious. 

It was an unforgettable experience! Definitely we will have to come back again. :)

L'Osteria di Giovanni

I cannot express how much I enjoyed this restaurant…such a delight! I had read stories that said that before opening the restaurant doors the staff would eat dinner together at the center table. Which is exactly how we found them since we arrived 10 minutes before opening time. Nonetheless, we were invited inside. We were guided to our table while they finished their meal and cleaned their table. We were then greeted with a glass of Prosecco and the menus. Afterwards, the waiter arrived with a plate with a piece of slightly toasted bread… He then proceded to pour olive oil over it and added a bit of sea salt. My initial thoughts were “That’s a whole lot of oil!”…little did I know…it was the most exquisite piece of bread drench in olive oil that I have ever had!!! 

We ordered for the appetizer an artichoke mozzarella buffala salad. As expected, it was delicious. We then ordered our main plates which were the ravioli with mushrooms and the spaghetti with meat. Both were excellent. For dessert we ordered the panna cotta with strawberries - it was light and sweet. At the end, they gave us the Vin Santo, a sweet wine, with biscotti’s to dip. I ate it all. :)  

Caffé Gilli
A very elegant restaurant with an old flair feel to it. We stopped here every day for a quick breakfast of coffee and a pastry. It’s very popular with the locals. 
Address: Via Roma 1/R
URL: http://www.gilli.it

Caffé Gilli

A very elegant restaurant with an old flair feel to it. We stopped here every day for a quick breakfast of coffee and a pastry. It’s very popular with the locals. 

'Ino

It’s a small and stylish panini place with an excellent location close to the Uffizi Museum and Ponte Vecchio. It’s great for lunch or a quick snack. 

By far, it’s the best panini place we tried in Florence! Their bread is very delicious and crusty. The first day I had a simple mozzarella pomodoro panini. And for our last day before leaving I had the mozzarella-pomodoro-prioscuitto platter. Both, were simply delicious. 

Gelateria Santa Trinitá

The best gelato we have ever had! We went every day we were in Florence…that’s how good it is.  

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Mi Casa by José Andrés

For my birthday, my honey, took me to Mi Casa which is located at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dorado, Puerto Rico. The menu is José Andrés union of his creativity and take on puertorrican traditional food, but much more refined. 

When we arrived we were directed to the bar area until our table was ready. The restaurant was full with tourists and families presumably staying at the hotel. The hostess arrived and showed us to our table. Shortly after, our waiter came and we ordered drinks: a mojito and a margarita. We had decided to order multiple tapas to try different small plates instead of one dinner plate. 

The tapas we ordered were: 

  1. ‘Churros’ de yuca
  2. Tortilla de patatas ‘new way’
  3. Croquetas de pollo 
  4. Mallorca con hígado de pato y mango 
  5. Coquitos frescos ‘Ferran Adrià’
  6. Ceviche de atún con coco y aguacate ‘Café Atlántico’

I put them in order of preference…if that is possible. The churros, I still dream about them! These were simply spectacular. I’ve had my share of churros…but savory and made of yuca with a hint of lemon, never. They were delicious!

Personally, I didn’t expect the tortillas the way it was presented or made. So creative and delicious! They were beautifully displayed in glass jars. The waited gave us instructions on how to properly enjoy it, which was to mix all the layers together. So different from a regular tortilla española which is a bit dense with the eggs and potatoes. His version was so airy and light. Another scrumptious dish. :) 

His croquetas with béchamel! Wow, crispy on the outside, soft and creamy in the inside. The béchamel sauce would ooze out…yum!

Mallorca is a traditional sweet bread in Puerto Rico. It is usually prepared with ham and cheese and dusted with powdered sugar. José Andrés substituted the ham and cheese with foie gras and mango. I loved it! 

His coquitos were inventive. I loved the concept of the coquitos inside a recently cut coconut. However, it lacked a bit of a kick…

The ceviche was fine, but nothing really spectacular about it. Or maybe the others were just superior! 

For dessert we ordered the Mi Casa. It was a cute shaped chocolate house with a hazelnut icecream. 

It’s a restaurant you have to visit, simply delicious! :) 

  • Address: 100 Dorado Beach Drive Dorado, Puerto Rico

 

Casa Lucio
Yay or Nay? YAY! 
I still dream about Casa Lucio. But, especially their dessert Pan Perdú. We had their “huevos estrellados” for dinner which was fabulous! But, their dessert, well that’s another story.
After dinner the waiter gave us the dessert menu and asked if we wanted to have one…”Ehh, yeah, hello?!!?!!” I had already decided to try the Tarta de Santiago, since so many sites recommended it. So, I told the waiter I wanted to try it. But, he said “nahhh, that’s a bakery cake, you should try the pan perdú that is not on the menu”. I was caught a bit off guard, not sure if he was telling the truth, but accepted. 
When it arrived, well it isn’t a stunning dessert presentation wise. However, it was one of the most delicious desserts I have ever had in my life!!
I’m waiting for my next trip…hopefully we’ll stop by in Madrid! 
Address: 35 Calle Cava Baja Madrid

Casa Lucio

Yay or Nay? YAY! 

I still dream about Casa Lucio. But, especially their dessert Pan Perdú. We had their “huevos estrellados” for dinner which was fabulous! But, their dessert, well that’s another story.

After dinner the waiter gave us the dessert menu and asked if we wanted to have one…”Ehh, yeah, hello?!!?!!” I had already decided to try the Tarta de Santiago, since so many sites recommended it. So, I told the waiter I wanted to try it. But, he said “nahhh, that’s a bakery cake, you should try the pan perdú that is not on the menu”. I was caught a bit off guard, not sure if he was telling the truth, but accepted. 

When it arrived, well it isn’t a stunning dessert presentation wise. However, it was one of the most delicious desserts I have ever had in my life!!

I’m waiting for my next trip…hopefully we’ll stop by in Madrid! 

  • Address: 35 Calle Cava Baja Madrid
Marzipan
Yay or Nay? Ehh, nay.
We took a very early train from Madrid to the city of Toledo. Toledo is another picturesque city which is contained by old city walls. The Alcázar was still closed when we arrived. While we waited for it to open, we walked around and took some pictures.  It seemed that everywhere we looked marzipan was being sold. Well, obviously, searching for deliciousness…I had to try it! We decided for one of the corner restaurants at the Plaza Zocodover. The marzipan was okay, but didn’t love it. I found it to be a bit bland. :( I didn’t venture on to try other flavors…   

Marzipan

Yay or Nay? Ehh, nay.

We took a very early train from Madrid to the city of Toledo. Toledo is another picturesque city which is contained by old city walls. The Alcázar was still closed when we arrived. While we waited for it to open, we walked around and took some pictures.  It seemed that everywhere we looked marzipan was being sold. Well, obviously, searching for deliciousness…I had to try it! We decided for one of the corner restaurants at the Plaza Zocodover. The marzipan was okay, but didn’t love it. I found it to be a bit bland. :( I didn’t venture on to try other flavors…