Restaurant: La Cantinetta Antinori
Location: Florence, Italy
Date: June 17, 2011
Cuisine: Modern Tuscan
Rating: Slick and tasty
On our first trip to Florence (we went thrice) we met up with an Italian friend and her family and they brought us to the Antinori wine empire’s casual enoteca, where they combine slick modernized Tuscan food with a large selection of excellent wines.
Panzanella. Traditional Tuscan salad of soaked stale bread, tomato, basil, onions, olive oil.
Taglierini agli scampi freschi. Thin noodles with tomato, basil, garlic and you guessed it, a giant crayfish creature.
Fagioli. Tuscan fava beans and olive oil.
Sea bass, capers, sun dried tomatos, potatoes.
This was a nice place. Not radical, not staid. Fitting of a hot spot in Florence, it’s basically traditional Tuscan fare with 10% modernization. Given the quality of the ingredients and the base cuisine, this is more than enough for a great meal.