Food Food Food!
I stumbled upon this place when I was looking for the San Lorenzo market, which was recommended in one of those Florence tour books (so touristy, I know. Hey I gotta get around somehow!) The San Lorenzo market was a bit of a disappointment for me, as I was expecting something quirky and unique, it just reminded me of NYC street fairs (kinda see the same things over and over again.)
Anyway, enough with the negativity and back to il Mercato Centrale. The food court is located on the second floor. I found it to be extremely spacious, the food stations are wonderful, and there are plenty of seats even when it’s prime meal time (which is quite unusual). The fact that I could find a seat during peak lunch time, really impressed me… because as much as I love good food, I can only handle so much of a crowd before I deem it not worth the agita (people really do test my patience sometimes. Hey, I’m human). There is also a small Eatly shop, a cooking school, and even a piano on which you can sit and play! On the first floor there is an actual market, I didn’t get a chance to pop in but I hear it’s equally as nice as what I saw on the upper floor.
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to sit and enjoy a view of the statue of David 😉
My first evening in Florence, I had a glass of Chianti (my favorite, and I hear it’s of the region so I had to try it). After realizing the hangry was creeping in, I was on the hunt for food. Of course, out of all the food I could have see, naturally my eyes wandered to the prosciutto balls. I did not regret it, in fact I went back and got two more.
I returned a second time for lunch, (since it was close to my hotel) and had a truffle pasta, while my friend had a caprese pizza (fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil.) We both left with very happy food babies.