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nyc, New York
January 26, 2007
From journal Firenze by the Stomach
blackpool, United Kingdom
August 8, 2004
If you stumbled across it by accident while exploring the Santa Croce neighbourhood, you might be tempted to give it a wide berth. The dark, covered passageway where Antico Noe has been feeding Florentines since the early 16th century is the preferred hangout for a dozen or so (mostly) men who spend the day and evening consuming large quantities of beer and wine straight from the bottle.
Don't be put off. They're quite harmless and keep themselves to themselves. I was living in an apartment in the tiny Piazza San Pier Maggiore overlooking Antico Noe, and while the police dropped by a few times a day for a friendly chat with the winos, there was no trouble in the two months I lived in the neighbourhood.
So visit the hole in the wall and choose from a sandwich menu posted on the wall outside. Or choose whatever you want, because they'll make you a delicious and seriously large panino with whatever ingredients you select.
My first time there I chose from the menu. Grilled chicken stuffed with mortadella and prosciutto and topped with buffalo mozzarella and roasted red peppers. Heaven for just Euro 3.60! I can also highly recommend the roasted porchetta. Ask them to add whatever looks good. There is a fine selection of Tuscan red wines, but the vino della casa is a perfectly good accompaniment for your panino, as is an ice-cold beer.
Locals tend to lean on the bar and gossip with the patrone and his wife, while students and such tourists as get down here tend to spill out onto the pavement.
The owner's jovial wife, a Canadian, is often asked how she ended up here. "Well," she smiles, "I came here for a sandwich one day and liked it so much I married the owner."
Appetite whetted? Vivoli, Florence's most celebrated gelateria, is only a five-minute walk, but even closer, some twenty yards down Borgo degli Albizi, is Vestri, a real chocolate maker serving everything chocolate, including ice cream to rival the very best.
From journal Living and Learning in the Cradle of the Renaissance
los angeles, California
November 25, 2002
From journal 5 Months in Florence
New York City
September 9, 2002
From journal Best Sandwiches In Florence