Foreign Food Fridays: Florence, Italy (cont)12

Posted on September 10, 2010 by ChristieForeign Food Fridays, Restaurants, Travel Stories

I can’t believe it’s Friday again so soon! Where did this week go?

Last week’s edition of Foreign Food Fridays was the best panna cotta of my life. But I got a bit ahead of myself.

As promised, here’s the meal we ate before the panna cotta. As you’ll see, we could have really done without dessert, but I’m glad I went for it. No regrets.

Above is my entree of mozarella burrata with fresh truffles. Served just like that and hoovered up by me in less than 3.2 seconds. Well, not really, but that’s what I wanted to do…

Dillon ordered the fried zucchini flowers. I love the way they were served on the brown paper to soak up excess oil. The Italians really know how to pare back presentation to the bare necessities and really make a dish thoroughly enjoyable.

The flowers had been perfectly fried and drained so they were crisp and not overly oily at all. The liberal sprinkling of salt really heightened the flavour and was refreshing as I find people are so scared to salt things properly these days.

Again, Dillon’s awesome choice of boar ragu with pappardelle. I never got sick of ordering pasta in Italy and then being served fresh handmade pasta. No packet stuff, ever! It was heavenly.

I expected the ragu to be braised and shredded meat but it turned out to be mince and more like a bolognese. No complaints though, absolutely divine (of the small amount I tasted).

My choice of wild boar with polenta was fantastic. The polenta was smooth, creamy and buttery and the boar practically collapsed upon being set eyes on. Although it was great, I still wanted my own plate of the ragu.

Yes, and after all that we shared a panna cotta draped in chocolate sauce. Click here to take a look.

If you’re ever in Florence, Italy, I urge you to seek out Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco (Tavern of the White Boar). I’d love to be back there right now and eat this entire meal again (and more!).

Have a great weekend, Christie x

  • noms. look at the first pic!!!

  • Christie;) it warms my soul to read! I adore the white boar restaurant—it was one of our favorite dinners while we lived in Florence (last year). If you want recipes for wild boar ragu and polenta, well, while I was abroad with my family it was all about cooking the best of Florence! So: http://www.talkoftomatoes.com/2010/01/23/wild-boar-sauce-cinghiale-ragu/

    and

    http://www.talkoftomatoes.com/2009/12/28/how-to-make-polenta/

    Yummy!

    • Thanks Janelle! Jealous that you got to live in Florence, must have been heaven!

  • Dillon

    Ah man, that Ragu! Words fail me. Too good.

  • Mmm I love everything! Have you tried Paessanella’s burrata darling? Mmm that is heaven! :D

  • You have some of my favourite foods here Christie! Oh! that wild boar ragu!

  • I love the sound of the zucchini flowers. You’re so right, people do need to salt properly. If you use it properly and use the right type, like proper flakes, it adds so much to the product, without being dangerous to your sodium levels.

  • What tasty Italian top dishes!! thanks for sharing with us, Christie!!

    the food looks fabulous,…MMMMMMMM!!

  • I thought the mozzarella was a dessert! It looks like ice cream with honey & chocolate shavings.

    I have gotten started in my garden & I can’t wait to have zucchini flowers at home

  • Black truffles, I’m going to have to take my daugher there, she loves truffles. Now I have a new place to try the next time we’re in Florence. Grazie!

  • The fried zucchini flowers look amazing. One of my favorites. I also like to make the flowers with potatoes in a soup.

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