Upon arriving in the San Lorenzo market. The smell of pasta, fagioli (kidney beans), paninis, ribolitta (Famous Tuscan soup made with leftover bread and inexpensive vegetables), meat, bread and veggies in gravy filled my nostrils. As I continue through,there are fresh flowers, budding and colorful, my scents shifting from warm, salty gravy to a delicate light air. Across from flowers are pink and red meats being chopped. Olives soaking in oil and herbs, blocks and rounds and triangles of thick cheese, and rabbits lined up under the glass, with their little arms extended in the air, paws tied, as if the are begging. A Chinese baby is fast asleep with cherry blushed cheeks, a midst the chill air he is still able to sleep, a midst the hustle and bustle of the shoppers, and the vendors screaming to try their samples of prosciutto and crackers. The air is cold even by the hot meals, and I wonder whether I should order a piece of meat… maybe even a fegatto vitello or tripe ( liver of calf or cows stomach lining.) JUST KIDDING.
My favorite part of the market is the dried fruits, looking all pretty in their separated wicker baskets; dried kiwi, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, apricots, banana chips, mango, and ginger. Coconut shavings like long, thick snowflakes glistening with sugar against the neon green of the kiwi.
Ashley’s “Current Trends in Italian Cuisine” professor mentioned that that Market is one of the best places to eat in Florence. We have yet to eat there, but I am positive it will be fantastic based off of the delightful aroma that whispers its way through our noses as we walk around.
Here is a recipe for Giada’s Robillita soup! My mom has a few of her Italian cooking books , not sure if this recipe is in one of them- but the soup sounds super yummy ❤