I worship chef Peppe Guida. His restaurant, Osteria di Nonna Rosa, highly rated by the guides, is named for his mother—everyone calls her Nonna Rosa even if she’s not their grandma. She’s his culinary muse. The menu reflects and yet tweaks tradition, focusing intensely on superior local ingredients—cheese, salumi, seafood, spectacular citrus, pasta, homemade bread. I want to eat everything. Peppe is the pasta whisperer, and takes dry pasta to heights few achieve. But my favorite place to dine is at Villa Rosa, the family’s B&B, a farm above Vico Equense.
People ask me all the time where to eat in Florence, the city I call home. Recently someone blogged about ten places to eat incredibly well in Florence. I disagreed with most choices. And found the list somewhat simplistic, impressed with trendy Michelin-starred places, not really what a visitor needs for a few days. So I’ve decided to post my list. It’s slim. Restaurants, lunch suggestions, an enoteca wine bar, pizza and gelato. You fill in the lodging, museums, shopping and strolling.