Destination: Italy: Florence
This old-style trattoria looks like a set from a Zeffirelli movie: barrel-vaulted and candle-lit, with rustic wooden tables, checked tablecloths and waiters of mature age and impressive girth who speak a charming mix of Italian, English and any other language they may overhear you speaking (during a recent dinner, my server spouted nearly flawless French). Located on the left bank of the Arno but within walking distance of most major sites, Angiolino is a good place to try classics like zuppa lucchese (a hearty bean stew), bistecca alla fiorentina, which is served on the rare side, homemade ravioli with sage and butter and biscotti accompanied by a strong Vin Santo. Be sure to order a platter of cured meats and fresh mozzarella as an appetizer. Open daily.
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