La Menagere Il concept-restaurant fuori dall’ordinario da vivere giorno e notte

L’allestimento e il design sono decisamente curati creando un ambiente piacevolmente informale in cui convivono un’ottima cucina a vista, coloratissimi fiori e ricercati accessori di design per la casa, oggetti vintage e musica dal vivo. Infatti La Menagere si trova in uno storico palazzo in via de’ Ginori 8/r, nel cuore antico di Firenze, negli stessi spazi in cui nel 1896 era nato il primo negozio cittadino di casalinghi nel quale le signore fiorentine di fine ottocento potevano trovare tutto l’occorrente per la casa e la tavola.

Natale è… l’Oltrarno un mese di festa a Firenze

Firenze si veste a festa per il santo Natale e passeggiando per il centro della città si incontrano tante iniziative nelle quali ci immergiamo completamente nell’atmosfera natalizia. Dopo il debutto, durante il ponte dell’Immacolata, “Natale è… Oltrarno” è certamente un appuntamento da non perdere nel cuore pulsante di Firenze. Tantissime le iniziative per grandi e piccoli, immersi in un’atmosfera gioiosa e con il sottofondo musicale tipico delle feste. Nel “Villaggio di Babbo Natale” in Piazza del Carmine, passeggiamo tra mercatini, giostre, libri, giocattoli, gustose proposte gastronomiche e una fantastica pista di pattinaggio sul ghiaccio che sorprende davvero quando te la trovi proprio in mezzo al centro storico! In via Maggio proseguono mostre e appuntamenti culturali, mentre nella vicina Piazza Santo Spirito non manca di certo l’intrattenimento musicale.

Lorenzo de’ Medici Restaurant & Pizzeria

The Lorenzo de’ Medici Restaurant is the ideal place to try traditional Florentine dishes or Pizza clocked in the wood-fired oven. The perfect place for tourist groups, business dinner, meetings or private dining. Every Wednesday night cocktail party, 5 € only for students, and every thursday night free champagne and 20% discount for ladies. Free buffet. The Lorenzo de Medici restaurant has recently been awarded certifications to provide good service to those suffering from celiac disease. Lorenzo de Medici offers traditional Tuscan dishes served in rustic rooms or a nice outdoor dining area.

Vinsanto The wine of friendship

Vinsanto has legendary origins that date back to the beginning of Christianity describing an especially pure wine suitable for the consecration in the Holly Mass ritual. It is said that during the Council of Florence commissioned by Pope Eugenio I in 1439 in order to discuss the unity of the Western Church with the Eastern one, among the seven hundred Greek high priests present there was also humanist Cardinal Bessarion, who, during a banquet, after tasting a sweet, amber colored wine, enthusiastically exclaimed: “this is the wine of Xantos” (referring to the Greek island where the wine was produced from dried grapes). The guests and butlers interpreted his statement “Sanctus” as a compliment for the excellency of their Tuscan wine.

Florence’s Christmas markets

The month of December is a wonderful time to visit the most beautiful Christmas markets in Florence. Whether you are looking for Christmas presents, or just want to hear the soothing sound of Christmas carols while admiring the beautifully decorated wooden stalls, the city offers a great selection of open-air Christmas markets. Starting December 2nd,Weihnachtsmarkt, the beloved German Christmas market will be set up in Piazza Santa Croce, recreating a traditional Christmas village, with wooden chalets and spectacular decorations. More than 50 exhibitors will display hand-made holiday items as well as gingerbread, hot steaming wine brulé and freshly baked cinnamon strudels. The Christmas market will be open every day from 10 am until 8 pm and it will end on December 20.

Great excitement for Bite Into Florence

The initiative BITE INTO FLORENCE organized by Florence’s Chamber of Commerce, successfully continues with the promotion of typical DOP and IGP products among the foreign students that frequent the universities for foreigners in Florence. There are five schools that already accepted the proposal of the Chamber, realized in collaboration with the Consortium for the protection of wines Chianti and Chianti Classico and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Toscano IGP. The tasting sessions realized in the last few months led by professional olive oil tasters and sommeliers, have enabled students of Richmond University, New York University, Florida State University, James Madison University and Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, to learn more about two local products of the Florentine territory, the oil and the wine. During the tastings, and with the help of slides and films, practical information were given to the foreign students on how to distinguish the positive and the negative characteristics of the products, in order to understand the information on the labels, what they mean, for example, the name “reserve” or “bottled at the source”; more than that the students are also given flyers with more information about the cultivation of the product and its varieties. So, a series of “instructions” are given out in order to allow the student to appreciate these products without abuse, particularly when it comes to alcohol products.

Florence Olive Oil Festival

Olio nuovo, or “new olive oil”, is Tuscany’s end-of-year prize. Unlike wine, where longevity is associated with prestige, olio nuovo is best right off the branch, crushed and consumed immediately. Every year farmers all across Tuscany hand-pick thousands of mature olives from their fattorias, and the trees, freed of their heaviness can finally rise and sway with the expectancy of the Florence Olive Oil Festival on Sunday, November 15. Held at Piazza Santo Spirito, from 9 am to 7 pm, the festival is free, and there are countless stands offering Tuscany’s finest seasonal goods: olive oil of course, but also honey, wine, organic produce, and more. As for the olive oil itself, new oil is spicy, earth-like, and dripping with an unexpected honey lily-pad sweetness.

In this issue Florence is … Novembre - Decembre 2015

Exactly two year have passed since the first issue of Florence is You! published in its printed form on December 2013, and how much it has changed since then... Browsing the printed issues that have followed, with my dear friend and our patient graphic designer Manuela, we smile when we are surprised to use the same expression, which, referring to the newspaper, basically seems to say “it has changed so much”. And it is true, because Florence is You! was brought up lovingly by our hands, our ideas, our will, and is the result of the devotions of so many people: our writers and collaborators who do their best to accomplish all that is needed to make the newspaper more and more rich in content and new proposals; readers and friends that have contacted us to receive Florence is You! and it is thanks to their precious suggestions that we are now distributing it in more than 400 places; our partners, some of whom have been with us on this adventure since the beginning and that have immediately shown great faith sustaining what has become “our newspaper” and deciding to tell their stories through its pages.

Fratelli Cuore Il nuovo Caffè – Ristorante aperto h24 che nobilita un angolo della Stazione Santa Maria Novella all'insegna del fast-good

“Non posso che accogliere con grande piacere l’iniziativa di aprire un ristorante in un angolo fino ad ora abbandonato della stazione Santa Maria Novella” ha commentato il Sindaco Dario Nardella. “Un ristorante di qualità che resterà aperto tutte le notti – ha aggiunto - ridando vitalità e riqualificando una zona importante della nostra città. Bravi gli imprenditori che hanno avuto l'intelligenza e il coraggio di investire proprio qui”. Il concept studiato è semplice e perfetto per il target di un “non luogo” come una stazione ferroviaria: pasta, pizza, griglia e caffè; sono le materie prime a fare la differenza, di alta qualità, il tutto arricchito da una location funzionale ma “elegante” senza sconvolgere gli equilibri degli spazi originali.

Lorenzo de’ Medici Restaurant and Pizzeria

The Lorenzo de’ Medici Restaurant is the ideal place to try traditional Florentine dishes or Pizza clocked in the wood-fired oven. The perfect place for tourist groups, business dinner, meetings or private dining. Every Wednesday night cocktail party, 5 € only for students, and every thursday night free champagne and 20% discount for ladies. Free buffet. The Lorenzo de Medici restaurant has recently been awarded certifications to provide good service to those suffering from celiac disease. Lorenzo de Medici offers traditional Tuscan dishes served in rustic rooms or a nice outdoor dining area.

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