Pizza in Florence: old friends and new ones
In the last years I have been showing my clients the cute village of San Donato in Poggio, a small hilltop town where the medieval architecture is still intact and where the community is always smiling and keeping the village spotless.
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During one of my several walks through the town I met a great guy, Giovanni Santarpia, a pizzaman originally from Campania region who worked for several years in the local restaurant "Palazzo Pretorio".
A hard working guy who brought the real neapolitan pizza in the Chianti area, who won awards and who conquered the clients' heart and mouth , and among those clients there is me.
I ate his pizza several times and I always regretted that the village was not close enough to my house to allow me to go there more often.
The story changed cause today December the 17th Giovanni Santarpia is opening his own business, his pizza place in Florence and I have been slow enough to find out that I can't go there tonight cause the pizzeria is fully booked! Anyway I will go visit him in the new location very soon.
The pizzeria has a giant sign with his name on it and it will be easy to find in my opinion also because it is in the Sant'Ambrogio Market area where every weekend at least florentines, students and some tourists as well are enjoying some of the best restaurants and pizzeria which opened in the last years enriching an area of Florence which is now very cool and trendy.
|Closed on Tuesday|
I have to mention that around Giovanni's pizzeria there is the very popular Teatro del Sale, Il Cibreo, Le Carceri and Il Pizzaiuolo.
|Closed on Sunday|
Some of my clients have already enjoyed this last one, a small hole in the wall pizza place where the owner is originally from Calabria, my home region, and it goes without saying that so far they all loved his pizza.
Anyway from today on I bet the choice and my choice will be more difficult so I will be recommending both just in case one or the other is fully booked!
To be fair I want to mention that if you are staying near Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Via Tornabuoni and the Duomo area maybe you can easily reach the Oltrarno area (west bank of the Arno river) where you cannot avoid having pizza at O' Munaciello, a place which offers great first and second courses as well, in an elegant but informal atmosphere of an old monastery.
|Open 7 days a week|
It goes without saying that a city like Florence has other pizzerias anyway those are the ones I personally tried and I can recommend them with no doubts and their style is the one I like the best: the locals go there.
Now it is your pizza time, go there and try one....
After if you are interested in a pizza lesson to learn and to have fun let me know and contact me through www.cooltours.it