"We had a nice surprise, on our..." Florence Restaurant Tip by Sergiuz
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<BR>We had a nice surprise, on our way to Florence on New Year's day, when the lunch hour arrived as we were wandering through the enchanting Chianti hills. There, just on the top of a sweetly ascending hill, we found this nice typical restaurant.<BR>
Its name is <B><FONT COLOR=BLUE>La sosta del Papa</B></FONT> (<EM>literally: '<B>The Pope's stop</B>'</EM>), and borrows its curious name from a real historical fact: it was just in this tavern that <B>Pope Pius VII</B>, in 1815, made a break to refresh himself while on his way to Rome.<BR>
<BR>This restaurant is outstanding for its definitely being <B><EM><FONT COLOR=GREEN>off the beaten path</FONT></B></EM> - it was a mere chance to lead us there, as I said above: nevertheless, we found the <B>genuine tuscan cooking tradition</B> combined with a truly <B>discreet service</B> in a <B>relaxing atmosphere</B>. Be prepared to spend hours sitting around the table, not at all for the staff's delay, but just for your pleasure...
The restaurant has a garden which provides a great
<FONT COLOR=GREEN><B>panoramic view</FONT></B> all over the surrounding Chianti hills, and there's a large private car park for guests.<BR><FONT COLOR=BROWN><EM>(To be continued below)</FONT></EM><BR>
Favorite Dish: <BR>The restaurant serves traditional courses - as a matter of fact, its slogan is '<B>tuscan cuisine in the heart of Chianti area</B>' - such as the <B><FONT COLOR=BLUE>'ribollita'</B></FONT> (a dish of legumes soup poured on home-baked bread), various types of steaks, fresh beans in olive oil, porcini mushrooms, lamb chops, etc...
The house also offers an excellent <B><FONT COLOR=BLUE>Chianti wine</B></FONT>, the best mate - you know - for these courses :-))<BR>
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