Saturday, March 27, 2010
Da Nerbone at Florence's Mercato Centrale
That was awesome. We didn't get a chance to check out these lampredotto tripe sandwiches when we were at the market yesterday, so we finally came down here today to stand 292 in the southeastern corner of the market (055-219-949). Tripe might not sound very appetizing to some people, but one dose of that red piccante sauce extinguishes all hesitation. It was almost like a Mexican salsa, and it just lit the thing up - both in terms of heat and fragrance (you could put that stuff on dog food and it would make it taste good). But the tripe was very tender and tasty on its own, easily making this one of the most memorable things I've eaten on this trip thus far.
Actually, they had a lot of other local specialities available today, ranging from artichoke to spinach and even some beef sandwiches whose bread got dipped in its moist juices, similar to French Dip sandwiches in Los Angeles (or Italian Beef in Chicago, which I assume to have no direct relation to these despite the name). We didn't try any of those, but we once again ordered some wild boar pappardelle to see if this shop's version would fare any better than stuff from the past two days. And it did; there was hardly any tomato while the meat was a bit more tender (and the cheese helped provide a lot of richness). Good stuff - the energy and lack of space to eat around this stall made this all the more a unique local experience.
Digested at 12:58 PM
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