Okay, let me be clear. I am by no means a wine snob nor am I an aficionado. What I am is someone that enjoys new experiences and learning as much as possible about things that I enjoy. When I'm in Italy, I enjoy the food and the wine so... this is where my education starts. (More so for the wine than the food of course.) I stumbled onto this place in 2007 with a few friends. We walked in to have just a glass and ended up staying for almost two hours just chatting with the staff and trying different wines. Five years later my wife and I were doing a short tour of Italy and decided to go to Florence for a few days, I walked as though on an invisible leash directly back to the wine bar that I had visited so many years before. Again, this went from "just a glass" to a two hour ordeal. It was awesome. My wife, being a bit of a foodie and enjoying her wine, wanted to take a tour of a vineyard and since these guys deal with some of the smaller vineyards, we decided to ask them where they thought would be the best place to start. Edoardo, immediately pointed out that most of the wine tours in Toscana have the tendency to be very commercialized and well overpriced. You also only get a small portion of food and maybe try 1-3 wines. It's also almost an entire day... At the time Gola E Cantina had a wine-tasting dinner (which they sadly no longer do) that was 8-9 courses and 12-15 wines. It was AMAZING. We were instantly hooked. I ordered a case of wine from a small vineyard that Edoardo told us all about and we're still enjoying it to this day.
Anyway... (digression!!) We returned to Firenze this past week and, of course, stumbled into our favorite little place this time with my brother and sister-in-law in tow. With the other wine-tasting/dinner now gone, Edoardo offered another choice in having dinner with tasting portions scattered throughout. (The previous wine-tasting was four hours long and demanded a lot of time and effort on the part of one of the 3-4 people working in this very popular place.) We went ahead with that plan and it was an awesome choice. I recommend making a reservation as early as possible. We tasted several wines -ranging from sparkling to red- and had four courses of some of the best food I have ever eaten. To start we had a couple of sparkling wines, some soft cheeses and a spread of cured meat. After we tried some very unique whites that will speak for themselves. The second course consisted of two terrines. One was a chicken liver terrine that was nothing short of astounding. The other was pomodoro soup bread topped with a soft cheese that was very different. This course was a nice filler and would work well as an appetizer. Our third course was the asparagus with poached egg. The description is misleading and maybe it's to keep this little gem a secret, because -even though I'm not wild about asparagus- I obliterated this... it's a small jar filled with diced and blended asparagus, fresh parmigiano cheese and a runny, poached egg. This was followed by another course of red wines and en finale... beef tartar topped with shaved parmigiano and a truffle caviar. This course was by far my favorite. The idea of eating raw beef is horrible to some people but believe me when I tell you, this is not just some crappy little cut of meat from your local supermarket. It's a 24-day aged cut that is so tender, it literally melts in your mouth.
In closing I will simply say that you should go for the wine and stay for the food.
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