Having taken the precaution of reviewing vegetarian restaurants on Tripadvisor before our arrival in Florence, we found ourselves at BRAC on via dei Vagellai not far from the Uffizi Gallery. The shuttered door on this simple back street with the number 18 in red (In Florence businesses are labelled in red, while residences are marked in blue) was the only indication that a business lay beyond. The metal shutter gave no hint of our journey to come upon entering this portal into a new world of sensory delight.
The expansion into a Tardis like space filled with artistic interest and comfort at every turn with its interior made from everyday items mixed on a palate of invitation and genuine artistic consideration propelled us into a desire to rummage through the organic jumble to see and test our levels of inquisitiveness. The collection of books, records and furniture covered by a courtyard of raining ribbons, only served to prepare us for this home’s true resident, an equalled vegetarian dining experience.
We gave ourselves willingly over to Sasha, the owner and our chef for the night to choose our meal, only deciding on white wine and rice for Dee and italian beer and pasta for me. the resulting meal was truly memorable with BRAC’s unique approach to dining. I will not spoil your potential journey of discovery, only to explain that the meal consisted of three separate dishes on each of our plates. Each dish made using a wealth of cooking knowledge and love of food, Tuscan subtle flavours interlaced with spices and heat to test and tease our palates. We would have been content with each dish on its own, however the combination of changing flavours and encouraged plate sharing only added to prolong our delightful culinary journey. We followed our mains with a shared dessert, which sweetness acted to soften our palates. The journey was completed by a sweet and strong espresso, as all good meals should.
As a committed vegetarian for over 26 years, I and we both can say with all honesty that this was the best vegetarian meal we have ever had. don’t take our word for it, try BRAC for yourselves or add this florentine experience to your vegetarian bucket list. Do yourselves, Sasha and his team a favour by pre-booking and by understanding the unique challenges of a restaurant with only eight tables has. As for us? We are left to try and reconcile the opening of a vegetarian Pandora's box that our meal at BRAC has created, but one we truly grateful to have found.
Who would have known that in modern day Florence, a city renown for over a thousand years for its great art and great artists, that true artistic brilliance still flourishes in the back streets of Florence. Dominic& Denise, Wiltshire, UK
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