Second Tuscan restaurant

Second Tuscan restaurant

[Sept. 2021]On the second day in Florence, Italy, we had a reservation for lunch at a restaurant called Antico Ristoro di Cambi.

the reflections on Arno River and a canoe rower
beautiful scene of Arno River

We have lunch as our main meal of the day, as long as circumstances permit.

When I came to Florence when I was young, I remember eating well day and night, but these days it’s impossible.

Therefore, we eat the most delicious food once a day.

This Antique Ristoro di Cambi is located just off the centre of the old town, the south side of Ponte Amerigo Vespucci, the third bridge from Ponte Vecchio to the west.

We walked from the hotel near Ponte Vecchio.

Arno River and a bridge
a bridge over Arno River

When we crossed Ponte Santa Trinita and walked along the south side of the Arno River, the building on the opposite bank was beautifully reflected on the water.

It was a worthwhile view to take photos.

After that, we found the restaurant on the street at the foot of Ponte Amerigo Vespucci called via Sant’Onofurio.

We found this restaurant online, but it’s also listed in our old guidebook, which says it’s a restaurant that the Cambi family has been running since the 1940s.

the chicken liver bruschetta of the Florentine restaurant, Antico Ristoro di Cambi
delicious bruschetta

The atmosphere was more casual than the restaurant we went to the day before, and at least for lunch you do not have to dress up.

For the starter, I chose a chicken liver bruschetta.

The taste was not too strong and I liked it.

My husband ate Pappa Col Pomodoro as the starter.

This is a kind of stew of bread and tomatoes.

Pappa Col Pomodoro of the Florentine restaurant, Antico Ristoro di Cambi
Pappa Col Pomodoro, the speciality in Florence

It is said that it is a Florentine dish originally developed to reuse old bread, and because it became the subject of a drama, it even has a song.

This was the first time for my husband to eat this.

It’s bread and tomatoes, so you can imagine the taste, and her husband seemed to like it.

My main dish was zucchini flowers filled with minced meat.

I chose it because it was a rare menu.

the stuffed zucchini flowers of the Florentine restaurant, Antico Ristoro di Cambi
very nice stuffed zucchini flowers

It was delicious, but the unique taste of zucchini flowers was subtle as the sauce was tomato based.

My husband’s main was Cod in Livorno style.

Cod is my husband’s favorite, but this one was apparently a little too salty.

My dessert was an apple pie and custard cream, and my husband chose custard and biscuits with the local liqueur  called English soup.

the coffee of the Florentine restaurant, Antico Ristoro di Cambi
coffee was made with Moka Pot

Here they served coffee made in a Moka Pot, which is unusual.

With the addition of one bottle of Chianti Reserva, the total cost was € 104.

I was satisfied that I enjoyed the foods I could eat only here.

There was something dignified about our waiter and I thought he could be the owner, but he was not very sociable.

the outside view of the Florentine restaurant, Antico Ristoro di Cambi
the outside of the restaurant

It’s not unfriendly or unkind, but it’s probably his specialty.

By the way, the building of this restaurant is said to have been a stable of a local aristocrat, but before that, it used to be a monastery from before the 5th century.