Friday, February 24, 2012

Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolo: Florence, Italy

Our first proper meal in Florence was at an Osteria near to the apartment we stayed at: Osteria Antica Mescita.

It was charmingly cozy with only about 4 tables inside and a few more outside.

Since we had not yet enjoyed any alcohol, we opted for a bottle of their house red.  This was not what I expected.  There was a strong sweetness with a heavy grape flavor and a strong alcohol body to it.  In full disclosure, my better half is a relative light-weight when it comes to alcohol, so when we do go for a full bottle of wine, I end up drinking the majority and tend to get somewhat tipsy.

Fettuccine con Sugo di Cinghale (Fettuccine with wild boar sauce)
Wild boar had been stewed until it was quite tender - very tasty.  I wish the Fettuccine could have been a it more al dente, since it's kind of hard to tell fresh pasta from dried pasta when it's fully cooked.  Sauce was not too oily or heavy.

Lampredotto (Bollito o con funghi porcini) (Intestine)
Ooh boy, a fairly strong smell of intestines emitted from this dish, but it tasted more like thinly sliced fatty beef slices in a stew.  Well done comfort food.

This was like a very light strawberry short cake.  Ricotta cheese over strawberries and a cakey layer, topped with pistachios.  Very nice way to finish off the meal

Specials menu

Not a mind blowing meal, but certainly a pleasant one, particularly the dessert.

Osteria Antica Mescita

Via di San Niccolò, 60r 50125 Firenze (Map)
055 234 28 36

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