Gourmet food off the beaten track
Some of the best gourmet experiences in Florence are to be found way off the tourist radar; chef Beatrice Segoni's superb food is a case in point. Part gourmet deli, part 'gastro-bistrot and wine bar', elegant Convivium is located in an eastern suburb of the city, but don't let that put you off. Segoni is one of the most respected chefs cooking in Florence today and her menus showcase fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced produce which is prepared with the minimum of fuss, allowing the ingredients to speak for themselves: flavours are decisive and dishes are based on regional traditions. Segoni hails from the coastal region of Le Marche, so fish and seafood play an important role in her cooking. I loved the delicate ravioli stuffed with baccalà (salt cod) and served on a chick pea purée and her signature 'brodetto', a kind of fish stew. But there's plenty of choice for carnivors too: pappardelle pasta dressed with wild boar and olive sauce and slow-braised veal cheek with wine-poached pears, for example. Lunchtime menus are a little more casual, but at dinner, you can push the boat out for a celebration meal with a great bottle of wine from the 1,000-strong list. Convivium is just a short taxi ride from the Ponte Vecchio.
By Nicky Swallow, AFAR Local Expert
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