Florence- Don Fefé, an authentic Italian restaurant

Recommended for their pizza and steaks, Don Fefé was a stone throw away from our airbnb which made it a no brainer for us to have our dinner there on our last night in Florence! As usual, we got there 10 minutes early and were told to wait outside. This was our view for 10 minutes.

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When we finally got in (when you are hungry even 10 minutes feels like eternity), we were led down to the basement where there is more seating space. We placed our orders and they brought out a pistachio cream bread slice on the house. It was so delicious!!

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We really like how everyone around us were local and we were the only foreigner around. The restaurant started filling up really fast and the place got really noisy. There were all types of customers here – the single man who came in for a pizza and beer, the couples and their one kid, group of ladies, and other couples like us. Our favourite dish for the night was the appetizer – deep fried seafood and vegetables. It was so well done that even the vegetables didn’t taste like vegetables!

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We gobbled everything and our mains came as well.

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Google rating: 4.5/5 (50 reviews)
TML’s verdict: Excellent for an authentic local food experience in a slightly upmarket setting – 4/5

Damage: 30 euros per person for a shared appetizer, mains and wine

Address: Via Giuseppe la Farina, 29, 50132 Firenze, Italy
Phone:+39 055 576763

Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 7pm – 12am

Florence – Il Pizzaiuolo

I had one thing in mind when we arrived in Florence – to have my favourite four cheese pizza at a local pizza joint. Needless to say, we were delighted to find pizza heaven in a little hole near the Sant’ Ambrosia market.

Il Pizzaiuolo is a brilliant pizza parlor specialized in Naples-style pizza. Naples-style pizza are baked in a wood-burning oven and are easily recognisable by their high border crust and thin center. I always wish that we get such pizza in Singapore but sadly most authentic Italian restaurant do the skinny pizza thing more often than not.

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We arrived around noon and were told by the staff to come back at 12:30pm. When we got there around 12:30pm, two tables were already seated. Our pizza arrived within 10 minutes after we placed our order and the cheese was still sizzling when the plate arrived. BIG LOVE. While digging into our pizza, we overheard that Beyonce and Jay-Z recently patronised this popular joint to taste the real Neapolitan pizza too 🙂

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I feel hungry just looking at this picture already!!

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Happy me 🙂
Google rating: 4.2/5 (127 reviews)
TML’s verdict: Perfect for an authentic pizza experience in a casual setting – 4/5

Damage: 6-12 euros for a pizza

Address: Via dei Macci, 113, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Phone:+39 055 241171

Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 7pm – 12am

 

Florence – (2) day trip from Milan

After heading to Lake Como on Day 1, we took a train to Florence from Milan Central Station. We stayed in this lovely airbnb at Firenze Campo Di Marte station, which is one stop away from Firenze Santa Marie Novella (the main train station).

Call me biased but I always found Florence really romantic! And we were blessed with brilliant weather and lovely sunsets both days we were there. It’s like the sun painted the sky in magnificent hues of fiery red and crimson! It was so stunning just watching the colours transformed. The city is laid back and there wasn’t much to do since I was back there for the 3rd time in five years. We spent our days walking around leisurely and exploring the familiar streets once again. The highlights below 🙂

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Around Ponte Santa Trinita
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Piazzale Michelangelo

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The good thing about Florence is that everything is within around 20 minutes walking distance – like from our airbnb to the Duomo or from Ponte Santa Trinita to Piazzale Michelangelo.

Time of the Year: We went in the first week of December and the average temperature was around 8 to 12 degrees in the day.

Lake Como – Day trip from Milan

I really love Italy – I love the food, I love how it is so romantic and I love the outlet shopping! I have been to Italy twice, but never in winter. So this time when Charles asked me to join him on his work trip to Italy, I thought about all the good food and being in Florence with him… guess it’s a yes 🙂

We flew into Milan on an early Sunday morning and went to Lake Como on the first day. I did some research on going to Lake Como in December and was a bit hesitant at first as the visibility didn’t look great. But frankly there wasn’t much to do in Milan (we both been there before) and it was a quick and cheap getaway from the city, so why not? Besides, if it’s good enough for celebrities like George Clooney and David Beckham, it’s definitely worth a visit!

Side note: We didn’t drive this trip but it is possible to transport your car between Varenna and Bellagio via the ferry.

From Milan Centrale Station, take a direct train to Varenna-Esino. 
Journey - 1 hour 3 mins (one way)
Cost - 6.70 euros (one way)
You can check the timings and/or book your tickets here

Varenna is so quintessentially Italian! It looks like the replica of those cute little towns in Cinque Terre and those along the Amalfi Coast. Needless to say, it is beautiful (although it looks a bit sleepy in winter with the lack of the summer activities).

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From Varenna, take a ferry to Bellagio. 
Journey - 15 minutes (one way)
Cost - 6 euros (one way)
You can check the timings here

Often called the “Pearl of the Lake”, Bellagio has plenty of picturesque cobbled stairways lined along cosy little shops. Everything about this place was so quaint and we like how it wasn’t too crowded when we were there.

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We got hungry and settled at one of the restaurants for a quick meal before catching the ferry back to Varenna to get our train to Milan.

Yay or nay? If the weather isn’t sunny or at least cloudy in winter, we say don’t bother. Here’s why:

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Bad bad bad visibility! We chose to go when the weather forecast is cloudy but we did enjoy ourselves though.

Will update on Florence and Milan soon.

xxx