Once we were settled in, we hit the sunlit streets. Our landlady recommended a market nearby that sells fresh foods to take home on the bottom floor with a lunch place upstairs. I'd show you a photo of it, but I forgot my camera today. We each chose our own lunch from market/restaurant stalls, but his place is gourmet, sort of like Eatalia in Manhattan.
Molly had fresh pesto pasta, and George order a chicken burger...now, before you start conjuring an image of some sad KFC chicken burger, stop and reimagine a beautifully flavoured chicken patty with a light oily sauce and mixed greens between a fresh thin bun. It looked simple but amazing and when I asked for a bite I couldn't believe how good it was. He quickly ate it but left all the greens on the plate so I decided I'd eat them up. I never would have guessed that the taste of these soggy leftover lettuce leaves would be the best things I'd ever tasted. It was so good that I insisted that everyone else try, then I licked the paper plate dry - gross right? The kids were even embarrassed, but I couldn't waste a drop.
I returned to the restaurant to ask what it was and after some translation I learned it was truffle cream sauce. I explained how I truly loved it, so the lady went to the back and slathered a piece of bread with it for me. With another bite, I was all choked up and teary in Florence. I don't think I've wept over food before.
Now I've had shaved truffles on a salad, truffle oil and truffle flavoured things before, but they were not like this. Apparently, the truffle cream sauce is simply truffle oil, olive oil and parmesan cheese, but I find it hard to believe the flavours came from something so simple.
So here's my advice, come to Florence and get it if you can, or, alternatively, sell your car and use the money to buy bottles of truffle oil and hire someone to teach you how to make the sauce....yes, it was that good!
I'd tell you more about Florence, but - even though some consider it the most beautiful city in the world - it's beauty simple doesn't compare to that of the Truffle cream sauce.