We were leaving the Uffizi Galery in Florence when we saw a horde of people sitting wherever they could to eat a huge sandwich glutinously. So we followed the line and ended up in front of All’Antico Vinaio, a popular sandwich shop that had, the same week, a pop up in New York, in front of Otto Enoteca. Opened in 1991, this place serves sandwiches made with a bread that is baked during the day, and prepared to order.
Looking at them preparing the sandwiches makes your mouth water: the crispy bread, shiny from the olive oil on its crust is split in few pieces before being opened and filled with whatever ingredients you chose. Most of the choices have meat in it, but, like Jodi did, you can ask for a vegetarian version. I also noticed that many had truffle cream that I decided to skip, worried that it would overpower the whole thing. Mine was La Summer: prosciutto Toscano, Mozzarella di bufala, tomato, basil, vinegar and olive oil.
The sandwich was slightly warm with a generous amount of cheese and meat, and the first bite was divine, all the ingredients tasting fresh, and the basil adding an incredible flavor. And that bread! I would just eat it like this.
The only problem was that it was big and I could not finish it, the hot weather not helping my appetite. Still, I devoured most of it and was amazed by the cost: only 5 Euros (for the pop up in NY, it was $14). Definitely, if we go back to Florence, we will have to go back there. I just drooled.
Enjoy (I sure did)!
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All’Antico Vinaio - Via dei Neri, 76 R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy