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    Posted November 7, 2012 by
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    Those crazy Italians

    Osteria dei Pazzi, Florence, Italy – I never come to Firenze without a stop to see the Pazzi. Without fail they have the same gregarious wait staff, the same retired, boisterous, crazy history teacher cooking in the kitchen and the same wonderful, fresh food. Decorated by incongruous hangings from the ceiling and a row of communist-themed vodkas, you can always count on a good time. Their pastas are always seasonal, fresh and soul-warming. Their seafood is among the best I have had. On my last visit they treated me to a rarity – whole octopus, grilled, still containing organs. For those who enjoy offal, an octopus head is a treasure. But don’t stop there… crostini, bruschetta, beef carpaccio, mozzarella buffala, tomatoes, assorted cheeses and cured meats – all wonderful, and just on the edge of the touristy areas of Florence so it is convenient, but not mobbed, nor Americanized. Via dei Lavatoi, 3, 50122 Florence, Italy - photo from
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