What made them memorable? Ambience, Elegance and Tranquility. The Tuscan cuisine was delicious, but we were intoxicated by the sheer ambience (romance in the air) that made them so extraordinary to Mr. King and me.
La Loggia – As many travellers know, the most breath-taking views of Florence is on the hilltops of Fiesole, especially where the home of La Loggia Restaurant – Villa San Michele – resides.
“Dating from the 15th century, the Villa’s facade is attributed to Michelangelo. Step inside and you experience the ethereal beauty and solitude of a Renaissance monastery that is as much a part of Italy’s culture as the country’s greatest cathedrals and galleries.” (http://www.belmond.com/villa-san-michele-florence)
Mr. King and I arrived earlier for sunset at about 6pm, and zipped our cocktails at the La Loggia arched terrace, which had a stunning view of Florence. I highly suggest that any diner at La Loggia make time to have either an aperitif or digestive before or after dinner on this most scenic terrace.
Enoteca Pinchiorri – If a luxury dining experience is what you are seeking, the 3-Michelin star Enoteca Pinchiorri offers exactly that – outstanding Tuscan cuisine and impeccable wines in the heart of Florence. When we first visited in 2002, we found everyone from maître d’ to waiters very friendly. It almost felt like a family restaurant, but with opulence and finesse.
The beautiful baroque décor makes it quaint and romantic. The cuisine has evolved over the past decade or so, but the chef’s standards are high – hence making it the recipient of 3 Michelin stars.
All photos were taken by Mrs. King.