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RESTAURANT OMERO
FLORENCE, ITALY

This turned out to be an outstanding dining experience.  From our downtown hotel, our cab driver drove up very narrow, winding roads to get to Restaurant Omero on a hilltop overlooking Florence.  The twinkling lights down below on the way to the restaurant were really pretty.  I guess you could say that this is a fairly well established neighborhood because I'm told that Galileo used to live just down the street from the restaurant!  It's a short fifteen minute drive from downtown Florence.


Entrance With Wonderful Meats Hanging Overhead - Very Aromatic

You enter Restaurant Omero through a little deli type market.  Parma hams hang from the ceiling.  There is a small selection of fresh fruit, several different varieties of olives and a nice selection of cheeses.

Once seated they bring a little bowl of the most incredibly wonderful green olives that I have ever tasted.  These alone made the trip worthwhile.  It's hard to describe their flavor but they were lightly cured and had a rich, fruity, nutty taste.  It was like a squirt of the finest extra virgin olive oil with each bite.  Incredible! 


Pleasant Dining At Omero

This place was recommended to us for steak.  Prior to this trip, I didn't associate Italy with fine beef but boy was I wrong.   Florence is famous for "bistecca alla fiorentina" or, Florence beefsteak. This stuff is considered to be really special because it comes from a breed of cattle called chianana, a breed initially raised for the ancient Romans and Etruscans and used in pagan sacrifices.  I ordered the large t-bone and in broken English our waiter asked me if I liked it "red."  Red means rare and I gave him the thumbs up sign.  This two inch thick slab of beef was one of the finest I've ever devoured.  And it was cooked over a live charcoal fire.  Cooked rare, this thing just melted in your mouth.  A pasta dish always proceeds a meal in Tuscany and I chose pappardelle with wild boar sauce.  It was very, very good.  My wife chose fried chicken for her main meal and was disappointed saying it was really a scrawny little runt of a bird.  For some reason in Italy, chickens do tend to run small and skinny.

If you love olives and/or steak, you will absolutely love this place.

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OTHER RESTAURANT REVIEWS FROM ITALY:

Alfredo's - Rome
Do Forni - Venice
Harry's Bar - Veince
La Caravella - Venice
La Carbonara - Rome
La Favorita - O'Parrucchiano - Sorrento
La Piazzetta De La Ville - Rome
Ristorante Panaramico - Sorrento
Zi'Antonio - Sorrento


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