On this blog we have often been talking about Tuscan cuisine. After all we are in Florence! Nevertheless, we can no longer ignore the food that made Italy famous worldwide: pizza. Whenever our guests ask where they can eat a good pizza in town, we always suggest Pizzeria Caffè Italiano.
Born as an extension of Osteria del Caffè Italiano (a restaurant serving typical Tuscan cuisine), Pizzeria Caffè Italiano is located at the ground floor of a splendid medieval palace in Via Isola delle Stinche, just a few steps from the Verdi Theatre and the historic Vivoli ice cream parlor. The lack of flashy signs and the common entrance reflect the spirit of the place. Pizzeria Caffè Italiano, in fact, rely much more on substance than on form. To begin with, reservations are not accepted. The only way to enjoy the excellent pizza prepared by Vincenzo (a true Neapolitan) is to go there and wait for a table. Luckily enough, the wait usually do not last more than 10-15 minutes. Inside, there is room for around 12 peole (but, if necessary, customers are accommodated at the nearby restaurant), and the gaze is attracted by a giant wood-burning oven.
At first glance, the choice of dishes may seem limited. In fact, there are only three pizzas on the menu: Margherita (tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese), Marinara (tomato sauce, garlic, oregano) and Napoli (tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, capers, anchovies). This choice, as a matter of fact, comes from a precise reflection. Pizzeria Caffè Italiano aims at tracking the origins of the Neapolitan tradition, by valuing pizza’s basic ingredients as nourishing and tasty food in itself. Too often in the past, pizza has been reduced to a mere support base, where one could stuff ingredients of all sorts (from pineapple to eggs!).
Once you’ll have tasted Vincenzo’s pizza, we are sure that you too will feel he was right: the soft dough (thick, according to the Neapolitan tradition), the fragrant tomato and the delicious mozzarella will make you appreciate the taste of simplicity!
Pizzeria Caffè Italiano is located in Florence, Via Isole delle Stinche 13 red, and is open daily from 12:30 to 15:00 and 19:00 to 23:00