I love food, but I am not one of those people who will eat anything.
I don’t take some perverse pleasure in enjoying the weirdest edible I come across.
But I am someone who will TRY to eat anything. I ate bugs in Mexico City. (Some were ok. Some made me want to lose it on the floor on the market).
You know, the usual.
So I knew I might not enjoy lampredotto, but I was determined to TRY.
Heading to Florence as a day trip from Rome on a Sunday of all days – I was looking for a great place to eat lampredotto that would still be open at a time of week when many shops close.
Da’ Vinattieri came highly recommended and is only a few minutes walk from the Duomo.
Spying all the customers tucked into the archway where Da Vinattieri is located assured me that we had made the right choice.
I readied my money (€4) but started to waiver as I watched the preparation and thought about what I was getting myself into.
Lampredotto is cow’s stomach.
And when you watch the preparation – as the slow simmered meat is removed from the pot and sliced, before being salted and topped with red pepper – well, it looks like cow stomach.
Maybe I shouldn’t have told you.
Maybe I shouldn’t have been told myself.
Because it tastes good.
It tastes slowly cooked, with plenty of seasoning, on warm and saucy bread.
But the texture?
Da’ Vinattieri (Via Santa Margherita, 4/R) has a much broader menu if you don’t feel like testing your culinary luck.