The most delicious weekend of the year is upon us as the Stazione Leopolda prepares for Pitti Immagine’s annual food and lifestyle fair, Taste.
In the lead up to the main festival and even after the exhibitors have left town, many venues are hosting their own events for Fuori di Taste, an annual series of related initiatives around Florence. The public can take part in many of these tasty events for a small fee or even for free. Here are some highlights!
*La Marzocco Fuori di Taste
An all-day event of coffee-themed presentations and tastings. Free admission.
When: March 11, 10am–8pm
Where: Terrace of Ristorante Tosca at the Mercato Centrale, piazza del Mercato Centrale
*Italy is served!
Venture to Vinoutlet to indulge in cold cuts from Salumi Cervellera, paired with Pugliese red wines. Still thirsty? Sample Lambrusco from the Lini910 label, Almond ’22 craft beers and a special Chianti Classico variety available exclusively at Vinoutlet. Free admission.
When: March 12 and 13, 4–8pm both days
Where: Vinoutlet, borgo Ognissanti 70r
*Pasta Fuori di Testa
Organic whole wheat spaghetti, mullet roe and a glass of fine Tuscan wine? If this sounds like your cup of tea, then let Frescobaldi wine and dine you for just 13 euro.
When: March 11, 12–2pm
Where: Ristorante & Winebar Frescobaldi, via dei Magazzini 2r, Firenze
*Frantoio Sant’Agata d’Oneglia
Learn “oil” about the Frantoio Sant’Agata di Oneglia mill at this free olive oil tasting and chance to chat with the producers.
When: March 11, 4–8pm
Where: La Bottega dell’Olio, piazza del Limbo 22
*Craft Beer Tasting
Head to Eataly to sample brews from Pietrasanta’s Birrificio del Forte. Throughout the whole weekend, visitors can try dishes designed specifically to go with Forte’s best beers. Free admission to the tasting, but reservations are required.
When: March 11, 5–6.30pm
Where: Eataly Firenze, via Martelli 22r
*Red Peperita at 79Rosso
The “hottest” event at Fuori di Taste! Italian culture and arts magazine Lungarno will host this event in collaboration with Peperita, a Tuscan company specializing in chili pepper cultivation. Sample delicious peperoncino-based treats, paired with award-winning beers by Gilda dei Nani Birrai. Free admission.
When: March 11, 7–9pm
Where: 79Rosso, via dei Serragli 79r
To get your taste buds warmed up, head over to via de Tornabuoni to experience the finest regional rice. Taste Riso Carnaroli and Riso Artemide in three different variants; for just 8 euro, it’s definitely one to consider.
When: March 11, 10am-8pm
Where: Obicà Firenze, via de’ Tornabuoni
Chic Le Muse Ristorante & Lounge Bar will present original and traditional Italian food, paired with a tasty mix of “revisited” cocktails, all based on Tuscan beers, wines and spirits.
When: March 12, 6.30–8.30pm
Where: Le Muse Ristorante & Lounge Bar, via dei Conti 9
Spend your Sunday strolling through one of the Oltrarno’s top organic markets, featuring vegetables, milk, eggs and more sold directly from farmers. Free admission.
When: March 13, 9am–4pm
Where: Riccardo Barthel courtyard-workshop, via dei Serragli 234r
Tel. 335 360140
*I’d like a cocktail, please!
Pop by piazza Tasso’s neighborhood nightlife hub to see what their creative cocktail masters are capable of dreaming up. Free admission.
When: March 12, 7pm–1.30am
Where: Circolo Aurora, viale Vasco Pratolini 2 (piazza Tasso)
*Teatro Niccolini Aperitivo
Still haven’t set foot in this recently renovated and reopened theatre? Come by for Cinta Senese cold cuts from Renieri and a selection of wines. Readings and performances will also take place.
When: March 12, 7.30pm
Where: Teatro Niccolini, via Ricasoli 3
*Fuori di Taste at Rinascente
Sample some of the delicacies sold in La Rinascente’s food market as you chat with their producers. Free admission.
When: March 12 and 13, 11am–8pm both days
Where: La Rinascente, piazza della Repubblica
*Baladin Pop and Toast
Stop by hipster haunt UB Firenze to sample Baladin, the first canned Italian craft beer, paired with tasty toasts. 5 euro.
When: March 13, 9pm
Where: UB Firenze, via dei Conti 4r
*Macarons and Tea
Head to Ladurée for a tres tasty event: purchase a box of macarons (5.70 euro) and you can taste the boutique’s teas for free.
When: March 12, 13 and 14, 2–7.30pm all days
Where: Boutique Ladurée, via della Vigna Nuova 48r
Tel. 055 216047