Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cucineria la Mattonaia

""""""Cucineria la Mattonaia
Via della Mattonaia, 19r
50121 Firenze
Tel. 055 3860564

Prezzo: 18 Euro
1 Pizza Margherita
1 Pizza Del Conte
Acqua Frizzante alla Spina

ANNIE: 7/10
I was put-off at the door when I realized my outfit wasn't smart enough for the ambience. Like I've said a billion times, if jeans aren't good enough, it ain't my type of pizzeria. They tried to hide us at an upstairs table where I was happy to see there were others of us in sweatshirts. My eyes were almost watering with the smell of fish (which a friend of mine says is pretty tasty here), and I didn't seem to mind it as much as I normally would. The Mediterranean diet must finally be managing to take its hold! Anyway, we got some fizzy water and I ordered the Del conte: mozzarella, gorgonzola, walnuts and eggplant. My only explanation here is that I knew Fabio wouldn't let us order dessert, so I got it on my main course instead! And it was good, despite some burnt spots and the fact that it was below the average circumference I'm used to. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to my "white pizza" loving friends, you know who you are (AKA Tanya).

FABIO: 6.5/10
Locale sull'elegante, quindi definibile bello o brutto a seconda dei gusti, propone una pizza che, in base allo stile del ristorante, si presenta molto bene, con una crosta rotondeggiante, stile alto e colori vivaci di pomodoro e mozzarella, almeno per la mia margherita. Quello che conta, però, è il sapore e qui devo dire che ne ho sentito poco; infatti, pur essendo discreta, sembrava che tutto fosse attenuato, mentre l'ideale è sentire un gusto deciso, ma soprattutto fresco, degli ingredienti. E' proprio vero che tutto ciò che luccica non è oro e che dal letame nascon...oh no, che schifo, scusate!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Via Dante Alighieri, 28r
50122 Firenze
Tel. 055 290406

Prezzo: 13.50 Euro
1 Pizza Margherita
1 Pizza Margherita/Bufala
2 Coca-Cola in Lattina

ANNIE: 7/10
Pizzeria Totò is located in one of my favorite busy little squares, in the middle of the cramped streets of the center CENTER, conveniently next to my friend's King Grizzly Pub - which on lucky nights has an unbeatable, out-of-this-world raspberry beer on tap! And who doesn't love a raspberry beer every now and again, and who, more importantly, doesn't love Totò (Italian comedian nicknamed "The Prince of Laughter")?! We Americans just don't have anyone to compare him to, which is quite unexpected seeing as how so many of us, sometimes jokingly, believe that WE DO have the best specimen in practically every conceivable category...but not this one, not even with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin (ok, he was English, but he worked in the States!) up for grabs! And it could also be argued that in the pizza department, we can't even begin to hold a candle to the Italian version, but...the pizza at Totò: You can order by the slice or by the pizza. Fabio and I chose two margheritas (one with bufala) and planted ourselves on two of the, I guess, seven stools of the wall-facing bar. I liked the crust, thick and crunchy and startlingly not soggy given the exaggerated amount of orangey tomato sauce. The mozzarella was good, tasty and plentiful. The main problems were the plastic cutlery which snapped on a mid-crust cut, causing the sauce pool to splash onto my currently most-treasured t-shirt "Get Me Outta My Missouri"...a disaster!, and then the predicable and boring 'when the pizza starts to cool it gradually becomes inedible.' I don't want to sound too harsh or unforgiving, because it really was a good pizza. Umberto Eco asked, "in this globalized universe where it seems that everybody's watching the same movies and eating the same food, there are still abysmal and overwhelming fractures separating one culture from another. How can two peoples, one of which unknowing of Totò, truly understand each other?" If you don't already know the man or the pizza, get yourself to Totò!

FABIO: 6.5/10
Nonostante mangiare circondato dalle foto del grande Totò sia di per sè un'emozione, ma anche una distrazione, la pizza che si mangia qui riporta subito alla realtà: in particolare il pomodoro, eccessivo e con un sapore troppo forte, che copre il sapore della mozzarella, che è o sembra insapore. La crosta è biscottata, per cui non può neanche ricevere la benedizione di Totò come vera pizza napoletana. Detto questo non è tra le peggiori a Firenze, siamo sulla sufficienza abbondante, però più rispetto per il principe!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pizza Bike

""""""Pizza Bike
Via Ponte alle Mosse, 127r
50144 Firenze
Tel. 055 5386263

Prezzo: Groupon 10 Euro
1 XXL Pizza con 4 Gusti
2 Coca-Cola in Lattina

ANNIE: 4/10
Our groupon was for an XXL pizza which we could divide into four different topping combinations. We chose: Pasticciata (tomato sauce, mozzarella, olives, peppers, hotdog, mushrooms and asparagus), Margherita, Porcini, and Capricciosa (without prosciutto). The crust was good, and they were generous with the cheese, but... even though asparagus was enough in season, it was obvious that the ones on our pizza were straight from the vinegar jar. In fact, all of the ingredients lacked in freshness. Then they brought a coffee at the end of the meal that had been sitting in the pot all day and was ice cold. Repulsive.

FABIO: 5/10
E' difficile anche commentare un tipo di pizza così, visto che ogni singolo elemento è mediocre, nè buono nè cattivo; in questo modo anche il giudizio sull'insieme lascia un senso di rassegnazione, di tristezza. Almeno se una pizza è proprio cattiva uno ci si accanisce, mentre qui no, è mangiabile, però...la pizza non è nè alta nè bassa, mozzarella e pomodoro sono al limite.