Acqua al 2 for Dinner in Florence
On one of the two nights in Florence where we weren’t wined and dined in the Villa San Michele restaurant, Funk and I had plans to visit Acqua al 2, at the recommendation of Jaime and some twitter peeps who raved about it. We actually wanted to go there on our first night in Italy and had our driver (doesn’t that sound swanky?) take us there but with some major language barrier going on, we didn’t understand that Italian restaurants aren’t even open between 6-7:30pm. It was 5:45. We were jet-lagged, tired, and starving. So Acqua al 2 had to wait a few nights and we were so excited to see what all of the fuss was about. When we arrived (when doors opened at 7:29pm) we sat down at a table with a bottle of house red wine and asked the waiter about the multi-course meal we were supposed to order. He gave us some tips and we ordered a salad sampler, pasta sampler, and dessert sampler to share, all which came with bread and spread and the vino (all for very very cheap).
I was not a good blogger and don’t remember all the meal specifics, and can’t translate the Italian menu online. But we loved the salad sampler, especially this corn salad with olives. We also had some bread with a warm white bean spread to dip. The spread was so good I didn’t mind that we weren’t eating the Italian way with bread dipped in olive oil. Next up was our round of five pastas to sample and they came and went so fast, I didn’t even snap a picture! I do remember loving the gnocchi best – it must have been homemade.
We finished with a yummy dessert sampler that had a divine tiramisu somewhere on the plate. And right when we finished the last drop of red wine, the waiter brought us each some complementary lemoncello.
We think it was his way of saying sorry for bumping Funk in the head with a plate earlier in the evening, but it was worth it for the lemoncello, as I was dying for some since we arrived in Italy. Apparently this restaurant is also in San Fran and DC so I’ll be sure to look it up next time we’re in that area. But if you’re in Florence, go to Acqua al 2. I don’t care if it’s a tourist trap. It’s worth it.