Girl in Florence

A Tuscan Texan immersed in Florentine life

Touch Florence, great food meets technology


Yesterday, aka my birthday, started off like every other. I woke up, took the bus to work #3, ate some awesome brownies made by a nice coworker and had no idea what I was doing that night. I didn’t want to over plan anything especially not for myself but then I thought, what about this new place I heard about on via fiesolana “Touch florence” where every table comes with their personal IPAD. I heard about it sometime back, don’t remember how, but I signed up to their website.

I received an email offer to go with a group of friends and have my dinner covered (probably for them to drum up some publicity as it is a new restaurant in the city-great idea!) and figured I would email them to see if it was ok to utilize this offer even if it was just me and t-man. We are saving up money for our trip in August and I can’t easily blow 40 euros on a dinner.

They responded immediately inviting me to come which I thought, was very nice of them. In Italy it’s not often I get an email response in the same day, sometimes by the time I hear from someone I completely forget about why I wrote them in the first place. We ended up going around 8-8:30 pm and immediately liked the warm decor of the restaurant. It reminded me of a NYC bistro with a cool map covering

one wall. We sat down and the waiter explained how the Ipad worked and handed us glasses of prosecco. As for how the Ipad service works  –  you can browse the menu, wine list, and even check out photos of the food before you order.

I liked the fact that even though you use Ipad as an interactive menu, you still have a rapport going with the waiters. It’s not autonomous like I thought it might have been. We ended up going with the “chefs menu” which is a sample of different dishes with wine that they especially design for you. For wine, we got a bottle of Chardonnay which was absolutely perfect for these hot summer days and a small crostino with fegatini (basically traditional Tuscan liver crostini) which to my surprise, I actually enjoyed.

Even the bread basket was impressive-  soft bread with fennel seeds and sesame. For our antipasto we had this beautifully presented plate of fiore di zucca-pumpkin flowers filled with ricotta on a bed of fresh tomatoes and basil. It was lovely and I probably could have eaten 10-plates of that alone.

For our primo, we had a really nice risotto dish with scamorza-smoked cheese and eggplant, it was delicious. I don’t usually go for risotto but this was special.

I almost wanted to stop there since we were already full – well almost, let’s be honest with ourselves here, both me and t-man are gluttons. Our main course was a tuna steak which tasted like real steak, accompanied a puree of peas and roasted potatoes.

We both enjoyed it,especially t-man, and I would like to try to make it at home sometime. For dessert (yes we had to have dessert) we tried a gelato-cake with seasonal fruit (plums) over chocolate with basil (and maybe mint?). I am a huge fan of combining spice with chocolate whether it be peperoncino, mint, lavender and this was the perfect fresh way to end a meal.

After coffee we were ready to take a walk to avoid bursting, and meet some friends at our favorite local bar, Lochness Lounge on via dei benci. There was a little confusion over the bill, apparently even though I spoke with someone about using the deal they sent me, it didn’t completely cover my meal since I got the chef’s choice. It was a little awkward, and I do wish that was clarified in the beginning but we still had a nice time. I would love to go back and enjoy some more of their delicious food but I think I will need to save some money first.

I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions, price-wise appetizers & first-courses are around 10 euros and main courses around 19 euros. The chef’s menu (appetizer-first-second) was 30 euros a person without wine, 40 euros with wine.

TouchFlorence | Ristorante / Bar / Caffè | Via Fiesolana, 18r – Firenze

+39 331 9104444, +39 055 2466150, +39 334 5070750. [email protected]

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Georgette Jupe

Welcome to my personal blog by a curious American girl living and working between Zug, Switzerland and Florence, Italy with my husband Nico, our newborn Annabelle and Ginger the beagle. This space is primarily to share about my love for Italy (currently on a 13 year romance) with a fair amount of real talk, practical advice, travel suggestions and adjusting to a new culture (Switzerland). Find me on IG @girlinflorence @girlinzug

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