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Seafood dreaming – Bistrò del Mare in Florence

24.09.2013 No Comments

Seafood dreaming – Bistrò del Mare in Florence

24.09.2013 No Comments
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Do not show this to anyone obsessed with the Little Mermaid

Sometimes when I have wolfed down too many plates of ribollita or baccalà alla livornese, I crave something a little lighter. There is so much variety when it comes to delicious food in any season in and around this city, finding a seafood restaurant isn’t always that easy. I can tell you where to eat a crispy thin Tuscan pizza or a heartier neapolitan with nduja but fresh fish? Hmmm, that requires a bit more thought.

Which is why when I got the opportunity to try this seafood restaurant located just a 5 minute walk from my house, I jumped at it. Unbeknownst to me, Bistro del Mare has been open for three years and yet I probably have walked by this place along the lungarno a million times without ever peeking in.

bismare

While the entrance can seem somewhat intimidating, which is always the case when the actual door of the restaurant is a bit more hidden from the entryway – the interior is nicely lit, romantic and inviting. I snooped around and spotted a pretty bar area where you can get a drink before dinner.

Back to the meat I mean um ,er fish of my main discussion, we started our meal with two pasta dishes. The famous pasta allo scoglio (shellfish pasta) and trofie pasta with Vongole, Zucchine e Pinoli (small clams, zucchini and pinoli nuts). They were both delicious and perfectly dressed with just the right amount of salt. I really love trofie-shaped pasta in general and this dish was no exception.Their primi range from 14 to 16 euros a dish.

Trofie con Vongole, Zucchine e Pinoli

We opted to share the massive plate of seafood pictured above after I spied a couple at a nearby table order it. My food jealousy required that we try it as well. It reminded me of the kind of plate that high-flying businessmen in the 1980’s ordered while sipping martinis and making deals (we preferred white wine). I wish I could remember what this huge plate was named – but since my way of ordering was by pointing at the next table, the name will forever (probably not forever actually) remain a mystery.

fishdream

The fish was spectacular. I enjoyed the oysters here even more than the ones we tried in Sardinia which is a bit surprising. The crab was already partly pulled apart and its meat, tender and sweet. It came with a variety of sauces, olive oil & lemon, a vinegar onion dip, plus your standard mayonnaise. There was small spoonfuls of salmon and tuna tartar which was really nice and flavorful. This is the kind of fish plate that I dream about (besides a crispy tempura or fish-filled coconut curry).

As you can imagine, this girl always leaves room for dessert and the ones listed on the menu looked particularly delightful. For once I skipped the cheesecake and went for cremino al doppio cioccolato al profumo di lavanda e sbrisolona ai pistacchi (isn’t that a mouthful!) while my partner in crime went for the chocolate souffle lava cake. Both were absolutely the perfect ending to a great meal, or accompanied with an after dinner vino passito (dessert wine) and maybe a shot of lemoncello.

Don’t judge me

dessert

Afterwards we both needed a walk so we first checked out their wine cantina where they host special events and dinners among the bottles of wine. We even stopped in the kitchen which was basically a first for me. I must say that chefs are always an interesting bunch so we said our ciao’s and grazie’s and I was surprised at how utterly big it was. You likely could have landed a small helicopter in there.

A memorable meal to say the least and I will certainly be back once my seafood craving kicks into overtime. If you go, ask to sit on the panoramic inside terrace area which is very pretty. I thought the prices were very honest considering the quality of the food and wine and also the location itself. Their menu isn’t too vast (which is always a positive sign in my book) which means they can focus on the dishes they offer with more finesse than a menu bursting at the seams.

Bon Appétit 

Bistro del Mare

Lungarno Corsini, 4 50123 Florence, Italy
+39 055 239 9224

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Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as social media manager and content editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' Moscow mule and laughs with the girls.

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    anniedm778 24.09.2013 at 16:21

    That crab looks absolutely yummy!

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      ggnitaly84 24.09.2013 at 16:23

      I am a bit obsessed with crab and this one left me one happy girl!

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        anniedm778 24.09.2013 at 16:31

        He was quite a big guy! My daughter is obsessed with crab, she’d love this one!

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    bakeritalia 24.09.2013 at 17:08

    Your right, that kitchen is huge!?
    Food looks great, another I’ll add to my list- thanks!

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      ggnitaly84 24.09.2013 at 17:37

      no problemo, I was on the hunt for a good place in the center to eat fish!

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        bakeritalia 24.09.2013 at 17:40

        Yeah I haven’t had any fresh fish since I arrived so good to know 🙂

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    This AmerItalian Life 25.09.2013 at 11:00

    That massive plate looks AMAZING!! 😀

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    cindy 08.10.2013 at 23:21

    Looks awesome! And the ambiance seems really beautiful. Thanks for posting your dining experience!

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      ggnitaly84 09.10.2013 at 18:05

      thanks Cindy! I am a total glutton for seafood so this was especially fun to share..

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        Cindy 10.10.2013 at 15:42

        I actually had the best seafood of my life in…Texas! So I can understand Having trouble finding good seafood. Even the best restaurants in Chicago can’t come close to a fresh seafood shack by the beach. Glad you enjoyed! Btw-you really are living my dream;).

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    Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who calls Florence, Italy home for the past 11 years. I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. My bylines have appeared in Lonely Planet, Luxos Magazine, and International Living. This blog is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling and living in Italy, weekend trips around Europe, and a monthly roundup of interesting events. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!

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