Last week I was on the road-the annual 7th grade field trip, where my friend and co worker Kate and I took a group of 16 7th graders on a whirlwind tour of Orivieto and Florence. I look forward to this trip each year because it is a time to travel, see great works of art close up, bond with the students on the endless bus ride to and from Florence, no sleep :-)
This year, Kate and I discovered three works of art outside of the museums and cathedrals; Orvieto and Florence's restaurants and wine bars. These were not your usual mass field trip with students-chicken cutlet and french fries-pizza-coca cola- stops. These were restaurants with real tablecloths, linen napkins,...waiters.
Le Grotte del Funaro. Via Ripa Serancia, 41 Orvieto. This place was awesome! A restaurant inside an ancient cave that was used by ropemakers (funaro)
Osteria dei Baroncelli, Via Chiasso dei Baroncelli, 1 Firenze. Here the staff was excellent. We had a great rissoto con funghi. Frescoes and statues throughout the interior.
Ristorante & Wine Bar dei Frescobaldi, Via de'Magazzini 2-4/R Firenze. Yes, wine bar...even teachers need a break. We had a half hour of free time so Kate tried three whites, I stuck with my reds. What a great way to relax after a long day.
So, if you're in the area, you must stop here!