Le Bistrot in Villa Cora - Florence
The day we headed to Le Bistrot it was raining, naturally. Not only that but there was a strike with the taxis, so we had to walk in the rain for our lunch appointment. When we finally arrived at Villa Cora, where Le Bistrot is housed, our grumbles and annoyance soon subsided. The venue itself is simply breathtaking and when we had to walk through the majestic building and through an underground tunnel (dimly lit and walls adorned with treasures), we knew that we were in for something special.
Did we get to use the pool? No, but hey, having a poolside view in the rain was still quite pleasant. We can only imagine how amazing it must be to be poolside with a cocktail, with leafy surroundings in an upscale and discreet location. From April to October the restaurant moves to Le Bistrot in the winter garden by the pool, which allows to enjoy the beauty of the park. Lunch started with a glass of prosecco, and as we gazed through the wine menu we were impressed with the neat selection from various regions in Italy. First course wasn't exactly Italian, as we opted for the Eugenia salad - nice and simple mixed salad but with strips of chicken in curry flavoured tempura.
Our main was seafood linguine, made with cavalieri pasta, clams, mussels and shrimps, a luscious dish full of depth and brimming with seafood. We also tucked into the testarolo (Ludigiana wheatflour pancake) with mature cheese and black pepper, which we ordered out of curiousity. Though simple in it's offering, and rather unapologetic, it was pleasantly delicious. With such exquisite tableware, attention to details and a beautiful setting, everything just seems so darling. The service and knowledge of all that the menu consists of is equally charming and actually had us embroiled in quite a conversation about the food in Italy, local farmers and wine producers.
It would've been rude to have not tried the tiramisu and it didn't disappoint. Who doesn't love ladyfingers, sweet mousse, cream, coffee and a drop of alcohol? It's nothing short of sophisticated indulgence. In contrast to this was the babá, which is known to originate from France but was later brought to the southern part of Italy (our first time trying babá was actually in Naples). The yeast cake is saturated in liquor and daintily presented. Served with white chocolate and pineapple, it most definitely had the Le Bistrot touch.
Le Bistrot feels like an airy garden pavilion, with its fantastic decor and outdoor ambience. Executive chef Alessandro Liberatore loves to serve up a light version of Italian gourmet dishes, perfect for those who aren't craving a heavy, meaty meal after all that Tuscan beef. This venue is the perfect place to indulge in new dishes whilst getting a glimpse of the Florentine lavish lifestyle.
Le Bistrot - Villa Cora Florence | In a 19th-century villa overlooking the Boboli Gardens, this plush, elegant hotel is 2.1 km from Ponte Vecchio bridge and 2.4 km from Galleria degli Uffizi. | Address: Viale Machiavelli, 18, 50125 Florence, Italy | Tlf. +39 055 228790 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Website | #villacorahotel