Dig Into Artisan Pizza At Berbere Florence
After 3 months living in Florence, J and I finally had the opportunity to go out alone to explore the city! on Friday, we dropped Baby ISO off at school, while we both enjoyed a day off to do adult things: visit a museum, eat out, pop into cafes, and simply mooch around parts of the city we hadn't yet explored. And it was awesome!
I'll share more about the other places we stopped soon (a post about the Bargello Museum will be up on Wednesday!), but I wanted to start off with the amazing lunch we had at Berbere Pizzeria. First off about Berbere Pizzeria is that it is in the hip Oltrano district of Florence, which is definitely deserving of its own post -- and many more visits -- as it is chock full of cool cafes and restaurants, pretty little parks, and artisan shops. Berbere itself is located in a little piazza and has large windows from which you can watch people eating lampredotto (tripe) sandwiches from a little stand outside.
Inside, Berbere is decidedly cool, with exposed brick walls, giant murals, and Einstein bulbs hanging down from the ceiling. And when you get a menu, you'll know the food will match the pleasant atmosphere. The menu changes with each season, as the pizzas are topped with the best seasonal ingredients available. Currently on the menu are pizzas topped with baked eggplant and smoked ricotta, pancetta and potatoes, and beetroots.
We ordered with roast pumpkin with mushroom pizza and the mozzarella, gorgonzola, walnuts, honey, and salumi. Both were delicious and the crusts were the perfect thickness -- none of this way too thin crust that we've eaten elsewhere in Florence. They are also perfectly washed down with a glass of wine or a craft beer.
Berbere also has a great dessert menu, although we were both too full to order any. During our next visit, I've got to try the chocolate apricot cake, because that sounds amazing!
Berbere is located in the cool Oltrano district in southern Florence on Piazza de' Nerli 1. Their hours vary, so check online first. Berbere can also be found in Bologna, Turin, Milan, and in a few other cities across Italy. Stop by their website for more details. If you are looking for more ideas for where to eat in Florence, I've got a post with a few of my favorite finds so far here.
Do you like pizza with creative toppings or do you stick to the classics? What other restaurants do you recommend in Florence?