There are so many reasons to travel throughout the beautiful lands of Tuscany, but the one that stands out the most to me is the delicious food. Maybe it is because I believe all successful travel must include memorable meals or maybe it is because this was the one trip that I happily walked away from five pounds heavier. There were a few tasty culprits to the squishy addition around my midsection; lampredotto, pasta and porchetta. A threesome of weight gain criminals.
The food fest started with something so traditionally Florentine, a lampredotto sandwich at I Trippaio di San Frediano. The lampredotto, the stomach line of a cow, is Tuscan street food at its finest. It is tender slices of tripe (beef stomach), parsley salsa verde, spicy sauce and dripping with its own juices. Wrapping it in plastic is a must to catch the liquid, but you will still need several napkins to wipe off the juices that will surely be dribbling from your chin.