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Trippa and Lampredotto - Florence Street Food

Trippa (tripe) and Lampredotto are two dishes that perfectly represent the Florence popular culinary traditions, eating them is an experience you can’t miss.
Born from the street foods of artisans and workmen, tripe and lampredotto have been an important part of the Florentine tradition for almost one thousand years. Florence and Tuscany are famous for the meat, that is an important part of traditional cousine, and innards are very common, as in the past every piece of the animal was precious, even stomach, liver and stuff like that.
lampredotto sandwich

For those who might not have ever thought that these innards of the animal could even be eaten, the two most popular dishes are explained.
La trippa (tripe), is the part of the digestive organ found between the esophagus and the stomach of the cows. It can be prepared in many different ways, even if in Florence city it is mainly found cooked with tomato sauce (trippa alla fiorentina, you can find the recipe I usually use in this post), but I use to cook it also with mushrooms, with or without tomato sauce, or with tomato sauce and parmigiano reggiano cheese.

Tripe (Trippa)

Lampredotto (offal) also comes from the stomach of a bovine, but is more tender, thin and flat, and it’s not white, but light brown.


The meat is boiled in a broth of herbs and vegetables, then finely sliced and as served inside a sandwich. Salt and pepper, green sauce and hot sauce are the traditional toppings, and a glass of red wine is the perfect drink to match with lampredotto. You can also ask for “lampredotto bagnato”: a piece of the bread is soaked in the broth.
Lampredotto is sold in some typical lampredotto-stands, small wheeled-kiosks placed in the streets, where you can stop, take your sandwich and wine (in a plastic cup) and step away, we call this kind of stand “lampredottaio” or “trippaio”.

one of the lampredotto kiosks

The best lampredottaio in Florence are:

- Piazza de’ Cerchi (near Piazza della Signoria)

- Via Gioberti (near Piazza Beccaria)
- Piazza del Mercato Nuovo (Mercato del Porcellino)
- San Lorenzo Market (the stand is called “Nerbone”)
- Via del Verrocchio (behind Sant’Ambrogio market)

An anonymous reader of this blog suggests also those ones:

- piazza Tanucci (I agree!)
- via Benedetto Dei

A second anonymous reader suggested other good lampredotto kiosks:

- viale Giannotti (in front of the Coop supermarket)
- piazza delle Cure

Thanks to both those readers for the precious suggestions!


5 commenti:

Anonymous said...

the real two bests are in piazza Tanucci and via Benedetto Dei. both a few minutes away from the center.

someone that lives in florence

Anonymous said...

No! i trippaio in piazza di Porcellino fa' un panino co i lampredotto molto molto buono, un classico. Comunque uno dei migliori l'e' in oiazza delle Cure anke se adesso si puo trovare un'otttimo trippaio in piazza di Gavina difronte alla nuova Coop in Viale Giannotti. I' trippaio in piazzetta de' cerchi una voltal'era bono , ora molto meno.

Aldo Piombino said...

per chi deve recarsi a Careggi, consiglio il lampredottaio che si trova all'entrata dell'ospedale, accanto al nuovo bar

Pablo Honey said...

My favorite was a stand called "Pollini", serving tripe and lampredotto. I found a picture of it from a trip some time ago but can't remember exactly where it is. Anyone ever seen it?! I want to go back next time!

Anonymous said...

@ Pablo Honey: Pollini is just next to Piazza Sant'Ambrogio (5 meters...), on Via de' Macci: http://g.co/maps/9aehh

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