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Family trip to San Gimignano and Need a Restaurant

San Gimignano is a great day trip from Firenze.   It is one of our favorite places to visit.  It is not far from Firenze just about an hour 1/2 car trip.  When we went we needed a lunch place so I ask my friends for a recommendation.  Judy Witts Francini who is a food writer and cooking teacher you can find out more about here on her site Divina Cucina, Anita Grosser who runs Chianticooking Gourmetshop where you can find a variety of Italian, French and German cuisine and a friend from a Facebook cooking group Temple Perrotta.

Chiara Latini

They all recommended Chiara Lantinis Restaurant which is called  Ristorante Latini in Certaldo (via dei Platani 1 Loc. Canonica).  The restaurant was wonderful and Chiara is very friendly and very passionate about her food.  My son said that Lantini was the best restaurant he ever ate at and keeps begging us to go back soon.  Everything we ate was spectacular and she even got me to eat fish.  There was tuna that was just cooked perfectly so tender and I ate most of it. What I forgot to do was take pictures of the dishes. So more of a reason to come back and get some great food.  It is about 15 minutes from San Gimignano and the food was excellent especially since going into town you pay high prices for food that is really not high quality like we got at Lantini.  So next time you are looking for lunch or dinner venture out to Ristorante Latini and tell Chiara I sent you.


My Friend Judy does go there often and has allowed me to post some pictures until I take some, because we will be going back.  Here are some of the dishes there you can get.

Beef and ArugulaFarro Salad







mille Foglie

JT Cafe: Great meeting place for Moms with small children

Claires Zurek Post3Moms,
Claires Zurek PostI would like to make you aware of a new cafe that has opened. Some of you probably know of it already, while perhaps others do not know. It’s called JT Cafe and it’s nearly smack in front of Pitti Palace. It’s owned and operated by Casini’s Jennifer Tatanelli and her husband, Guilio (their leather/purse/clothing store is right next door).
I spoke to Jennifer today about whether she would welcome Moms and small children to congregate in the back where there are sofas and tables. She said, “Yes, absolutely!” So, please consider this cafe family friendly.
They serve coffees, spirits, bagels, muffins, cupcakes, gelato, etc. They have various panini ready-to-eat in the front counter, but they also have a full kitchen in the back such that you could order a panini or bagel sandwich as you prefer it.
Jennifer said she will give the FM’s4M’s 10% off their bill. You MUST mention the group name when you sit down and order (and definitely at check-out).
I know some of you with younger children (who are not yet in school) go to Mama’s to meet up and relax sometimes. I thought perhaps you’d like an alternative to mix things up. It’s a happy location. Jennifer has been working hard to taste-test various things she serves. She focuses on quality. In fact, she sent me home today with two muffins and asked me to taste-test them. They were super moist and tasty! One was a pomegranate muffin; the other dark chocolate. Delicious…and I’m not even a true muffin type of gal.
I’m attaching a few photos.
Claire Zurek

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