Cheese, Olive and Lampredotto di Firenze


Bruno (BUZZ): Formerly these two used to be the food of underprivileged people and rude workers; today in this famous city many tourists who mingle with the local workers at kiosks in the streets of the historic centre of Florence enjoy the taste of Lampredotto and Trippa Alla Fiorentina with great enchantment.’

In mid 2015 I was in Italy. There I enrolled for a course in Cordon Bleu in Firenze. While pursuing the course two highly intriguing dishes captivated my glimpse. Those dishes were Trippa Alla Fiorentina and Lampredotto.

No sooner did I come to know about these two items than I went to consult Mr. Google for enriching my knowledge on these two dishes.

Preparation of these two delectable items requires the stomach of a cow, precisely saying the fourth stomach of the animal. Use of this portion of the cow as a food stuff is ubiquitously popular in this region of Italy (Florence).

The Lampredotto is a kind of sandwich where the casing (fourth stomach) is cooked in water with tomatoes, onions, parsley and celery and takes hours to be ready. After cooking it is served in  a bread that is dipped into the boiling sauce where cooking tripe. Then add salt, pepper, parsley, green sauce and chilli pepper sauce which make this soft sandwich very tasty.

Already it was found that Trippa Alla Fiorentina resembles a dish which is known as Dobradinha in Brazil.

This is prepared by cutting the already cooked and well-washed guts into strips with a sautéed mixture of onion, carrot, parsley, celery and a clove of garlic cut into small pieces. Then some peeled tomatoes with salt and peppers are added and left to cook over very low heat until the water in the gut and tomatoes are almost extinct. Finally the preparation will form a thick sizeable broth of tomatoes. The dish is to be served hot, with grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled over bread and a little olive oil.

Formerly these two used to be the food of underprivileged people and rude workers; today in this famous city many tourists who mingle with the local workers at kiosks in the streets of the historic centre of Florence enjoy the taste of Lampredotto and Trippa Alla Fiorentina with great enchantment.

I had the pleasure of tasting the flavor of these two delicious dishes in a local market called Mercatto S. Ambrogio. Once you are there then please look for the I’Trippaio di S. Ambrogio and take a delight in the taste of these dishes that is at least absorbing.

Words and Photos: Bruno


About the author: Bruno is a digital marketing professional with a special expertise on CRM. Brazilian backpacker, passionate about gastronomy and intense travel enthusiast. Has already travelled fourteen countries and desire to explore more. Participated in five courses/workshops focused on gastronomy including one in Italy (pasta, pizza and sauces) in the Cordon Bleu of Firenze, Italy.

Email: boabuzzbox@gmail.com

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