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Al Tranvai Restaurant-Florence, Italy

Pinch me. Here I am with my son and husband in beautiful Florence.  This evening, we dined at a tiny trattoria that went through the trouble of cooking me an amazing and very memorable gluten free meal.  This is not just any restaurant.  This is a tiny place with about 7 tables and all the locals come, feast, chat a lot, and laugh a lot. The walls resound with the fullness of life.  The chef pictured here with our wonderful server was so very proud to prepare for me Taglitelle (gluten free) with a rich mushroom sauce.  Spectacular and so very delicous.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention the appetizer of fagioli with shrimp, vibrant with flavor and fresh herbs.  It is a dish that I have never had before.  My son took his bread and scraped up everylast bit of sauce.  My husband also had the fagioli and then followed with penne pasta with sausage and wine sauce.

The chef himself came out to serve me my “gluten free” pasta dish.  He smiled and winked at me, and we silently acknowledged the understanding that he was happy to create this special dish for me and that I was so very grateful for the effort and culinary love he put into it. It was an evening never to be forgotten.  Delicious.  Happy.  Being in the moment. Alex, my son, my husband, Wayne, and me together across the globe from home. I highly recommend Al Tranvai.  In fact, we shall return Friday evening, just before we go on to Rome, to celebrate the flavors of this gem hidden away in a residential. neighborhood of Florence.  And the best part-they love you gluten free and all!