After arriving in Livorno and receiving the proper clearance from the port authority we immediately headed to Florence. We decided the “Florence on your own” excursion would work best this trip which was ideal for my return to one of my favorite spots – Ristorante Dino.
It was the summer of 2003 when I discovered what has become a dish I can’t get enough of. Cinghiale in Dolceforte – – wild boar in a sweet and sour chocolate sauce. I know, not a combination one would automatically go for and that is precisely why I chose it. This dish is one I wish I’d discovered at birth. All those wasted years – – yes it’s that damn good!!!
Not only did I discover an amazing dish but I made friends with a wonderful family. It was during this visit that I finally had the opportunity to photograph Ms. Renza. She’s very reserve and avoids the much needed attention her mastery in the kitchen commands but this was my lucky day. Massimo told me his mother still comes to work everyday and that she is still very passionate about cooking and making sure all who dine at Ristorante Dino experience that passion. Not only is the Cinghiale in Dolceforte a dish to marvel after but, the fact that Ms. Renza still shows up everyday to work and enjoys her time in the kitchen is a lesson in passion and how to live a meaningful life. When you visit, I do hope you are lucky enough to meet her.
I’m thrilled Sonia and Massimo along with Massimo’s wife Lezli are keeping their family dining room open. I’ll be back soon and I hope all of you who visit Florence have the opportunity to experience Ristorante Dino.
FINALLY – My Cinghiale in Dolceforte
Do not worry, I made sure my cultural plate and cup not only overflowed with food and wine. We made time to visit the Borghesee before lunch and the Uffizi afterwards.
Wine country awaits me!!!! Next stop Bolgheri.
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