Olio e Convivium

Normally I don't eat at any restaurant twice in one week. I love to eat out and can sometimes crave the same thing two days in a row, but I still generally don't go to any restaurant that often. I had lunch with Karen and her friend Sandy, who lives in Florence, at Olio e Convivium in via Santo Spirito on Monday. And we went again today.

I would've been happy to eat exactly the same meal that I had the other day: an insalata mista (mixed salad) with cheese, pinoli (pine nuts), strawberries, and pomodorini (cherry tomatoes) and a plate of spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams).

But instead the specials had changed and we were both a little disappointed; even Karen wanted the insalata di farro (spelt salad) she ate the last time.

This time, we decided to split a primo (pasta dish), which was a risotto con porri e melone (risotto with leek and melon), and then each ordered a secondo (main dish), which ended up being too much food for us both.

We ended the meal with a degustazione di dolci (selection of desserts) that we shared. The last time, we shared it in three and it was delicious. It's always a surprise, but I was happy to see the mango mousse for the second time.

Again, we were the last ones to leave the restaurant. The front door was already locked.

I really like this restaurant for its ever-changing specials menu and its intimate setting. I'd go back again, but I might wait a week or so beforehand.

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