I just had my second spiritual experience in a restaurant, after Le Calandre, but this one is not worth a detour because it’s located in the center of Florence! So, you have it, if you go to Italy, of course you go to Florence! No need to detour. It is called Ora D’Aria, literally, an hour of air… but it means much more in Italian. Read the explanation, here, on the restaurant’s website. Chef Marco Stabile looks young, but maybe he is not. Read his resume. How can he have done all these things, already? And his resume does not even include his latest ongoing project of opening an Italian restaurant in Miami!
I was in my hotel room in Florence, trying not to collapse after 10 hours on my feet at the Taste Show. My good friend and great photographer, Giuseppe Onorati, calls me at 9pm and asks me to join him for dinner. I said, only to keep you company, I’m exhausted, I can’t look at food anymore, I’ll come only for the first course and then I’ll leave. Last Famous Words!!! We ate all the tasting menu, including desserts, drank several kinds of wines and were the last ones to leave! This says it all!!! Marco Stabile is a great chef. He has real appreciation and passion for artisanal ingredients and knows how to use them in the most innovative way. You must go! It will be a great moment when his restaurant opens in America. Then, Miami will finally become worth a detour! Bravo Marco e grazie mille!!!