There’s an especially convenient place to park once and get at least 4 great choices for lunch or dinner. Set your GPS for Court Street in Downtown Florence and decide what type of cuisine would whet your appetite. A couple of well-known chains are in the vicinity, but you know I always recommend that you try locally-owned businesses whenever possible. Sure, chains provide predictability, but life’s too short to always stay on the tried-and-true route. Venture forth.
- Trattoria de Ricatoni (Ricatoni’s Italian Grill). This place has a great Mediterranean menu with the heavenly smells associated with those great herbs and spices. Lots of pasta and sauces.
2. City Hardware. Yes, a very strange name for a restaurant, but that’s what it is nevertheless. Good American food. The same man owns this place AND Ricatoni’s, and they share a wall.
3. Odette. This choice is very sleek and fresh. It has a Southern menu with international flavors and touches. The produce is locally-sourced, and the sauces are housemade. Very delicious. Chef Josh Quick is doing a great job making it something surprising and special. You’ll find things like fried chicken and meat loaf on the daily specials, but those items won’t taste anything like the ordinary versions you might normally expect. The website is beautiful.
4. Trowbridge’s. If you’re looking for something quick, easy, inexpensive — almost like fast food, but much better. Sandwiches, burgers, and ICE CREAM. Lots of ice cream. In the past, all the ice cream flavors were made in-house. The recipes are the same, but the production place is elsewhere now. You’ll be especially pleased with the low prices.
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