After spending most of the day wandering along the winding streets and alleys, and in and out of the various artisan's shops in the Oltrarno, I was hungry and footsore. Unwilling to eat alone at one of the more upscale restaurants, I was thrilled to see this delightful cafe right on the Via Romana, about fifteen minutes from my home exchange. It seemed popular with the locals, which is usually an indication of good food, so I entered Jessy's and perused the display case. I'm allergic to seafood, so I asked about the ingredients of what appeared to be some kind of quiche, to make sure there was no crab or shrimp inside. Instead of looking irritated that I might be holding up the line, the friendly clerk listed not only the ingredients (spinach, ricotta) but how it was prepared.
The crust was light and flaky, and the warm goodness of the rich layers of filling was absolutely delicious! She brought it to my table along with my receipt, which had their WiFi access code so that I could check my e-mail and send texts to friends about how great the Pitti Palace was, and also how yummy the food is all over Firenze.
I've been back for 6 months now, and I still recall the appealing little bar, and how unhurried and welcoming the woman behind the counter was. I'm planning another trip very soon, and hope that this place will still be open!
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