You might not necessarily think of Italy as a location where you can get some quality seafood, and least of all Florence. In an area surrounded by the Tuscan countryside, the last thing you might expect is freshly-caught fish from the coast.
However, Acqua al 2 is here to challenge those perceptions by creating memorable dishes with fish in the spotlight.
Some of the wine choices available at Acqua al 2 Florence — Photo courtesy of Acqua al 2
Located right in the city center next to the Bargello Museum, Acqua al 2 is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist drag that you get a local feel, without feeling out of touch from the rest of the city.
This is one of the best places within the direct city center for you to practice your Italian; they have a limited amount of English menus available, and they aren't exactly inclined to give them out to unsuspecting tourists.
But choosing which meal you want is the most taxing part of the experience, since there are so many options and it might not always be easy to know what exactly you're getting when you order.
Since the restaurant imports their seafood daily, directly from fisherman near the coast, the catch of the day is truly that. You get fresh fish combined with unique tastes in order to create a signature flavor that Acqua al 2 is famous for.
In addition to these recipes, you'll also find classic staples like gnocchi and linguini. But in a city where finding quality fish options can be a challenge, the best thing to do is go ahead and try the specialized dishes available. You'll be more likely to remember your meal when you tell friends and family about your trip later.
Acqua al 2 has become such a success in Florence that it has spread to other locations in the United States, including D.C. and San Diego. Though slightly less Italianized, you might want to consider stopping by if you're in the mood for the same kind of quality and care they put into the food as they do in Florence.
Even if you can't make it to the Italian peninsula, you can still enjoy the meals offered and get the feel of being there at these spots in the States!