I don't remember how I found Anita's, but it was 1972, my first time in Florence my first time in Europe! and somebody probably steered me there, because at the time it wasn't listed in the guidebooks and it's so tucked away that I doubt I would have just stumbled across it on my own.
Then, it was a working-class dive for working-class people you never heard a word of English spoken unless I happen to be there with friends but the food was cheap and superb. I used to go six days a week it was closed on Mondays at least once and often twice a day. The spaghetti all carbonara and trotta alla grillia (grilled trout) were my favorites. And, as if that wasn't enough, it's only about a three-minute walk from Vivoli's, the best ice cream in the world!
I returned to Anita's many many times over the next 15 years, but after visiting Italy with Becca and her mother in 1987, I didn't get back until the summer of 2001. That's when this picture was taken. Anita's still looks the same on the outside, but the inside had been redone. It's a restaurant now, not a dive, and there are tourists speaking English inside but the food's still great, and the prices still can't be beat.
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