Four Seasons Florence RestaurantIn Leo's Kitchen with the Four Seasons Florence
Some things just are meant to go together. You know, like rose and summer. Leonardo DiCaprio and supermodels. Florentine cuisine and a Medici Palace. We prefer the latter with Michelin-starred chef Vito Mollica of Il Palagio at the Four Seasons Firenze, one of the most spectacular of the Four Seasons portfolio in the world. Fifteenth century palace? Check. Private glorious gardens to stroll through morning, noon and night? Check. One of the only Michelin-starred restaurants in the Four Seasons family? It’s Florence – you bet.
On our last visit, we gorged ourselves on Chef Vito’s cacio e pepe cavatelli with tender ruby shrimp, one of the specials of the house, alongside copious amounts of Barolo. We were just about to go through withdrawal, when Chef Vito showed up on our doorstep here in New York. Well not exactly our doorstep, but actually Leonardo DiCaprio’s doorstep. High above in a penthouse overlooking the Hudson River, Chef Vito brought a piece of Tuscany to New York City. On the menu was a delicate pumpkin parmesan risotto with kale and garnished with micro greens, followed by a halibut over Tuscan white been puree and Barlotti beans. Of course, there was the famed Florentine steak, and we ended with an almond cake and shots of limoncello in the afternoon. Recipes to come; a few pictures worth a thousand words in the meantime to tie you over.