Greetings from Italy. We’ve been over here for 3 days so far and let me tell you it’s been hard to find vegan food! We’re staying on an olive farm / vineyard 30km west of Florence. It’s very rural which means our options are limited. We have a kitchen in our apartment but no gas, so no cooking! So far we’ve eaten out in the local town every night and our dinners have been limited to classics like scampi risotto without the scampi and vegetarian pizza without the cheese. It’s times like this that you appreciate the amount of vegan options we have in London.
Having said that, where we are staying is absolutely amazing. We’ve done a bit of exploring around Tuscany already and its a very beautiful part of the world. Pretty much everywhere you go looks like a postcard and all the locals have been super friendly and welcoming.
Yesterday we travelled into Florence for the first time to meet some friends, which meant we were able to try out some actual vegan restaurants in the city. After searching on Happy Cow we found this small local restaurant called Sciue Sciue advertising several vegan options including their own vegan cheese. Vegan. Cheese. 2 beautiful words.
I can’t speak highly enough of the hospitality of the owners at Sciue Sciue. Upon entering we were greeted like family by the wife she took the time to talk us through all the vegan options which we’re already clearly marked on the menu.
Georgia ordered the vegan cannelloni, while I ordered a vegan pizza topped with vegan mozzarella and vegan sausage. The food came out quickly and was delicious. The pizza was cooked in a traditional stone oven and topped with lots of fresh vegetables. Georgia had been craving cannelloni for the past few days so was more than a little excited to find some. After the mains we ordered vegan chocolate desserts which barely touched the sides.
After eating (and getting through a lot of red wine) we headed to a local rooftop bar to meet the group and sink a few more drinks. Before leaving Florence for the night we actually raced back to Sciue Sciue to get a takeaway before they closed, fearful of when we’d next be able to find a decent meal 😄. We ordered the same again, plus a vegan calzone which I’m eating now the next morning as I type this.
If we are in Florence again we will definitely be going back to Sciue Sciue, if only to chat to the owners again who made us feel so welcome.