The Lampredotto Sandwich: A Gastronomic Legend
Della Robbia, ancient as Palazzo Vecchio, the lampredotto is a dish that the Florentines consume and appreciate.
This is one of the four stomachs of the bovine, a tripe, a fracture. For the Florentines it is an institution, a gastronomic legend, a popular itinerant rite present in the streets, under the noble shadow of the sixteenth-century palaces.
The lampredotto is a street food that is born between the squared and polished stones in the heart of the city.
The last bulwarks of this poor and popular food are the "trippai docks", as they call them in Florence.
Once they were wooden carts, painted with bright colors, led by hand or placed on pedal tricycles.
Today they are small kiosks on four wheels, all of steel, neat and sterile, but still intact with their gypsy charm. They carry around Florence the heavy load of tripe and history.
On display at one side of the counter, surrounded by fresh vegetables, lemons and salad, the vendors offer their wares: lampredotto, tripe and puppa (the breast of the bovine), already boiled and ready to be cooked by housewives among the domestic walls.
On the other side of the counter boil two pots full of broth, in which they cook, along with tomatoes, carrots, parsley, onion and potatoes, large pieces of lamprey, destined for a glorious end: succulent filling in the middle of crispy sandwiches.
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