in this world of expading commercialism the human race is losing track of what pure produce and wholesome natural ingredients are. but there are also lots us who are dedicated to the constant search of the “real thing” and who are always hungry for more! i think it is safe to say that most food bloggers and local producers feel the same way. take for example the eat local challenge
, mighty foods
or ripe to you
, just to name a few. one of my favorite local producers here in florence is the pasticceria gualtieri
. it has been a famiily operation since 1933 and they still use the same family recipes from 73 years ago. one of there treasures is the iris cake (pictured here, “before” and “after”!). it is their best seller and my favorite item that they make. named after the symbol of florence, the iris flower, it is a flourless cake made with circa 12 different secret ingredients. there is no way to get the recipe and make it yourself. you just have to give in to that sweet tooth and buy one every once in awhile! the iris cake is similar to a sugar coated coffee cake and it melts on your mouth with hints of orange, almond and vanilla.
the pastry shop is run by riccardo gualtieri, the grandson of the orginal owner, and he knows how to make all of the delights that he sells. he and his wife are dedicated to quality and tradition and it shows in their simple but rich display of cakes and cookies. they also make a made to order millefoglie, some of the best stuff you will ever wrap your lips around!
via senese 18r
open tuesday to saturday 7.15 - 13.00 and 16.00 - 20.00
open sunday morning 7.15 - 13.00
closed sunday afternoon and mondaywww.pasticceriagualtieri.com