In general, I wouldn’t go out of my way searching for a sandwich filled with the cooked stomach of a cow. Who am I kidding? I totally would. So, hunting for a Panino con Lampredotto was a a top thing to do on my Florence bucket list—no different than any other weird food I had pursued in the past.
A Lampredotto sandwich is a Florentine tradition, Tuscan street food at its finest and a favorite amongst all the Italian comfort foods.
This quick and easy meal is a soft roll stuffed with tender slices of tripe (beef belly), salsa verde, a spicy sauce and dripping with its own juices. Wrapping it in plastic is a must in order to catch the liquid, but you will still need several napkins to wipe off the juices that will surely be dribbling from your chin.
The first opportunity to taste this local delicacy was in front of Mercato Centrale. Even though I was heading inside of this foodie-haven to get a delicious piece of focaccia pizza, I immediately stopped at the sight and smell of the Lampredotto food truck. Focaccia pizza will just have to wait.
The Panino con Lampredotto was listed first on the menu for 3,50 ($4.75 USD). Offal on a piece of bread is quite a deal.
I attempted to place an order in my very weak Italian. After fumbling through the pronunciation for a few minutes, and with the line growing behind me, the cook just came out and asked me in English, “do you want a tripe sandwich?”. Yes, per favore.
The tripe was thinly sliced, flavorful and surprisingly tender. Memories from my childhood always make me believe that tripe is going to be tough and chewy, so I am always delighted when it is not.
The first adventurous experience with Panino con Lampredotto must not have been that bad, because when there was a chance for a second I jumped at it. Usually, when it comes to eating weird foods I am a one hit wonder, but this was different.
Lamperdotto was something I could see myself getting a bit addicted to. It would go nicely with my nightly glass of vino.
While exploring Florence with Play Your Tuscany, they took our group to I Trippaio di San Fernando, another food truck specializing in Lampredotto, for a quick lunch. And even though I had had a tripe sandwich just a couple days prior, I was eager to do some comparison tasting, hoping my first experience wasn’t just a fluke. It wasn’t.
I think I maybe might actually like eating cow stomach.
Would eating a Panino con Lampredotto be on your Bucket List of Things to Do while in Northern Italy’s Tuscany?
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13 thoughts on “Eat a Lampredotto Sandwich in Florence, Italy”
I just saw something similar on an old Sicily episode of Andrew Zimmern and thought it looked pretty tasty. I’d definitely try it!
It almost seems too normal for Andrew Zimmerman to eat ;)
I don’t think I could eat it now that I know what it is. Which leads me to believe that when I do travel to Italy, I shouldn’t try too hard to translate the menues. ;)
Good idea, since they are an offal-loving culture :)
Tasty! Food is such a big part of every travel experience. Eating strange thing you’d never find at home..
It looks really good and has some nice accompaniments. Even though I’m not typically an offal or stomach eater, I’d have to have one for the sake of embracing the culture.
IT is the best thing in Florence!!! I never go there and not eat this everyday!!!!
It is one (of many) of the reasons that I miss Florence!
I am a lampredotto addict. I am a foodie, health conscious and very careful at fat content when I eat something. I LOVE IT.
It is very tasty. I loved it!
We just returned from our first-ever trip to Italy and it was on my bucket list too! In fact I think I got one from the exact same vendor in the same market, and it was still 3.50.
I was surprised I like it so much too! It was salty, spicy, tender and delicious.
So funny that it was still the same price!! Happy to hear that you enjoyed it as much as me :)