The Story of Luigi’s Pomodoro Spread

This past summer, Kyle and I were able to fulfill one of my life long dreams and go to Italy. While in Florence, a few doors down from our hotel, there was a little pop & daughter place called High Bar.

The place reminded me of the Stretch, as it was maybe 15 feet wide.  The first room had a small bar and food cooler on one side and 5 chairs against the other wall.   The second room was a patio type room with 2 walls and 2 open sides with plants and vines growing everywhere.

As we walked in, it was apparent this was the neighborhood pub where everyone knew each other.  The foreigners were welcomed warmly and it was then we met Luigi.

Luigi and his daughter are High Bar.  Light banter and warm smiles were abundant as she warned us that “Dad knows a lot more English than he pretends.”  Each afternoon, starting at 4pm, Luigi would whip up a snack for all.  Considering dinner in Italy typically doesn’t start until 8pm, a lite bite with our Aperol Spritz was much appreciated.

It was our second time of stopping by to say hello to Luigi when his snack for the day was his pomodoro and bread.  Fresh, light, garlicky with a little kick.  It was delicious and devoured.

One Sunday Funday, I tried to recreate it for a staff family dinner.  It was devoured and everyone said – Put It On The Menu!

So in tribute to a wonderful man in Florence, Italy, I am proud to introduce Luigi’s Pomodoro Spread.

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