For centuries,historical cellarsin the center ofFLORENCE, locally known as "MESCITE",have been the meeting place for locals. Vasco Pratolinidescribes this place in his novel"Lo Scialo" in whichintellectuals and artistswould come to spend their free time. Born as a family business to simply relief people, they actually realized that people were "STUCK"inVia De Cimatorifrom their sandwiches and the small glass "GOTTO" of wine.
"Wine is like Florentine coffee like Neapolitan coffee, like beer for the Germans,The tea to the British and Coca-Cola to the Americans.(...)Drink it in the morning, it is their aperitif;To a newborn child, they wet the lips of wine;(...)Drink it during the afternoon and after dinner.It's their scotch, their pernod, their vodka.(...)They invented those localities called MESCITE.(...)
The Mescita Chiti was one of the oldest in Florence,And the central place where the goodness of the wine became proverbial, (...) had kept a distinction.
It was an opening in the wall, between an engraver, a stamp manufacturer and an umbrella repairer, housed in terrible tiny lands, headed by Cimatori (...)
The counter, with its marble floor plan, almost faced the road: it was only half a meter or even from the bench to the threshold.(...)Four people and the place was crowded.There was a crowd around the counter, on which were the four flasks of the different qualities of wine that they offered: red, white, albino and morellino.(...)
The mescine is consumed on the feet,Between a commission and the other, by going to work I just left off or to sanction a deal or before you leave a friend, all the pretexts are good (...)
The mescal is a provisional drink, even if it is the third or tenth of the day, and assumes the next mesc in a different locale is similar perhapsA hundred feet away.(...)
It was in the "heart of the Flower", in stone contact with history, between De 'Calzaiuoli and via De' Magazzini, (...) between theBadia and Orsanmichele, did not stop."
(From"Lo Scialo" 1960 - Vasco Pratolini)
Armando & michele
After CHITI's family, the first who started and changeed a simple wineryinto something that would satisfy the lunch break or just a snack, werePaolo and Giovanni Pratesi.
Fifty yearslaterMichele and Armando Perrinotook over Pratesi' winery and since '92 they carry on with passion this old tradition.
"It was in the "heart of the Flower", in stone contact with history, between De 'Calzaiuoli and via De' Magazzini, (...) between the Badia and Orsanmichele, did not stop. "