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A STONE CONTACT

WITH HISTORY
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 In the heart of the city

For centuries, historical cellars in the center of FLORENCE , locally known as " MESCITE ", have been the meeting place for locals. Vasco Pratolini describes this place in his novel "Lo Scialo" in which intellectuals and artists would come to spend their free time. Born as a family business to simply relief people, they actually realized that people were "STUCK" in Via De Cimatori  from 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 perhaps A hundred feet away. (...)

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. "

(From "Lo Scialo" 1960 - Vasco Pratolini )


Armando & michele

After CHITI's family , the first who started and changeed a simple winery into something that would satisfy the lunch break or just a snack , were Paolo and Giovanni Pratesi.
Fifty years later Michele and Armando Perrino took 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. "



ADDRESS

I Fratellini
Via dè Cimatori 38/r 50122 Firenze
OPENING HOURS

Always open
Mon - Sun 10am -8pm
INFO

Tel +39 055 2396096
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