Florence, Italy | Trattoria ZaZa

There are so many wonderful benefits to traveling. If you've ventured out much into this vast world of ours, you'll know what treasures await you in new cultures: quirky sayings...interesting style...unique approaches to religion, family, dating, and every other facet of life that our home cultures view so differently. While I love discovering those in every place we go, I also really just love to go for the food. There, I said it. When we went to Florence the other week, I was a bit determined to take everyone to Trattoria ZaZa.

Will I be bold enough to claim it as "the best restaurant in Florence?" No.... because, unfortunately, I haven't eaten in all of the restaurants in Florence. Though it's a goal I hope to accomplish.

I can say it is a place that is always delicious, well-located to a day's trip to the city, and a crowd-pleaser.

Plus, it's really sentimental to me. I spent time there in college with my friends (now sister-in-law), I went on dates there (with my then boyfriend), I've eaten many meals with my family there throughout the years...and now Tyler & I have our own handful of special memories together there. The bruschetta is great.

The truffle ravioli is fantastic.

The ribollita is a Tuscan treat that I never miss. Ribollita = minestrone soup with bread cooked into it. It's a hearty soup that Italian farmers would make to use day old bread...I'm not going to lie, it's fantastic.

the crew: stephen, megan & corey (liz's main man)

So there you have it: One solid recommendation for a very tasty meal in Florence, Italy. {Editor's Note: Reservations for dinner not required, but highly suggested!}

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy