Maestri di Fabbrica
Borgo degli Albizi 68R 50122 Florence, Italy
I found this unusual store on a street behind the Duomo (cathedral) while doing my usual traveler activity of walking all the streets in a town or as many as possible in the time I have, last year. .
After searching 4 long streets during my recent trip, I returned to Maestri di Fabbrica a co op with a twist.
Housed on the street floor, there is a pleasant warren of rooms displaying glassware, leather items, art pieces, natural soaps and creams, a good section of books and even a wine store.
One of the rooms this year now sells high fashion footwear.
More than a Store
In addition to a wide selection of items crafted by local artisans, the shop has a self service lunch and dinner menu in the wine section of the store. What a GREAT place for a solo diner. Since it had taken me an hour and 1 gelato to find the store, I was too late for lunch. But I shall try again to sample their offerings.
For a flat fee you choose from cold salads, a soup and other vegetable or meat offerings. The meal includes a beverage. There were several tables set for 4 and a few suitable for solo travelers. Lunch was busy but not as crowded as most restaurants. I have not visited during dinner hour yet.
The first person I met when I entered was a delightful staff member who had shared lots of store information with me last year. . This year she has longer hair but is just as kind as last year. AND SHE REMEMBERED ME! I must be the most annoying tourist that ever visits Florence to be remembered year to year!……….feels like visiting friends.
2 thoughts on “Florence Co Op serves lunch, sells handcrafts”
I think I would not have gone back until I was going to publish the article. (Red Face here) So I could then say something like \”I'm sorry it's taken so long but…..\” You are braver than me!! Nice to know that you are remembered, and no not for being annoying! 🙂 I am constantly surprised be people in Italy who seem to remember us from previous visits. Of course we do \”stand out\” if we have mentioned Alaska, and we are always asking a million questions and discussing, particularly in a restaurant. Cracks me up though when they point to my husband and say \”yes, I remember this face\”. I have flaming red hair but his face, 100 % Italian that he is, that looks like every other face there, that is familiar!! LOL!!!!
shows me I have a limit on how many interviews I should do in a 30 day period! sad to see some of the vendors are no longer at their locations, stores have closed etc…. I finally get to EVERY story, just not as quickly as I would like