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.
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.