By Raina Brooks
FLORENCE, Italy – Oltrarno’14 (O’14) near the Pitti Palace has an €10 eggplant Parmesan worth the walk.
The eggplant practically cut itself. A slight amount of pressure from your fork would easily slice through it. It was cooked to perfection, the right amount of tender and the skin not too tough. The sauce was easily absorbed into the eggplant with Parmesan cheese melted throughout the dish. The flavor was potent but not too rich. There was plenty of sauce, without drowning the eggplant. There was an occasional piece with a slight crunch in the skin.
The O’14 restaurant was cozy, the owner’s glowing smile welcoming. In a surprising twist, rap music from Drake’s latest album played quietly in the background.
Eggplant Parmesan in the U.S. at multiple restaurants has never tasted as delicious as at O’14. There are other places to try the dish here in Florence, but now that my standards have risen, I will have pretty high expectations of any place else.