A time machine. Florence can feel like that at times. But sometimes, it’s a welcome feeling. A history lesson inside every doorway. Where time stands still and things are the way they were meant to be.
Massimiliano, one of the co-owners, welcomes me. A history lesson follows. Sostanza’s origin goes back to 1869; a starring role for Guido ‘Il Troiaio’ [‘a dirty man’], his unfortunate death in a post WWII bomb attack [while on his bike to get groceries]; a name change from Troia to Sostanza in 1977 [note that today most Florentines still only know Troia]. On the walls, the history is for us to see, from the family to the legendary to the regulars.
Via Italian Summers (Lisa van de Pol)