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Get Thee Behind Me, Forese Donati

Bistecca fiorentina, Buca Mario restaurant, Florence

This is a placeholder; my laptop is almost out of power, and I have to go to a store tomorrow to find a power converter for it so I can blog. I wanted to send word, though, that my friend Casella and I enjoyed a fantastic dinner on our first night in Florence. That’s bistecca fiorentina, Tuscan white beans in olive oil, and a Brunello di Montalcino. We also had pappardelle with cinghiale (wild boar) ragu, and a salad of fresh sliced porcini mushrooms, shaved Pecorino, and a kind of greens we couldn’t quite identify. The restaurant was Buca Mario, which has been there since the 1880s. I couldn’t possibly recommend it more highly.

We talked about treason in Dante. On the way back, we passed by the Donati family tower, and I thought about poor Forese Donati, starving in Purgatory to reform his gluttonous disposition.

More tomorrow when I have power again.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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