Teatro del Sale in Florence, Italy only allows members to dine. Nightly the dinner includes entertainment. For the Goodman Giants even knowing about an exclusive members only club feels like a major honor. Months prior to the the visit in July of 2018 the Giants reached out to the club to apply for membership and book a table for six. Upon arrival each family member filled out an application for membership, including the young eleven year old Giant. The initial application only covered the Father of Giants and made it so the reservation could be made. Each Forgein Non-Resident (youth or otherwise) becomes a member for 7 Euros a piece.
The all-you-can-eat* dinner club provided a wide variety of dishes that the Giants would not have chosen for 30 Euros per adult. The family style format is not quite all-you-can-eat (that’s why the * was included) in that it really is all you can get before the other members do. Think if your 70 person Italian family were to sit down for dinner all at the same time and each dish were brought out one at a time. At times items were left for multiple servings, and at times items were consumed by humans faster than if each member were a wolf.
Dish after dish was announced by the wait staff and the Giants kept hoping for the chicken that looked so delish to be presented.
Sadly the family of travel bloggers are not able to capture all the emotion experienced by the Giants and others when the hard working staff member with Down Syndrome was able to announce a dish. The other staff member did excellent work and set boisterous examples for him. The emotion was palpable when with enthusiasm and pride this tall spirit in a short frame proclaimed his dish to those dining.
The oldest of the Boy Giants looks like he is getting away with theft because of his excitement for the fact that the water was good, self serve, and not charged for by the carafe. He calculated that as a family 10 waters were drank, and since normally the charge is 6 Euros per bottle, the Giants were able to get a value of 60 Euros in water alone.
Giants take on the water:
Top off the night with dessert and a show!
Giants rating of the food:
The Giants rating of the night:
With dinner starting at near 8:00, arrival time is 7:30, the Giants chose to skate and not see the show when it got late. Could be that the show would have moved a 6 Goodmans night to 7?! The prepping, cooking, presenting, and eating of the food was enough entertainment for the Giants!