Florence’s First Vietnamese Restaurant
Florence’s newest restaurant, Com Saigon (via dell’Agnolo 93/r), which means “Saigon’s Rice,” offers a variety of Vietnamese specialties to the Florentine community following its grand opening on June 1, 2017. Click to see a slide show.
The kitchen, located in the entrance in order to display food preparation, is run by three Vietnamese women. Upon entering, customers will be able to taste popular “finger-food” dishes. In the lounge on Via de Pepi, guests can enjoy Vietnamese tea and traditional Vietnamese desserts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons.
Some of the popular dishes served at the restaurant include Phō, Banh Cuon, and Banh Xeo. Phō, a dish from northern Vietnam, is a beef broth-based soup with vegetables and spices. Banh Cuon, another northern Vietnamese specialty offered on Com Saigon’s menu, is a variation of pasta with mushrooms and meat. Beanh Xeo, alternatively, a rice-based crepe filled with fish, pork, and bean sprouts is typical of southern Vietnam cuisine. There are also delicious rolls with various combinations of vegetables, meat, and fish served with light and spicy sauces.
Natural light fills this intimate restaurant, complementing light-green walls and Vietnamese-themed décor. Aside from being the only Vietnamese restaurant in Florence, Com Saigon creates a unique dining experience by infusing its menu with the ancient wisdom of the yin-yang principles. Translated into practice, this simply means that for every cold ingredient there is a ‘hot’ counterpart and vice versa. It is a great choice for a refreshing meal in a relaxing atmosphere.