Not only was the food phenomenal - the wine list had me salivating, the atmosphere was unlike any Twin Cities restaurant I've tried, and yes, the reservation was worth the wait. I found the service to be wonderful - we'd gone roughly one month after the official opening, and every single person working at the restaurant provided such a wonderful experience that made for such a lovely evening.
Many people have heard the tales of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men - all of which also originated in this area too. But it's not just the tales of heroism and the moody grey skies that fill the streets with fog that capture the attention of locals and visitors alike.
From when their founder, Giovanni di Piero Antinori, became a member of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri (The Florentine Winemaker's Guild) until now - each idea that has been cultivated is a chance for a new beginning. Though the family has ancient roots, there is no holding back their innovative thinking.
Creating a look that's more "put-together" as one might say, isn't really that difficult. In fact, it's rather simple. From looking after the tiniest of details that can make a huge difference, to knowing which colours and styles should be on your 'timeless classics' list to pull from - it boils down to five things.
By the end of my first European trip, and my mother will never let me live this down, I said, "Are we going to ever see anything other than churches and dead people?" Meaning, consistently touring old cathedrals, catacombs and crypts. Well mum, it's safe to say that I understand the desire to see all of the churches now.