In the center of Florence, getting permission for outdoor seating can be expensive and difficult. The next time you’re enjoying dinner outside on a warm summer night, be thankful that the restaurant went through the effort to get the permits for those tables!
Maybe even more admirable is seeing the creative ways that Italians figure out to get around bureaucracy. Around the corner from my house, on a little street called Via Santa Margherita, is a hole in the wall lunch spot that sells typical Florentine food, from Trippa & Lampredotto (look it up, and try it if you’re feeling brave), to Coccoli and Focaccia Sandwiches (so good!).
Maybe they aren’t able to get a permit for outdoor tables and chairs on such a little street, or maybe they wanted to avoid the costly and arduous process of getting it, but either way you have to admit that this is an amazingly creative solution. “What tables? Those are my bikes. I like my bikes with planks of wood on them, is there a law against that? I can’t help it if people decide to take a seat or put their food on them!”
Plus it looks super cool. The wood is mounted onto the bike with a metal attachment underneath. You can see a bit sticking out if you look closely..
Take a turn down this little street, grab a cone full of fluffy fried Coccoli and take a seat on one of these bikes. Enjoy this small act of rebellion, and support one small businesses’ technically legal and completely brilliant way of sticking it to the man.