By Paige Gherardi
La fettunta, pappa al pomodoro, ribollita, ragù al cinghiale, bistecca alla Fiorentina, Chianti, Vin Santo… Florentine cuisine is based on simple, fresh ingredients and the world has taken note. Tripadvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Awards voted Florence as the best European Food and Wine Destination of 2011, which are based on millions of traveler reviews. The Choice Awards resulted in the top 10 Food and Wine Destinations in each the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Central and South America, the South Pacific, and India. Italy surpassed all European countries in the vote, taking four other spots with Rome in third, Sorrento in fourth, Siena in sixth, and Bologna in seventh place. Other countries represented in the Top 10 were France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. While Italy is an extremely popular travel destination, it says a lot that Florence has won over other gastronomic centers of Europe like Paris. Keep it up, Florence!