baccelli e pecorino - raw fava beans and pecorino cheese
there are few things that herald spring in florence like this simple dish. especially because eating fava beans raw requires that they are young. in a few months the beans become too large and are covered in a thick skin that is unpleasant to eat. at this point they can of course be peeled. (a thankless task performed in restaurants when the head chef hasn't had the time to change the menu yet...) i've seen florentines almost in tears in anticipation of this dish... and the the accompanying spring.