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Old 08-15-2019, 06:38 PM
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Spinach was popular all over Italy in general, nothing to do with Florence in particular. Catherine being Italian, she was used to it and naturally wanted to continue enjoying it in France. It was the French who made the association between Florence and spinach just because their queen was from there.

The restaurant I worked in some 40 years ago offered lasagne Florentine and they certainly used béchamel in that. I mean I understand liking ricotta, but spinach on lasagne or any other baked pasta definitely calls for béchamel.