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Alle Murate in Florence - worth it or no?

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LVATarget1 Jul 16, 2007 12:48 PM

Looking for a "blow out" dinner in Florence. Alle Murate looks interesting, but how is the food? I understand it is not inexpensive (200E for 2 (?)), which is fine if the food quality and dining experience warrant it. Can anyone who has been since they moved to via Proconsolo shed any light?

Also note that Il Ritrovo, which was once all the rave on this board, is no longer mentioned. What happened?

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    deangold Sep 2, 2007 09:40 AM

    My favorite for a "blow out" dinner in Firenze would be I Giovanni. Giovanni is one of the son's from the Lantini family now out on his own. The place is very hip and stylish. The kind of place youg hip Florentines take their parents to (when dad is buying!). The food starts out with traditional dishes and makes them with impeccable ingredients and presents them in a stylish but not over the top fashion. We ahd a lunch before the opera there and all of our dishes were superb. Good seafood and meat elements which is rare in Florence. Great wine list. Its on Via del Moro. With superb iwine, the cost should come in at under €200 for 2. We spend €90 for 2 courses each, good wine by the glass and a great shot of single malt (Coal Ila which apparently was rederved for Il Patrone but since I recognized it for what it was they were all too happy to open the bottle and pour me a wee dram).

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      gregorio1 Sep 2, 2007 12:31 PM

      I have been to Alle Murate 2 times, but it has been 6 or 7 years since my last visit. I was in I' Cche' c'è c'è this last spring. I remember Alle Murate thus: Spare interior, comfy but not super plush. Not antique-y; more modern. Chef is a woman, which was/is considered quite remarkable. She came to our table both times to chat about the food and explain what she was making for us. They had two types of prix fixe menus. The first is a "Tuscan Menu", the second, for want of a better name, is "Chef's Surprise". Both times we got the second, not out of any distaste for Tuscan cuisine -- which I like very much -- but only because we had heard quite good things about the chef. I remember a delicious stuffed pasta, about the size of tortelli or capellaci. At first we couldn't place the filling, but then we got it: ground spring peas. I had never had peas as a pasta filling before and I have to say, it was delicious. the other standout was a very nice beef in Brunello. Oh, one other thing: the men and women got different menus. I mean, even if you and your spouse/significant other/friend order the same type of menu, you will get different dishes. Go figure. Wine list was good, but not cheap.

      I ate at I' Cche' c'è c'è last spring, but I am sorry to say I cannot remember it well enough to give any guidance.

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        sabrosina Sep 3, 2007 08:23 PM

        Villa San Michele. On a hillside right outside Florence.. overlooking the city and the Duomo. Four courses, four friends shared. None disappointed. Simple but very elegant Italian food. Service was attentive without hovering,

        Yes, its a hotel.. a very high end small boutique hotel. Very romantic, and very worth the price.

        http://www.villasanmichele.com/web/ov...

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      LVATarget1 Aug 31, 2007 01:07 PM

      Thanks all. Having not received prompt acclimation, had already crossed Alle Murate off the list. Will follow Jen's and Erica's advice to "go local." Il Guscio does look nice. Will report back when we return.

      Sorry to hear about Il Ritrovo. Marco was a true character and put out a very nice meal.

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        DexterDog Aug 31, 2007 04:27 PM

        Also grateful, seeing as we were going to make a reservation on the strength of the Lonely Planet write up and how spectacular the Pallazzo dell'Arte dei Giudici e Notai venue looked on their website.

        Does anyone have a view on I' Cche' c'è c'è?

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        blister Aug 31, 2007 11:40 AM

        I just got back from a trip to rome, venice, and florence. To celebrate our anniversary, my wife and I ate a "high end" dinner at Rossini's in Florence. The service was great, the wine list deep, and the food wonderful. Definitely worth the price for a special occassion but as jen wrote on this board not the most authentic florentine dinner. BTW, She had the red mullet and I had the grilled beef tagliata - delicious!

        1. erica Aug 31, 2007 08:30 AM

          Alle Murate is not known for Tuscan food...I believe the owners are from the south..Basilicata. Wouldn't you want to eat more local cuisine?

          I am a big fan of Il Guscio..I wrote it up in my little food report early in 2006...we te there twice in a week we liked it so much. 100 Euro would cover a great dinner for two, more if you go upscale on the wines..

          1. jen kalb Aug 30, 2007 06:18 PM

            Florentine food is essentially a plain cuisine - meat - beans - vegetables, mainly.

            There are some "fancy" restaurants in Florence - Il Pinchiorri, etc. - but they are not particularly florentine. Our experience going upscale on our last visit yielded the least satisfying meal of the trip - its not a good idea to go against the grain of a place. Do a search and you will find reviews of some of the more recommended places - as I recall, La Giostra was one.

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              MunkeeCIAO Aug 31, 2007 07:38 AM

              yes, there is a ton of great Florence info on this board.

              Here's one:

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/395514

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            2. erica Aug 30, 2007 12:25 PM

              Il Ritrovo changed owners a few years ago. I have not read anything about the place since then. I am not sure that I would agree that Florence is the place for a hugely expensive dinner...at that price point you might be surrounded by fellow tourists...

              1. DexterDog Aug 28, 2007 03:18 PM

                I'm on the same mission - how good is the food and how much?

                You don't seem to have had much luck in your appeal to Chowhounders - have you picked up any info elsewhere that you can share?

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