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good restaurants in Florence, Italy

chechechacha May 27, 2010 01:13 PM

I will be going to Florence, Italy for three days. Kind of a rush. Any suggestions?

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    ekc RE: chechechacha May 27, 2010 04:04 PM


    1. mnosyne RE: chechechacha May 27, 2010 05:59 PM

      See that line "Search this board" right above your post? Type in Florence Italy and see what comes up. There's a wealth of information just waiting there.

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        francelonian RE: chechechacha May 28, 2010 09:17 AM

        I had lunch at Sostanza today. I wouldn't bother. It's atmospheric, but the food was a best mediocre. Very diner-ish.

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          CJT RE: francelonian May 28, 2010 03:10 PM

          This post runs against the grain of almost every other post about Sostanza, including my own. What did you eat that was mediocre?? What does "diner-ish" mean?

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            uncledunkel RE: francelonian May 28, 2010 08:01 PM

            I'm curious too. Was planning on making this a definite stop on my trip next month in order to get the bistecca fiorentina and pollo en burro

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              CJT RE: uncledunkel May 29, 2010 11:27 AM

              I'd advise you to keep your plan to go there for steak and chicken in butter sauce. Can't imagine what this guy ate or expected that turned him off. Might have been an off day or just fewer diners at lunch. Too many other people have sung the praises of Sostanza FOR YEARS to let one comment chase anyone away.

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                uncledunkel RE: CJT May 29, 2010 01:52 PM

                yeah still planning on going. will post how it is assuming i do

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                  uncledunkel RE: CJT Jun 4, 2010 04:08 AM

                  tried to make reservations at sostanza for a date a couple weeks in advance, and they told me it was too early and I should call back 2-3 days before. I've seen that reservations are recommended for sostanza, and am just curious if people here have been told the same thing if you tried to reserve a couple weeks early. same thing happened for miky in monterosso al mare, but the rest of the restaurants accepted them.

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                    OCAnn RE: uncledunkel Jun 4, 2010 07:49 AM

                    I had my hotel make reservations a week in advance....

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                      jen kalb RE: OCAnn Jun 4, 2010 08:01 AM

                      I just dont think italians function the same way american tourists do. They are more likely to call say the day before, something like that, rather than lock everything in months in advance which probably means the restaurants simply dont run a long book of reservations. further, if I were an in demand restaurant that had a local as well as a tourist clientele, I would want to keep a balance between the populations and not let the one-time visitors lock out regulars. So I think it makes sense to chill and have a couple of back up plans for each of your preferred places. Italy is italy - you will have plenting of options for bistecca in Florence if Sostanza doesnt pan out..

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                        CJT RE: jen kalb Jun 4, 2010 02:49 PM

                        We went to Sostanza without a reservation on a weekday night at about 7:45 PM. There were few people there and we were seated and served quickly. By the time we finished our steak and chicken n butter sauce, there were more clients, but the place was only half-full. This was in December, however, so we were not competing with lots of tourists.

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                          jen kalb RE: CJT Jun 4, 2010 04:13 PM

                          Ive seen guides that counsel on reserving at Sostanza well ahead since some clients have standing reservations, but I think "well ahead" doesnt mean the same think in Italy as in US.

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                      PBSF RE: uncledunkel Jun 5, 2010 08:43 AM

                      I would go with jen kalb advice about reservations in Italy. The Italians are much more casual and do not get the urgency of Americans in their restaurant planning. In all my stays in Venice and traveling through Italy, I rarely had problem getting a reservation couple of days in advance. That includes the always mentioned Alle Testiere in Venice as long as I accept the later seating. Most places in Italy don't even ask for my phone number or to reconfirm.
                      If I try to make a reservation further than a few days ahead and I am told that they are fully booked, I can pretty much infer that the entire restaurant will be filled with visitors or that they have already allotted the number of seats to visitors.

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                GeraldI RE: chechechacha May 29, 2010 12:01 AM

                I would definitely head ten minutes out of town towards Fiesole to Cave di Maiano. Beautiful setting and great food. If you want steak, his is the best around. Owner's name is Francesco.

                1. ttoommyy RE: chechechacha May 30, 2010 07:42 AM

                  Taverna del Branzino. They serve a wonderful bisteca alla Fiorentina, and many other very good dishes.

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                    jen kalb RE: ttoommyy May 31, 2010 11:41 AM

                    I think thats bronzino.

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                      ttoommyy RE: jen kalb Jun 1, 2010 06:36 AM

                      Yes. Sorry for the typo.

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                        jen kalb RE: ttoommyy Jun 1, 2010 07:05 AM

                        fish sounded good tho!

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                    Donnacmcc RE: chechechacha May 30, 2010 07:57 AM

                    Fabulous restaurant-Enoteca Pinchiorri

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                      zerlina RE: Donnacmcc May 30, 2010 08:33 AM

                      Yes, fabulous - if you want to spend 250 Euro for a tasting menu - without wine - or not much less a la carte.

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                      jnwall RE: chechechacha May 31, 2010 10:57 AM

                      Trattoria Quattro Leoni
                      Via de' Vellutini, 1-red

                      Near the Pitti Palace, just across the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. Wonderful!

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                        dcbbq RE: chechechacha Jun 6, 2010 07:32 AM

                        It has been a few years, but I had 2 lovely meals at Buca del Orafo and Celestino, on opposite sides ofthe Ponte Vecchio.

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                          russspezial RE: chechechacha Jun 24, 2010 01:00 PM

                          Think about La Giostra. I have eaten there the last 6 trips to Firenze and never disappoints! Also think about Pariole

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                            LotsC RE: russspezial Jul 23, 2010 09:24 AM

                            How about some other suggestions to throw into the mix - Osteria de Benci, Vini e Vecchi Sapori, Osteria san Niccolo, Natalino and il Buca del Orafo....

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                            chechechacha RE: chechechacha Aug 20, 2010 12:04 PM

                            thank you all for all the input appreciated very much

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                              jen kalb RE: chechechacha Aug 20, 2010 12:05 PM

                              thanks for coming back ! where did you eat and how was it?

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