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Jun 9, 2010 09:20 PM

2 weeksin Florence

We will be living in Florence from 25 June - 9 July while my husband/partner-in-chow takes a course, and I need to come up with a range of places for dinner. We can't afford Cibreo every night, so I'm looking for a range of places, some casual, some nicer. Our only thing is that he simply won't wait for a table, so no reservations and gets a line is probably not going to work for us. We plan to head out of town one night to Chercina to visit I Ricchi (we know the son who has restaurants here in DC), and will likely do a day trip to Siena and/or San Gimignano, but otherwise are looking for restaurants in town. Oh, we will be staying in the historic center near the Accademia. Thanks

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  1. Be sure to do a "Search this board" search for Florence. There have been many, many helpful recommendations & comments about dining in Florence made here over the past 6-12 months.

    Do searches for Siena, San Gimignano, etc. as well.

    1. Our restaurant page now has a list of eateries in Florence which you can map vis a vis your address. May be useful in finding places. Most of the entries have opening days, web links and other info attached.

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      1. re: jen kalb
        The above is a report I wrote after a trip to Florence in late 2007. Things don't change much in Florence over a few years, so you will find this report filled with information on a range of restaurants you can try during your stay. I strongly urge you to try Teatro del Sale while you are there for a broad range of dishes you will not find in many other places. No reservations are needed for lunch there, but they are required for dinner (there is usually entertainment after dinner and they need to know how many people will be there. Also, do a search on Sostanza on this board and do try to go there for the steak and the chicken in butter sauce.

        1. re: CJT

          We went to Sostanza last night and it lived up to all we have heard. we shared the steak, chicken, fresh white beans in olive oil and a green salad. It was hot, noisy and the service was fantastic. Thanks for the great recommendation.

          1. re: florwoman

            glad to see you reporting! it wil lbe great to hear about the rest of the trip!

      2. One restaurant that seems never to make it onto these lists and that I always eat at while I am in Florence is La Buca D'Orfeo, which is a basement restaurant just at the foot of the Ponte Vecchio. The papardelle with boar sauce might have been the single best thing we ate in Italy last year. My son and I still talk about it.

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        1. re: roxlet

          I think you mean La Buca dell'Orafo...

          1. re: zerlina

            Yes, you're right -- sorry about that...

        2. When we're in Florence for a long period, we often eat at La Grotta Guelfa, via Pellacceria 1, just south of Piazza Republica. The food is good, not expensive. Good atmosphere, under an arcade so you can stay outside even if it rains. Very reasonable for fish (sole, orata). The service is friendly and relaxed.

          1. Definitely second la Buca dell'Orafo, basement restaurant teeming with locals (+ some visitors!); Vini e Vecchi Sapori on teh Via Magazzini, Osteria de Benci, Enoteca Fuori Porta and the Enoteca/Restaurant San Niccolo, and I went to a fab place last time I was there and I've forgotten the name. Also Marione for lunches.......hope that helps