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Jan 5, 2011 03:43 AM

Florence recommendations

Hi all

I'm trying to choose between various restaurants for a night in Florence in a few weeks' time. We don't want to go the Enoteca high-end route -- as it's our first trip to Florence, we wanted to eat more classical food.

From what I've read, it seems like the following may be a good bet. Can anyone help us choose?

La Decima Musa (apparently romantic)
Buca Lapi (good bistecca, I hear -- it may be a cliche but I've never eaten it so I'm happy to be cliched. Plus it has a truffle menu, and I think it's a good time of year for truffles)
Vini e Vecchi Sapori (simple and traditional)
Osteria delle tre panche (some very good reviews, but the chef proprietors have moved to San Diego so I'm not sure if it's still great; plus my wife is a bit dubious about going somewhere so small and having to share would only be worth it if the food is stellar)

Any advice v gratefully received

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    1. Our Firenze favorites are:
      Sostanza, mentioned above
      Trattoria Mario near the market for lunch, fabulous veal chop
      Trattoria Sergio Gozzi also near the market, I can still taste the veal chop
      Garga for a creative dinner that will knock your socks off
      Trattoria Cammillo for an excellent dinner
      Firenze is one of our favorite cities in the world. So walkable and friendly.

      1. re: Motosport

        I'd also agree with Cammillo. We started with a simple plate for lardo and bread. For main courses, I had a plate of lightly fried veal brains with fried zucchini flowers while my fiance went with Pasta ai funghi Porcini. Both were sensational. And the server even checked with me to be sure I knew what I was ordering. I guess brains aren't on the normal order list for most Americans!!!

        1. re: Db Cooper

          Damn, so many excellent things to eat, and only one night to eat them!! I am veering towards Sostanza on the grounds that if there's one thing we should eat in Florence, it's bistecca (even more than truffles...). But Cammillo's veal brains sound fantastic. I guess that no-one has a view on Osteria delle tre panche, then....

          1. re: slhilly

            I didn't eat at Osteria delle tre panche so I can't comment.

            You are correct in saying if there is one thing you are going to eat, it should be the bistecca because you can't find that breed of beef anywhere else. Both Sostanza and Camillo have it on the menu. Sostanza focuses almost exclusively on the steaks and the chicken in butter sauce. You are hardly see anyone order anything else. Camillo has a wider menu with more options and you'll see people ordering a wider variety of food. But both restaurants have bistecca and the menu.

            Here's the thing, you can't go wrong with either of them. You're going to be eating better on that night than most people so know that which ever one you choose, it will be fantastic. Enjoy your trip and next time, plan to spend a few extra days in Florence and the surrounding hills of Tuscany!

    2. Buck lapi is an experience never to be forgotten. Antinori wines, some of which you will never taste anywhere else,sublime bistecca and, oh, the truffles! We treated our son, a beef lover who shares our love of the finest of food on our last trip. He just made the trip from
      Rome to Florence between Christmas and the New Year specifically to eat at Buca Lapi. He related that he was not disappointed...again one of the finest meals he has had anywhere. Please do not miss this gem.