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May 29, 2011 09:52 AM

Help narrowing down Florence dinner spots

We only have 2 dinners in Florence, but are having a hard time choosing from these 5. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

1. Cipolla Rossa

2. I Due G

3. Cinghiale Bianco

4. vini E Vicchi

5. Ristorante Toto

Thanks for any advice.


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  1. Did you really mean to say VINI E VECCHI SAPORI? If so, keep in mind that this is a place for good home-cooked food and it is a smaller place than many others. It has an advantage of being just off the main square.

    As for other places, Sostanza (Troia) offers a very interesting menu that includes bistecca fiorentina, but also a wonderful chicken breasts in butter sauce which excellent. If yo are 2 people, order 1 of each of these and share. PS they don't take credit cards.

    Via della Porcellana, 25, 50123, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

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    1. re: CJT

      Yes. i did mean VINI E VECCHI SAPORI.
      Sadly, We can't go to Sostanza, which is why it's not on the list.
      Any thoughts on the list?

    2. I love it wen people post questions that are so easy to answer!
      Cipolla Rossa is an excellent choice. I was there last month, while working on my app Eat Florence, and had an extraordinary meal. Don't miss the ricotta mousse to start, served in a parmigiano basket. We also had a spaghetti cooked in red wine that wasn't on the menu, but they may make it for you if you ask.
      For the main course definitely order grilled meat. The Tagliata di Chianina (beef) was superb but my favorite was the grilled marinated pork chop, covered with vinegar soaked red onions.
      Due G is one of my favorite places in Florence. Very old fashioned, old world and few tourists. This is the place to order Pappa al Pomodoro or Ribolito. I can also recommend the veal meatballs if they have them, served in a lemony sauce. But you may just want to follow the locals and order a bistecca alla fiorentina.
      Only two dinners is hard, but at least you also have lunches!

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      1. re: minchilli

        Thank you! I was looking at your app yesterday and am so glad to hear you approve of Cipolla Rosa. I was leaning toward it as a definite & my husband was leaning toward Due G. Yay!
        We will report back on both.
        Lunches are going to more spontaneous, as we have only 1.5 days to see/eat as much as possible and still enjoy it. We have a short list to start with but will probably do a lot of snacking here & there.
        Thanks again!!

        1. re: Ruby16

          If you are snacking, Florence has tons to offer. Tons of tripe stands (if that's your thing.) and some of the best panini places in Italy. Best ones include Semel, 'Ino and Da Vinattieri.

          1. re: minchilli

            Hello and thank you again! Just curious on how far in advance to make reservations. I just tried to call Cipolla Rosa & got flustered (my Italian isn't that great). They were very nice & spoke English, but acted like I was a bit nuts for trying to reserve 2 weeks out. Not sure he got my name : )

            1. re: Ruby16

              That's because most Italians just call up and reserve for the same day. And anyway, Cipolla Rossa is big enough so that you can usually squeeze in. Especially at lunch, which is never a problem

              Cipolla Rossa
              Via de' Conti,53, Florence, Toscana 50123, IT

              1. re: minchilli

                Grazie minchilli! That was the feeling I got from the call, but I wanted to be sure. I am used to reserving as soon as possible.

          2. re: Ruby16

            adding links

            Vini e Vecchi Sapori
            Via dei Magazzini, 3, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT

            Cipolla Rossa
            Via de' Conti,53, Florence, Toscana 50123, IT

            Trattoria I Due G aka 2 G
            Via Bernardo Cennini, Florence, Toscana 50123, IT

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          1. The 2 I am going to recommend are NOT on your list, but they are among my favorite places to eat.

            1. Coquinarius (no meats). This enoteca serves creative crostini and pasta and excellent carpaccio with a great wine selection.

            2. il Santo Bevitore. Candles, romantic and great food. The BEST octopus I have ever eaten in a restaurant, but they also serve meats, pasta, etc. Wonderful presentation, flavor and quality. I recommend their onion soup as an antipasto, too. Very delicate.

            I am a food guide living and working in Florence.

            PHOTO courtesy of: www.florenceinsider.com

            Via delle Oche, 15, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT

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            1. re: florenceinsider

              Thank you for the advice. We always need a plan B andthese sound great!