Help narrowing down Florence dinner spots
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.
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Via delle Oche, 15, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT
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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!
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.
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 : )
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