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Mar 24, 2012 07:27 PM

Florence--Help determine my final picks

I have some ideas after my research but would of course like input from chowhounders.

I will be going in a few weeks, and am looking for high-end, fabulously tasty restaurants for two. I don't eat meat, just fish, so need to take that into consideration. I have read a lot about communal tables in Florence and really wouldn't like that.

I'm looking for dinners for 3 nights.

I have so far:

Definite: Ora D'Arica
Maybe: 1. Enoteca Pinchiorri-- I see it has 3 Michelin stars and is very expensive. I'm thinking in the neighborhood of $500 without drinks for 2? For that price, I want my socks knocked off. Has anyone been? Regrets? Praise?
2. Osteria Personale--Read nice reviews on CH
3. Il Palagio --2 Michelin stars
4. L'Osteria di Giovanni

I'd appreciate thoughts on narrowing my maybe list. Any restaurants I have overlooked?
Thanks for any help!

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  1. Il Palagio does not have two Michelin stars.

    You are in the wrong city for "high- end, fabulously tasty restaurants for two", particularly "high-end" and more particularly because you don't eat meat.

    1. Several years ago, I had a very enjoyable multi-course fish-dominated lunch at the high-end, frozen-in-time old-fashioned Don Chisciotte, which not only didn't have communal tables, it had some sinfully romantic tiny private dining rooms, discreet service from waiters in elegant white jackets, yards of peach tableclothes, tons of crystal, silver, fresh cut flowers, tra la la. I just did a google search to give you its website and discovered that it recently renovated and has now re-opened under a different management and name: AcquaPazza.

      For what it is worth, here is the menu (still fish-dominated)

      Here is the new low-key minimalist trendy decor:

      I get the impression from the web that it has only been open for a few months so I don't know if you can track down reviews, but here's a PR description

      I've not eaten at the places on your list.

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      1. re: barberinibee

        Yes Allende, you are right, Il Palagio only has one Michelin star. But it looks so very beautiful:

        Thank you for tracking down AcquaPazza barberinibee. I'll see what I can find out about it--sounds promising.

      2. I think you mean Ora D'Aria. Yes, that's a definite.

        Enoteca Pinchiorri: I haven't eaten there in a long time, but haven't heard from anyone that they've had a knock your socks off meal there. They do have what is probably one of the best wine cellars in Italy, so if that is your thing, go there by all means. Me? I can't see spending that kind of money on a meal in Florence.

        Il Palagio is very nice, fancy setting. Formal as you'd expect in a 4 Seasons hotel. Food is good. Not great.

        Osteria Personal : like you've said, you've read the reviews (many of them mine) Love it.

        You might want to try out the new Sesto, it's on the roof of the Excelsior and an amazing location. I hear the food is very good. I've only had cocktails and nibbles there, but was fantastic.

        Since you're into high end, you'll probably like Borgo San Jacopo. Elegant setting, high end, elaborate creative food.