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Jul 26, 2012 09:18 PM

Vini e Vecchi Sapori - Lunch Sunday- are they open?

Going to Florence in October and am trying to fit a meal in at Vine e Vecchi Sapori. Is it open on Sundays for lunch? I am under the impression that Sostanza is NOT open on Sundays at all (lunch or dinner), but correct me if I'm wrong. Also, is the pizzeria La Bussola open on Sundays? I am pretty sure it is.. Just figured I"d check on here. Thanks!

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  1. It wasn't when we were there 2 weeks ago; we had eaten there on a Friday night and wanted to go back!

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    1. re: meljohns

      How do you suggest I find out for sure? I want to go there for lunch on Sunday in October. I don't see an email address... should I just call? Do they speak enough English for me to communicate? Or should I call my hotel and have them find out for me?

      1. re: chattys82

        Yes, Thomas the host speaks very good english and he's the only person who answered the phone when we were there. Either calling or asking your hotel would be fine. I made our reservation through our hotel about a week before we got there.

        1. re: chattys82

          The online resources I see say they are closed Sunday and for Monday lunch. Why not plan to visit another time?

          I see that ZEB is open for Sunday lunch - it might be an alternative.
          I am wondering if any of the Hounds have tried it

      2. I am 98% sure that Vini e Vecchi Sapori is closed on Sunday. Other Sunday options :
        Tre Soldi - a bit further out, but excellent and worth the trek.
        Antica Mescita San Nicolo - on the other side of the river, a pleasant walk. Traditional Florentine dishes in a relaxed setting.
        Cipolla Rossa - Right near San Lorenzo. Looks kind of touristy, but is not. Fantastic grilled pork chop, among many other things.
        Zeb - modern setting, traditional dishes. Right across the street from Antica Mescita.

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        1. re: minchilli

          HI Elizabeth! I just went through literally every single restaurant you have on your Eat Florence app yesterday. It's really great! You can tell how hard you worked to make it. Do you think that any of those suggestion above are just as good at Vini e Vecchi Sapori? The problem is that we are going to be in Florence from a Sunday morning and leaving Wednesday morning, and then taking the train to Bologna. This is in October. Monday is our 1st wedding annviversary and we thought we would do a private Tuscany wine tour through Chianti and San Gimignano which is all day until about 5:30 and then for dinner that night, La Giostra. I also want to make sure and do Sostanza for lunch, as I have heard so much now about that butter chicken and absolutely have to try it! That will be on Tuesday since they are not open on Sundays. I also hear so much about Enoteca Pitti Gola Wine Bar and their Wine Tasting Dinner, and really wanted to fit that in, but am thinking it doesn't make sense to do that Sunday night when we have the winery tour starting early the next morning. I figured I'd do Enoteca Pitti Gola then on Tuesday night. Planning to do La Bussola for pizza on Sunday night, as I understand they are open then. So, do I just nix the Vini e Vecchi Sapori meal? The tripadvisor reviews just were so great and it sounded like it had both great food and a jovial, fun atmosphere. I emailed my hotel to see if they are open on Sunday for lunch, but haven't heard back yet. Is there anyone on this board who lives in Florence that might be able to give them a quick phone call to check for me? It will be on October 14th. I know this is a lot to ask, but I would really appreciate it! :)

          1. re: chattys82

            When I emailed back and forth with my hotel in Florence it took 2 or 3 days for them to get back to me. If you're uncomfortable calling the restaurant directly, I think it would be fine for you to wait until your hotel answers, especially since you aren't going until October.
            Vini e Vecchi Sapori is great- they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable, it's tiny so you end up talking to other people and the food is really good, homemade and traditional. If that's the type of experience you're looking for, it's perfect. If you want something more modern, there are plenty of other places to try. We did both and had great experiences.

            1. re: meljohns

              They answered and said "I’m sorry but “Vini e Vecchi Sapori” Restaurant will be close on Sunday the whole day and also in October." Does that mean it's closed for all of October, too?

            2. re: chattys82

              Thanks so much for the kind words about Eat Florence. I did put a lot of effort into it, so thanks for noticing! The only reason that Vini e Vecchi Sapori isn't on it, is that I haven't had a chance to stop by. I've tried, but they are always full. As has been noted, they are teeny tiny. And I"m sure it's really good, but I think their popularity has as much to do with their location (right off Piazza Signoria ) as anything else. I'm not saying it's not great, just probably not worth the stress you are putting yourself through trying to figure out when and how to make it there.

              There are LOTS of fantastic alternatives that I've been to personally. But I have to say that I've never heard of Enoteca Pietti Gola Wine Bar, and also have never heard that La Giostra is fantastic. Not sure where you are getting these recommendations from?


              1. re: minchilli

                these are english language discussion board recommendations and in the case Enoteca Pitti gola, an English website.. the fact that the reviews are mainly or entirely in English doesnt mean that they are not worthwhile to a visitor- frankly this is Florence and for a teaching session, good english skils in the teacher are just as well.

                1. re: minchilli

                  Tripadvisor mostly :) I do my research between tripadvisor reviews as well as of course Chowhound!

                  1. re: chattys82

                    Vini e Vecchi Sapori is open on Sundays and very good and busy it is too then. So well worth booking a table for Sunday lunch. I have been a number of times for Sunday lunch and it is popular with the locals for Sunday lunch too.