Looking for Restaurant Recommendations for Florence in August
I will spending 2 nights in Florence at the end of August. I am looking for some good spots to eat (need not be fancy, just tasty). I have requested reservations at a couple of Chowhound recommendations, but they are all closed through the month.
Can anyone recommend anything that stays open through the holiday?
Thanks so much
re: Ricardo Malocchio
Its not the best time to go to Florence, for sure, restaurant wise, but you will find there are quite a number of restaurants open.. If you are looking to make micro-selections among the most well-favored restaurants, you may not be able to satisfy this. If you have 4 days, tho there is time to walk around, see whats open and reserve for that evening or the next... At lunch time, its good to arrive early or you may have a problem at this time of year with finding a seat.
Even tho a whole lot of places are closed for the month (including my faves, Mario and Del Fagioli), the last half of the month or the week after ferragosto (Aug 15) here are some suggestions lazily pulled off viamichelin that look like they are open (these things are subject to change). and hopefully someone with insider Florence info will pipe up
Della Vecchia Bettola (open last week of Aug)
Ora D'Aria (open Aug 23 on)
Il Santo Bevitore (closed Aug 11-21)
Il Palagio (michelin starred, totally new to me)
Pane e Vino
Will be interested to hear reports.
re: jen kalb
Thanks! We will be there from the 17-21, which seems like the absolute worst time for restaurants (even those above)!
I know I may not be in the best position to be picky, but the ideal place would be moderately priced (not much more than 100 euros total for two), more local than touristy, and representative of Florence's local style.
I tried to search tripadvisor reviews for reviews made in August (just to see what may be open) and then cross-reference them here. Here is a preliminary list. Any absolute musts go's or not go's? I'm thinking of reserving the four at the top... but am hoping for extra guidance!
Antica Trattoria "da Tito" dal 1913
La Cucina del Garga
Osteria dei Baroncelli
Trattoria San Lorenzo
Sorry to bump, but I just went through a copy of the just arrived in the mail "food lovers guide to Florence" and have a few more possibilities that I would welcome comment on (all should be open in August, as of printing that is):
I am thinking of booking these four:
Il Santo Bevitore
All' Antico Ristoro Di Cambi
Osteria Antica Mescita di San Niccolo
Other possibilities from the book:
Osteria del Caffe Italiana
La Pentola Dell'Oro
The first four you name:
Il Santo Bevitore
All Antico Ristoro di Cambi
Osteria Antica Mescita di San Nicccolo
These are all fantastic and among my favorites in Florence.
The other possiblities:
Osteria del Caffe Italiana: I keep wanting to like this, since the service is excellent and the space is so charming. But...the food is just so average. That said, I've never had the bistecca there, which always looks very good. But I'm never impressed by their pastas.
I love Pentola dell'Oro. It's a very simple place. The last time I went I had their version of pappa al pomodoro, which was actually made with more green veggies than tomatoes, and was delicious.
You may also find some of the places in the main market open for lunch, like Nerbone and Pork's.