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3 Nights in Florence

blf1908 May 5, 2013 12:07 PM

Hello Friends,

I have 3 precious nights in Florence to dine on the best the city has to offer in June. I combed the boards and so far there seems to be consistent kudos for Osteria Vini E Vechhi Sapori and Sonstanza. Please send me your top 3 picks for a mix of traditional and contemporary meals.

I have no neighborhood or budget contraints for a meal that's worth it. My only request is that the meals give me not only a delicious experience, but also a local experience (no touristy spots allowed).

Many thanks in advance for your recommendations.

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  1. minchilli RE: blf1908 May 6, 2013 08:07 AM

    I"m a huge fan of Sostanza, so there is my vote for that

    As for contemporary, Ora d'Aria, but it's definitely at the high end, price wise.

    In between is Santo Bevitore, casual with some traditional dishes, but enough newish things to keep it intersting


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      meljohns RE: blf1908 May 6, 2013 09:28 AM

      I liked Vini e Vecchi Sapori very much. I also had a great dinner at Santo Bevitore.

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        jen kalb RE: meljohns May 6, 2013 10:20 AM

        Im curious - would you call your meals at either of these places "traditional"? Was it characteristic florentine or Tuscan food?

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          meljohns RE: jen kalb May 6, 2013 01:47 PM

          (not sure that I'm the best person to answer that because it was my first trip to Italy) In my opinion, VVS is very "traditional," and what I would assume to be Tuscan. I had a white bean antipasto with anchovy eggs, the duck ragu and the veal stew.

          Il Santo Bevitore seemed like a more modern take on classic dishes, at least to me. Lovely, simple and clean flavors. I had a zucchini and cream soup, then pasta with rabbit, lemon and olives. It was the one place I ate where I felt like the portion sizes were perfect- not too big!

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        MaggsJD RE: blf1908 May 13, 2013 07:57 PM

        I regret not trying Sostanza, heard great things about it. my favorite meal was at Buca dell'Orafo. Definitely had a non-touristy, local feel and the food was fabulous. It is traditional. Another place recommended to us by local friends was la Casalinga. It looked terrific but we didnt have enough time.

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          chowing kat RE: blf1908 May 16, 2013 08:50 AM

          This isn't a restaurant rec, but a last night drink rec. Go to the top of the Westin Excelsior to their restaurant/bar. It has a wonderful view of Florence at night. The drinks were pretty good, too! I went upstairs around 11pm. it was pretty quiet (dinner stops at 10:30). I snagged an outside spot. It was so relaxing and a good way to end the day.

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            elizabeth2929 RE: chowing kat May 16, 2013 12:32 PM

            Just returned from Florence -- loved Casalinga. Would love that bloody rare Florentine beef right now. A lively restaurant -- yes, there are tourists, not all of them Americans.

            No room left for us at Sostanza, alas. I have no other experience to share except this: for a great view go to the terrace at the top of the Bardini gardens. Food is not the point there.

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