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Jul 12, 2013 09:27 AM

Florence in August

My 12yo son and I will be in Florence for 3 days August 8-11. I had been looking forward to going to Sostanza for their bistecca fiorentina and petti di pollo en burro, but unfortunately they will be closed during our stay. Can anyone recommend a suitable replacement? Thanks in advance.

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  1. There is no susbstitue for Sostanza!! Nuff said. But try these two and see if they will be open. August isn't the best time to be there.


    1. Sostanza is unique. But I'm not surprised it will be closed in August. As will most of the simpler places.

      You may have more luck with:
      Cipolla Rossa
      Santo Bevitore
      All'Antico Ristoro dei Cambi

      Both Cipolla and Ristoro have great grilled meats and should be open, since they are a bit more sophisticated.

      1. Thank you both very much for your suggestions. I knew that August would not be ideal from an eating standpoint, but unfortunately it was either August or wait for another year.

        After looking over the restaurants, I think All'Antico Ristoro dei Cambi is our best bet for bistecca fiorentina. Grazie!

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        1. re: djonesca

          Actually your best bet for bistecca is Vecchia Bettola, which is usually closed only one week in August, typically ferragosto and the week after.

          1. re: allende

            Thank you for your suggestion, that look's good too.

            1. re: djonesca

              It is very good for many things including bistecca. One of the last of the old Florentine trattorie.

              We've been going since Giuliano Bugialli took us there more than 30 years ago.

              Loriano, his wife, and now their children, have never let down their standards. It's amazing, everyone goes nuts over Nerbone, but very few venture to his little out of the way place in San Frediano.