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Nov 18, 2013 06:26 AM

Best bistecca in Florence

Del Fagioli, Mario, I due G or Sostanza? Will be going to all 4, debating which two to order the steak at.

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  1. I"d say either Due G or Sostanza, if steak is your goal.

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    1. re: minchilli

      What would you recommend at Del Fagioli? Any other Tuscan specialties particularly stand out? Will likely depend on our location but need to decide between Fagioli and Casalinga (weekday). It will be our first lunch upon arrival and that night we have a reservation at Santo Bevitore.

      1. re: jessicablock

        my memory fades, and my whole family enjoyed their meals, but the thing I remember particularly liking at Del Fagioli was their pappa pomodoro. They also offer pinzimonio as well as castagnaccio (never developed a taste for the latter). Good to start out on the light side on this kind of visit.

        1. re: jessicablock

          Casalinga is a bit more rustic, and definitely more chaotic, since they don't accept reservations. Also, Fagioli is closed on weekends, and does not accept credit cards. So those factors may effect which one you choose.

          But both offer great food, and reasonable prices. And both have menus that change daily, rotating through most of the standards.

          1. re: minchilli

            Thanks Minchilli! Yes steak is my goal and I'm very much looking forward to it :)

            1. re: GourmetPiggy

              It never ceases to amaze me that there is all this adoration about how great Nerbone is in the central market. And yet... there is almost nothing about Loriano's great trattoria, Vecchia Bettola. Same owners folks.

              Perhaps it is that Americans do not want to wander into that part of Florence, San Frediano. It's not dangerous guys. A little off the beaten track? Yes, but not by much.

              When I see the trattorie listed here and then think about Vecchia Bettola, there is just no comparison. It's been this way for at least the forty years I've been in Florence.

              And yes, an excellent bistecca. Can't think of many that are better including the one at one of of my favorite places Sostanza (but only go for lunch).

              1. re: allende

                I've never been to Vecchia Bettola, but will certainly make an effort to get there on my next trip. It's always been on my list, but somehow I've just never had time. Thanks for the reminder Allende!


                1. re: allende

                  One of our earliest dining experiences in Florence was at Vecchia Bettola. It was our first trip with our then-toddler (now in college), but I still remember how gracious everyone was with our wriggly child. A group of tourists, also from Massachusetts, were seated near us at a communal table. When served a plate of cantucci and glasses of vin santo, they were puzzled about the protocol. My son grabbed one of the cantucci, dunked it in the vin santo and popped it into his mouth, showing them exactly what to do.

        2. Hi Gourmet -

          You might like to try

          La Lampara
          Via Nazionale, 36, 50123 Firenze, Italy ‎

          +39 055 215164 ‎

          Unique setting, good service, and excellent steaks.

          1. Thanks for the recommendations! Vecchia Bettola doesn't seem off the beaten track at all - it's still very central. Totally doable. Now I wish I've more days to try all the places!

            1. Cipolla rossa is owned by a butcher and has steak.
              Perseus near Piazza Liberta, also butcher involved

              but if the choice of where to have steak is of the places you are choosing--- the only thing about mario's is the dining is tight-- he does have a fabulous wine list and costs less!

              but if you go for lunch-- you can walk it off after!