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Looking for neighborhood restaurants in Firenze

drinda Dec 11, 2013 07:25 AM

Familiar with all the "popular" places. We will be staying close to the Arno out of the historic district. Will hit a few big names but we really like the small neighborhood places. Please advise if you are familiar with any. Grazie

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    drinda Dec 12, 2013 12:10 PM

    Thank you to all, specially Russian. Am looking forward to seeing Florence from this perspective. Anything else you can think of, please feel free to pass along

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      allende Dec 12, 2013 12:41 PM

      We like Ruggero and go a lot. If you go in June and go for dinner, 90% of the people will be speaking English.

      Ruggero is best at lunch as is for instance Sostanza.

      Vecchia Bettola is also in the Oltrarno. The last of the great Florentine trattorias (under the same ownership).

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      Russian Dec 12, 2013 09:44 AM

      All 3 below are in my part of town (Oltrarno... opposite side of the Arno from the tourist center), and all 3 tend to get a local crowd:

      Tratorria Ruggerio near Porta Romana (a hike but worth it)

      I'Brindellone (make sure you book well in advance... a local spot but very popular with them). Great for bistecca

      Antica Porta (best pizza in town... I've been to Gusta, Pizzaiuolo, etc and this kills them all IMHO)

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        drinda Dec 11, 2013 02:22 PM

        We are thinking of either Hotel Silla, left bank San Niccolo area or Hotel Davanzati Via Porta Rossa. our trip is scheduled for June. Any input in either area would be appreciated.

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          minchilli Dec 12, 2013 01:04 AM

          Around San Niccolo there are a lot of cute places. I love Antica Mescita di San Niccolo; Fuoriporta and Zeb.


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          DavidT Dec 11, 2013 09:37 AM

          Will you be staying east or west of "the historic district?" North or south of the Arno?

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            allende Dec 11, 2013 08:11 AM

            Vecchia Bettola

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