Florences top restaurants for splurge meal?
Heading to Firenze in early May and am wanting suggestions and reviews of best meals for one or two splurge dinners. Considering the following:
-Il Sant Bevitore
I want seriously experiences for all or any of these places, good or bad! The reviews I read are so, so mixed that I am boggled!! We are true enjoyers of fine food, I myself being a chef in NOLA. One peeve is fine dining with a speck of food on an enormous plate. and not a big fan of a seven or eight course tasting menu.
If I'm paying top dollar, I want to leave satisfied!
so, all being said, Please help us with your ideas .Thanks!
I've never been a fan of Cibreo. It's a charming atmosphere but my feeling is that he takes extremely simple, rustic food, prepares it earlier in the day, then reheats it and puts it on a plate for an extraordinary amount of money.
I love Santo Bevitore, esepcially the two smaller dining rooms which are a bit more relaxed and quiet. The food is inventive, with out being overly stuffy, and they have a great wine list. But its not really a splurge dinner.
well- i adore cibreo-- but it is not a "normal" restaurant-- no pasta and no steaks for things cooked to order-- he takes mom food to a restaurant level. fabulous wine cantina. i consider it our chez panisse- normally i place i take chefs when i am touring. the food is the same but half the price in the trattoria ( a few less things on the menu)
we have Ora di Aria-- michelin star chef---
sometimes i think that the simple classics are where tuscan food shines-- like trattoria Sostanza.
( i worked as a pastry chef in a 5 star hotel in san francisco before moving here in 1984)
Cantinetta Antinori is a classic---
Thank you all for the advice and opines.
I feel that I have a good grasp on my Firenze dining, and now, I am onto my country and day trip choices.
Will be in Greve as a base for 6 days and will day visit:
-Montepulciano and Pienza
- Radda, Castellina, Gaiole
Once again , looking for the best in these places, all lunches, farm to table, etc. Food style not such a concern, just looking to have memorable lunches