FLORENCE DINNER (Pick one)
Ruggero or Sostanza
Both are favorites, but if I had to pick one, for dinner, I might choose Ruggero. I love Sostanza for lunch, when it is less crowded. For dinner, Ruggero is a bit more formal? Although not by much.
But if you want to stay right in the center, and with less of a walk, then Sostanza would be my choice.
You won't go wrong with either.
Your amazing Elizabeth, I have all your apps for my travels thru Italy. I have 2 nights in florence and plan ruggero & il santo bevitore for dinner and leaning toward 2 lunches consisting of Sostanza, due G, and Pentola dell'oro. Does this seem perfect for a once in a lifetime 2 nights in florence?
With all due respect to Elizabeth, as I've suggested here many times before, we prefer Ruggero for lunch, not dinner.
We've been going to Ruggero for a long time. It is our second favorite restaurant in Florence. However, at lunch it is much more leisurely and you will hear mostly Italian; at dinner, mostly English. The same goes for Sostanza, and there, at dinner, you have the real problem of two seatings (which never occurred almost 40 years ago when we first started going).
If you want a place for dinner, I'd mention our other favorite, Vecchia Bettola, among the last of the old Florence trattorie.