I spent a month in Florence this summer taking cooking classes at a culinary institute. After checking out several restaurants (mostly traditional or modern Tuscan cuisine) in various price ranges, I have to say this is my favorite place in terms of overall value. I took some of my classmates there, and they all commented that it was one of their favorite meals that month and they would definitely be coming back.
What I like about the place:
- It's not a touristy place at all. More of a local hangout. It's a deli - wine shop/bar - restaurant for a quick meal, and you see a lot of locals walk in to get take-out of their deli offering (like salads, appetizers, cheese, ham, etc.).
- The menu is limited (posted on the blackboard outside; lists about 10-20 items which include the appetizers/salads they sell for take-out), but the limited number of offering seems to guarantee freshness and quality. Everything I tried was very fresh, light.
- Price is very reasonable. For appetizer, a pasta, a glass of wine (very good wine compared to cheap table wine you get at other places), dessert and coffee, you would be paying Eur20, which is very very reasonable
- The place is run by a mom and son duo. They make you feel like you're eating at a neighbor's place. Very friendly people. However, because there are only two people there, when there are a lot of guests, service tends to be a bit slow if you're used to Asian-style/US-style service. But if you're on vacation and enjoying a slow / relaxing meal, not a problem.
I have been recommending this place to all my friends as a place to check out local cuisine as locals do it, and would definitely go back.
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