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“Favorite casual dining spot in Florence for a quick meal” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zeb

Zeb
Ranked #265 of 2,660 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Pitti
Description: Zeb Gastronomia, Florence’s unique bistro and gastonomia situated inside the old city wall in San Niccolò, is the innovation of owner Alberto Navari, who you will find dashing around the galley while his mother, Giuseppina, works her magic in the kitchen, bringing the best of Italian culinary tradition to Zeb’s seasonal menu.The gastronomia features an excellent selection of wines, pastas, pastries, chocolate, olive oil, cured meats and a sophisticated assortment of cheeses.
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“Favorite casual dining spot in Florence for a quick meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2010

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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“It is a perfect place to have lunch after...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2010

It is a perfect place to have lunch after visiting Piazzale Michelangelo!! It is small place but it's atmosphere was so Romantic!! Especially the boiled beef with green and red sauce is so delicious!! The giant pasta with pears is really good too! I really can't forget the place so I recomended this place to all of my
friends going to Firenze!

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“Excellent homestyle Tuscan food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2010

This small, friendly place is a bit off the beaten track and definitely worth visiting. It has an interesting, contemporary interior with lunch counter style seating. We are been several times, and everything we have eaten has been excellent. The deserts are wonderful, too, and the prices are reasonable. They also sell prepared food to go, along with a nice selection of specialty foods and wines. Highly recommended!

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“I don't know how he does it, but he makes...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2010

I don't know how he does it, but he makes any kind of meat extroardinarily delicious. The seating is not like a usual restaurant. He's set up for take home with minimal bar seating.

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“You'll never know what italian food is untill you've been there.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2008

You'll never know what italian food is untill you've been there.

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