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Hostaria il Desco

#242 of 1,999 Restaurants in Florence
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Via delle Terme, 23/R, 50123 Florence, Italy
+39 055 294882
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12:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Friendly, homely atmosphere

We dined here on our first night in Florence and it was an excellent introduction to the city. Upon being seated, we were given complimentary prosecco and bread. Soon after, the waiter brought us each a small bowl of delicious tomato soup! The menu lists all allergens in the meals, which is great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
amycannavo
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Brisbane, Australia
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

We dined here on our first night in Florence and it was an excellent introduction to the city. Upon being seated, we were given complimentary prosecco and bread. Soon after, the waiter brought us each a small bowl of delicious tomato soup! The menu lists all allergens in the meals, which is great for people like me with multiple food... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

From the house red wine, to the "on the house" potato soup, bread" and entree of pasta with pesto sauce- everything was amazing!! Friendly staff, timely service and delicious food. Would recommend this place to anyone who wants to taste delicious Italian food!! Definitely my favorite meal since I've been in Italy!

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Piracicaba, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It was a friend recommendation, and since it was close to the hotel we came without much expectations - the environment is small but extremelly cozy / reserved and attendance very friendly and personal. We ordered the famous Fiorentina bisteka and a superb 1.2kg delicious t-bone meat was presented to us :-) , they always provide some side-dishes (as a... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This restaurant is easy to find just a few blocks west of Piazza della Signoria. We made a reservation 30 minutes beforehand without any problems. The server was helpful with suggestions from their extensive menu, but she didn’t seem to be very happy about doing it. She was however, attentive to our needs. We were offered a complimentary bean and... More 

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hoover, al
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I went alone at lunch. There was a bit of a language barrier aa the waitress spoke no English and I spoke little Italian. So my lunch dish was a surprise - I thought I was ordering chicken and receive a simple beef dish. Nonetheless I was very surprised at how delicious simple food can be. Very good!

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I've had lunch there many times with Florentines. There are lunch specials of simple Tuscan food at really good prices and the food is excellent. At dinner, reservations recommended, there are tablecloths and they serve a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival. Dinner selections are more sophisticated Tuscan fare. The food is excellent, the service is great. It's a must... More 

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Nice, simple and good Italian restaurant in the center of Florence. I've eaten lunch here more than once and every time has been good. They have nice gluten-free options as well. Very inexpensive too!

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Florence, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We were recommended this restaurant by friends who frequent this place so we went here for dinner with them . It was tucked away in an alley opposite the Omega store. The place was cosy, the chairs were uncomfortable. The wine list was not exciting. They started us off with a small helping of bean and chick peas soup. The... More 

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DCF74, Owner at Hostaria il Desco, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and thanks for your advice about what to eat or not in our restaurant. I know you and your restaurant in Dana and I' m sorry I don't accept what you write. My father, italian chef from child, makes his job from more 30 years and I know his quality and passion, You have the same... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

It was chosen on a Sunday from reviews, and many other restaurants closed on that day. It was almost full, we had to wait 20 minutes to order and very unpleasant rude attitude from the male waiter. Only him and one waitress serving, so understaffed. Seemed to be mostly English or American guests. Characterless without atmosphere inside. After ordering get... More 

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DCF74, Owner at Hostaria il Desco, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit, but you're honest? The restaurant has 40 place not more and that night 30 person came quite all togheter, impossible for every kind of restaurant take time to prepare. Your second courses came one after the other, and at last when we ask "everything going well?" you say yes, so why didn't say nothing instead of... More 

Helena, Montana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Good food in a pleasant bistro setting. Nothing exceptional in the food or the service, but nothing to complain about either. We were there toward the later part of the lunch hour and I felt they were anxious for us to leave.

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DCF74, Owner at Hostaria il Desco, responded to this review

Thanks for your appreciations and I'm sorry if you feel anxiety but we don't. The kitchen close at 14:30 so from that time we start just to clean and prepares for the dinner, just this, we don't want that our guest leave faster. Thanks More 

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Additional Information about Hostaria il Desco

Address: Via delle Terme, 23/R, 50123 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 294882
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday 12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 17 - 39
Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via delle Terme, 23/R, 50123 Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence
  • Phone Number: +39 055 294882

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 39
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?