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Hostaria il Desco

Via delle Terme, 23/R, 50123 Florence, Italy
055 294882
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Ranked #161 of 1,949 restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $54
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Vancouver, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Florence is usually one of my least favorite cities for dining in Italy but Il Desco was certainly an exception to the rule. The food was amazing. The pasta was fresh and my gluten-free friend was able to enjoy the same types of food as myself for a change. The service was impeccable, friendly and prompt. The decor was lovely... More

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The accommodating staff, the delicious food, and the special little touches made this a restaurant we returned to. There's nothing pretentious about the welcoming glass of Prosecco, a little appetizer, and delicious gluten-free bread for me with regular bread for my husband. We particularly enjoyed sharing a steak that was expertly prepared. In sum, gluten-free or not, this place is... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had a lovely meal here, arrived early so no booking needed but would advise a booking if arriving later as popular. Good food - pasta balls antipasti very good and mains it salmon and chicken were good. Chicken slightly dry but was a barbecue style so expected. Would recommend

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

We came here really excited to dine here, after reading glowing Trip Advisor reviews. The servers, quite honestly, seemed very disinterested in serving us. One of us ordered the prix fixe special, and our server neglectef to serve us our entree. When we asked, after everyone else had FINISHED their meal, there was no apologizing or sense of feeling badly.... More

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The food here is very very well done and delicious. I had come here expecting good food but had read prior reviews about questionable service. First rave about the food. The mushroom risotto was delicious, we finished everything on the plate. It was seasoned and savory. We then shared a florentine steak. The meat was cooked perfectly, juicy inside and... More

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We ate here twice last week.The food is good. The service is friendly. My husband is gluten free. If you are like me and have a gluten free partner you feel guilty when you go out, as you either constantly deny yourself food or you eat and what them drool. HERE you don't have to!!! You can have a normal... More

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Roslyn, New York
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98 reviews 98 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We ate next door to this restaurant the previous evening and decided the next night to give it a try. We didn't have a reservation, but no problem - we were seated in a few minutes. I had the special seafood menu which was 30 euros. The main course was cuttlefish in spinach. I had no idea what cuttlefish was,... More

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This place came recommended by another shop owner. We did not have a booking and were lucky to get in. It was very busy around 20:00. Food was very good, I had the roast chicken and partner had a wild boar ragu. Both dishes were delicious. It was so busy that it did take some time for the main to... More

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Manassas, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I had read about Hostaria il Desco on TripAdvisor and several other blog, so this trip to Florence I put it on my must do list. I was not disappointed! Reservations are a must if with to eat during normal lunch and dinner times...we arrived at 1:30 and were told to come back after 2:00. No problem, we did some... More

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West New York, New Jersey
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109 reviews 109 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A small place hidden in the side street of Florence but close enough to the actions. The appetizers and the main dish (lamb) were so good, i thought i was in heaven for a sec! The service was a bit slow - but i think that might have been a standard in Europe. We got free glasses of house wine... More

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