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Trattoria Sostanza

#231 of 2,030 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Santa Maria Novella
Italian, Steakhouse, Pizza, Chicken Wings
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Via del Porcellana, 25/r, 50123 Florence, Italy
055.212691
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12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
It's simply the best!

The best restaurant in Florence . small restaurant but such a great service. The besteka fiorentina is amazing!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Tal L
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Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia
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  • Local cuisine
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Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The best restaurant in Florence . small restaurant but such a great service. The besteka fiorentina is amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Yup, you have to come to Sostanza and try the chicken. I have been here each time I come to Florence. I have pictures of my wife with the waiters and kitchen staff that are 15 years apart and guess what? the same waiter and chef! Love this place!

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The best butter chicken. Yes, order the chicken. This is a no-frills type of place where you walk through the kitchen to get to the bathroom. Don't let this deter you, however; the focus is on the delectable food, which is straight-forward, limited in selection, and absolutely delicious. Make reservations in advance, as the place is small and fills nightly.... More 

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Collierville, TN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Excellent restaurant. Must get the chicken. Save room for desert. I would recommend getting reservations. Place if very small and was packed.

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My husband and I had gotten reservations to have dinner here our first night in Florence. I am so happy we did. We were on our honeymoon this past July and stayed in Florence for 3 nights. We luckily got a reservation same day which not always happens we just got lucky. When we arrived, there was a very short... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We ate here on our last night in Florence.It was delicious!!! I had the butter chicken and it was as good as everyone writes.The restaurant is small and you must have reservations for dinner.The area is not the best looking but it is safe.We sat in back by the open kitchen.Everything going by looked fantastic.The chefs gave us samples and... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Only open for a few hours at lunch and again for dinner, and highly recommend you make reservations ahead of time as it feels up quickly, but the butter chicken was well worth the wait!

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Original unchanged atmosphere since my father used to eat there in the 1930's. Great real tuscan food. Only take cash. Everything is top notch. You cannot find better food in a more friendly setting in Florence. Imagine having Fellini sitting next to you....

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

DROOL....their butter chicken is absolutely divine! The nutty butter flavors and crispy skin are worth the wait! :) Make reservations!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

As unpretentious as a restaurant could get away with. The setting is beyond basic but the food is so simple, delicious and homely , you would want to go back again and again. Their three specialities are the traditional florentine steak, the butter chicken , and the artichoke flan. I suggest ordering the flan to share with some beans and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via del Porcellana, 25/r, 50123 Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Santa Maria Novella
  • Neighborhood: Santa Maria Novella
  • Phone Number: 055.212691

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse, Pizza, Chicken Wings

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Thursday
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Maria Novella

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Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.
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