We have been visiting Florence for many years and endeavour to try restaurants new to us every time we return. On a very wet night in December 2012 we went to Ora d’Aria for the first time. What should have been a brisk 10 minute walk along the Arno from our hotel became a taxi ride taking over 20 minutes! Not a good start!
Lovely room on the ground floor with about 6 large widely spaced tables. Ultra modern, white, brightly lit and spacious. Glass wall between us and the kitchen where the chefs seemed to outnumber the clients on the evening we were there – good to watch all the preparation and cooking.
If you take your food ultra seriously, this is the place for you. If you like to feel relaxed and prefer a little fun with your food, it is not the place for you.
No smiles from the maitre d here, which is a shame. Everything taken very seriously and the overall feeling was rather formal and starchy.
I ordered the ‘raw fish starter in 6 steps’. Big glass plate with 6 tiny indentations, small prawn in one, tiny piece of seabass in the next etc. It was placed in front of me with great precision and adjusted ensuring ‘the prawn’ was at the top, I was then advised that I should eat it in a clockwise direction!!! A recommendation too far I feel!!
My husband’s main course was suckling pig. A square of pork cut with such precision (and a ruler I imagine). His verdict – it could have been anything and lacked taste.
My main course was pigeon which was cooked beautifully ‘in 3 ways’.
We know well that vegetables do not come in abundance in Italian restaurants, however a little more than a ‘smear’ would have been welcome!
Overall, I was disappointed. The food was well cooked and presentation immaculate. However, for us the restaurant lacked atmosphere and some of the food lacked taste. We felt the wine list was on the expensive side – Tuscan wines we know well were very over priced.
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