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“A good restaurant for Florence, an average one everwhere else.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Il Vegetariano

Il Vegetariano
Via delle Ruote, 30r, 50129 Florence, Italy
055-475-030
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Ranked #543 of 1,866 restaurants in Florence
Price range: $6 - $10
Cuisines: Vegan
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
2 reviews
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“A good restaurant for Florence, an average one everwhere else.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I have been to Il Vegetariano several times over the last years. I love the people working there, the restaurant, the ambiente, the prices and the general atmosphere. It's slightly alternative, something that's often missing in Florence. This is all 5-Star material. HOWEVER: The primi and secondi are average at best. The food (except for the deserts, which are ok) is very very bland. There is very little spices added, and this has not changed much in the last years. The problem is this: there is no good competition for vegetarian restaurants in Florence, and this shows. The dishes are not innovative enough and it seems as if there is no real critic or consultant really scrutinizing whether the dishes are up to highest quality standards.

This is a shame, because: The ingredients are superb. They really are - also the wine and drinks selection is outstanding. However, the food - I have to stress it again - is really really tasteless and bland. Compared NOT to other Italian veggie restaurants, but compared to the vegetarian scene in London, Berlin, San Francisco. The restaurant would not survive a month there...

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Leiden, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Salty salty salty”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I am sorry to give an 'average' rating for Il Vegetariano. The place has a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Although the ordering is a stressful experience (you read the menu written on a chalk board above the register and have to order right there), the staff was very helpful, taking their time to translate the menu into English. The food looked absolutely delicious and there was a good variety in choices. We were very excited about this all, until tasting the food, which was overwhelmed by an over-kill on salt, what a pity!! Could hardly eat the food, so salty. For the rest, it would have deserved a high rating.

Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Most important tips for Il Vegetariano”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Firstly: this is not a restaurant setup for tourists.

2: you line up to order, the menu is on a black board behind the person taking the orders and is in Italian only (our server spoke little English and had to ask another person to explain the menu which upset the locals in line behind us).

3: the second line is to wait for your food. Grab a tray, glasses and utensils and line up.

4: its busy usually and you will need to find a table once you have your meal.

We tried the potato soup and the pasta pesto dish - but the menu changes constantly - so most of the recommendations on TripAdvisor won't be available

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Milan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I settled for an unsavoury pasta with tofu and seitan, which did not benefit from being dried by a spoonful of cheese carelessly poured by the sad woman behind the desk. My friends delighted themselved with baked cake with cheese and potatoes, which looked delicious. White wine was not very good. The atmosphere was nice and benefited from the presence of some interesting other clients, last but not least a fair number of stunningly beautiful girls.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Leeds
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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“Welcome break from the tourist trash in Florence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Good wholesome vegetarian food at a reasonable price. Even my omnivore friend was impressed.

It's a little out of the way of the central, central restaurants but is worth the 10 minute walk.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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