We just returned from dinner at Trattoria Armando and I have to honestly say I am really bummed I wasted a meal in Florence at this establishent. After three spectacular dinners in other trattorias we walked away from this place really disappointed. The energy in the room is very off - although it was filled mostly by Italians - there was little warmth or ambiance. Our primary waiter was not overly friendly or rude - he was neutral. However, he struggled to make any recommendations and it seemed like he couldn't get away from our table fast enough. Our starter of pecorino cheese with mushrooms and potatoes was very good but it was all down hill from there. My pasta with eggplant was watery and bland with the pasta over-cooked. My companion's ravioli was really under seasoned - as was his chicken meatball entree. My main of pork tenderloin with onions was cooked with a cold red center - which I found really unappetizing. The wet breadcrumb coating had no flavor at all nor did the oily pile of onions on my plate. I eat all over the world, and am an avid cook, and honestly I have to say I have never seen pork served served so rare - pink I get - but cold red not so much. No one checked to see how our meals were after they dropped them off. In fact we didn't see a server again for a long while. Another server did end up taking my entree off the bill when she saw I did not eat it - but at that point it was too late. Except for this kind gesture the service was consistently inattentive - no inquired if we wanted another bottle of wine when we finished the first or really seemed to care that we were there at all. This seems strange since they proudly display their trip advisor certificate of quality in the center of their restaurant. Perhaps they were having an off night. I own a small business - so I hate writing negative reviews. But after traveling a quarter of the way across the world for a dining experience, and relying on high trip advisor ratings, I was sorry I wasted a dinner at Trattoria Armando.
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