On a recent Thursday evening I made an early exit from a conference to decompress and have a bit of dinner, and fortunately my hotel recommended Accademia. It is a busy, but friendly and attentive, place on Piazza San Marco, drawing a crowd of both tourists and locals. A largeish bus-tour group occupied a portion of the place when I arrived, but the management had set up some partitions that allowed the group to have a fine boisterous time while the rest of us dined in comfort -- and, the group's presence did not noticeably affect service. The very professional server who handled the section where I sat cheerfully put up with my broken Italian; the menu had a number of classics (grilled meats and seafood presenting a pleasantly difficult range of choices), and the well-pleased diners who shared the space made pleasant company. I had insalata caprese, followed by lombatina di vitello -- both personal favorites -- and also enjoyed a half-carafe of good and very reasonably-priced wine. There are higher-priced wine offerings too, at several levels of refinement; menus are available in English and Italian (and perhaps in other languages, but I like to try doing the Italian version). I didn't try a dessert but others in my area seemed to find that part of the menu very much to their liking. Pretty much all the major credit cards seemed to be accepted, and overall the people at Accademia left the impression of being highly accomplished and committed to serving fine and enjoyable cuisine.
I would recommend stopping by early (opening, on this particular evening, was at 7PM) to book a table, because even in early May the place filled up quickly -- as indeed it should. Next time I'm lucky enough to visit Firenze, I'm heading right back to Rist. Accademia --
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