This was the closest restaurant that was highly recommended on TripAdvisor, so we decided to try it out. We didn't have a reservation, but they were kind enough to squeeze us in if we could be out by 9:30 PM (we arrived around 8:00 PM). We agreed and were happy that we did.
The first thing we noticed about this restaurant was that it was almost entirely made up of locals. This has been mentioned by many travelers as a good sign of an authentic restaurant. There was a large family of Italians dining within our view, and it looked like they were having a great time and the various dishes being brought to their table really added to the anticipation of our own meal. Another clue that this would be an excellent restaurant was a sign stating that they would not prepare their meat well done. Being that this was a steak house, I had respect for the fact that they would not ruin their choice cuts of meat by burning them into flavorless ash.
We started with the Parma ham and melon antipasto, which was excellent. The melon was fresh, sweet, and juicy, making for an excellent contrast with the salty and flavorful ham, which itself had a lovely velvety texture similar to prosciutto crudo. I ordered a mezzo litro of the vino della cassa, rosso of course. For our primo, we decided to split a dish of maltagliati with pesto and cherry tomatoes. In retrospect, our biggest regret was not getting a full order of this for each of us. The pasta had was obviously made in-house, and we're pretty sure it contained pesto in it. The cherry tomatoes were fresh and bursting with flavor. This was hands-down the best pasta we had during our 10 days in Italy, and we are still craving it and trying to find a way to make it at home.
For our secondi, we shared a steak with aromatic butter and parsley, cooked rare of course, with a side of roasted potatoes. The steak was very tender and was obviously a high quality cut of meat. The aromatic butter and parsley complemented the rich, indulgent flavor of the meat, which would have been incredible on its own. The potatoes were simple but prepared just right. A nice crispy skin on the outside, as smooth as twice-baked potatoes inside, with a light coating of olive oil and sea salt. This wonderful pairing would convince anyone cynical about "steak and potatoes" that this is truly a match made in heaven, being justifiably such a well-loved combination.
We finished the meal with pannacotta. This was the creamiest, most complex, and richest pannacotta we had in Italy. When we paid our bill, we were offered free limoncello. We are planning to return to Firenze some day, and will probably have dinner at this restaurant every night when we do. To the staff of this restaurant, I would say "grazie mille" for the best meal my wife and I had in Italy for our honeymoon!
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