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“A jewel in the city of Florence” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Il Desco

Il Desco
Via Cavour, 27, 50129 Florence, Italy
+39 055 288330
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Ranked #24 of 1,970 Restaurants in Florence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“A jewel in the city of Florence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We came across Il Desco purely by chance as we were travelling around Firenze, and it was one of the highlights of our time in here.

The young owner/proprietor was instantly likeable, friendly and very knowledgeable.

We paid 15 euros each for three wines that he selected and a platter of local produce that was carefully selected to accompany each wine. The wines were beautiful and all carefully served at the correct temperature and the food was delicious, again some of the best we tried in Firenze.

This was the best wine tasting experience I have been to and made all the better by the owner's knowledge and insight into both the food and wine selection. All of this was managed without being in any-way over-bearing or trying to sell us costly extras, which was very refreshing.

Il Desco was one of our personal high-lights in this wonderful city and a model example of how to create something special, with a local feel and bags of style. There was nothing cheap or touristy about any part of this establishment.

I would recommend the wine tasting and the food here and this gem in the Florence crown.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great place not crowded with tourists!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Fresh local food prepared and served by friendly Florentines. On a good route from the duomo to San Marco.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Delicious, local produce”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We ate lunch here almost every day that we were in Florence. The staff are so helpful and the food is fresh, delicious and from their farm in Tuscany. We had the address as 55 Via Cavour.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great lunch.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This spot is so great. Small and intimate with great food at a reasonable price. Friendly and fast, it's a great stopping place for some wine and more. Dinners look good here, too!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Check Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We really wanted to visit this restaurant because of reviews here and our preference for vegetarian cuisine. However, the map on trip advisor shows it right on Piazza San Marco. There is a Via Cavore 55 there but it was not the restaurant and nobody we asked seem to know about it). The restaurant website indicates it is two blocks closer to the Duomo - 55R. Maybe will try again tomorrow.

Visited July 2013
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bistrotildesco, Food &Beverage Mngr at Il Desco, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Hello...
Thank you for giving us the occasion to clarify where we are located:
Walking from Piazza San Giovanni (the cathedral square) toward Piazza San Marco, we are on the left hand side of the street at the beginning, called Via Martelli, then Via Cavour, at the civic number 55 RED. As in Florence we have red and black numbers, maybe it would be easier if you look for the 27 BLACK and 29 BLACK: We are between them.
Hope to welcoming you here today,
my kindest regardes.

Shams Shahidi
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