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“Incredible lasagna, fantastic service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Il Desco

Il Desco
Via Cavour, 27, 50129 Florence, Italy
+39 055 288330
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Ranked #27 of 1,967 Restaurants in Florence
Price range: $18 - $37
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Incredible lasagna, fantastic service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Happened upon this place after we left the Accademia Gallery today. The owners/wait staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating to our inability to speak Italian. The food was easily in the top 3 of all the places we’ve eaten at during our 3 weeks in Europe (and we’ve had some insanely good meals). The zucchini lasagne I had was the single best dish I've had during this whole trip. If it's on the menu, don't pass it up.

All the pasta is made fresh by the restaurant. All the vegetables are grown organically on the family’s farm. The olive oil is also made by the family which owns the restaurant.

Our meal was finished with homemade limoncello that was absolutely divine with a nice kick.

I couldn't recommend this place any more.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Delicious local food with seasonal ingredients”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We have been using the tripadvisor offline city guides to choose our restaurants and found this was near academia. We thought it would be perfect for lunch. After looking and looking we couldn't find it. we sat down at another place with a trip advisor sticker but it was empty. We decided it would be better to eat elsewhere. We got up and started walking again and walked right up to il desco! We found the restaurant we had spent 40 minutes looking for. We sat on the patio and it was well worth the wait and search. This restaurant makes daily specials based on what they get from their local organic farm in the morning. We missed lunchtime but had a nice light meal of chicken on salad (made with seasonal veggies) and Caprese salad. On a whim we also ordered eggplant meillefeuille. Which was to die for!! It was eggplant slices layered with tomatoes, basil garlic and olive oil then baked. It was a truly amazing dish and a delight for your taste buds. I highly recommend it and also the artisanal beer they serve is excellent and also made locally. I'm glad we finally found this place. Great service with a smile too.

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Los Angeles, California
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“Tiny, charming, and yummy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were staying at the Il Guelfo. This place is right next door. Perfect for having a glass of wine and a small plate to collect your bearings. Really good service and the food was really good. You could easily pass by and not notice this little bistro, but it was so lovely!

Visited June 2014
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Excellent food, simple & true Italian hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

During our stay in Florence my family and me had few meals in this outstanding little lovely restaurant and one better than the other! The unique characteristic of this place is the fact that every single dish is made of seasonal ingredients and furthermore coming from their own family run farm. We tried quite few courses: the zucchini lasagne, the beef tagliata, the pappardelle with rabbit sauce and few more. All has been outstanding and the service as well is unique. Whatever you like is not an issue and the smile of the waiters comes for free. Excellent selection of cold cuts, cheeses and matching wines! One of the few places in the center of Florence where you will throughly feel pampered! Will come back soon!

  • Visited July 2014
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“Yummy! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Friendly staff and delicious food not too expensive, highly recommended!

We had two pasta dishes, a side and a salad with 2 drinks and it was great value for money

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