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“Creative Osteria” 4 of 5 stars
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IO osteria personale
Borgo San Frediano 167r, 50124 Florence, Italy
+39 0559331341
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Ranked #443 of 1,994 Restaurants in Florence
Price range: $55 - $76
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Firenze
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162 reviews 162 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
“Creative Osteria”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Florence is the capital of turistic restaurants and having an osteria in the left Bank that escapes from the ubiquitous recipes of the region is a kind of miracle.
The menu is not divided into starter and main courses, but basically everything can be What you want to be (probably the reason Why io, personal osteria).
The decor of the room is ok, anything too cosy or special, but even anything wrong, may be a little luckying of privacy.
The food is a kind of creative/moder maybe not super special but the chance to choose between meat and fish is quite rare in town and some inedited combinations make this restaurant a good choice among the numerous tourist traps

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bruxelles, Belgique
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A topper: nice atmosphere, great tastes and personal service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We enjoyed this restaurant very very much!
It's located a bit outside the touristic zone but is certainly a top restaurant in Florence.

I would highly recommend to book in advance.

They served tasting menu, where you we could try several dishes in small portions.
You can choose to have 3 or 4.
Sure enough to eat ;)

They also have a great winelist and the Spumante was delicious.

The atmosphere is quite modern, but intimate. We enjoyed our little table next to the bar.

  • Visited May 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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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Exceptional dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Situated outside the main tourist drag in Florence, this food here is well worth the charming walk alongside the river Arno to get to it. A small and intimate place tucked away in a quiet street, the quality of the food and charming understated service made this a memorable meal and a fantastic evening out. The menu is not the usual tourist fayre and provides innovative eating which makes a wonderful change in such a touristy city and is appreciated by people who take food seriously. The beef cheek was delicious and was wonderfully complemented with the choice of interesting deserts. I chose the chocolate mouse with balsamic ice cream and was not disappointed.We were very impressed and will definitely visit again.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“We loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

The food was inventive, delicious and throroughly enjoyable. The service was attentive and knowing. We would go back in a flash. Excellent and reasonably priced vino. Our best meal in Firenze.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Amazing find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This was without a doubt the best restaurant we visited on our recent trip to Florence. Its a small restaurant, full of local people. The service was brilliant and the food was exceptional.
What an amazing night we had, one not to be forgotten

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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