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“Flavoursome with moments of true delight” 4 of 5 stars
Review of IO osteria personale

IO osteria personale
Borgo San Frediano 167r, 50124 Florence, Italy
+39 0559331341
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Ranked #510 of 1,868 restaurants in Florence
Price range: $55 - $76
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Flavoursome with moments of true delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Dinner here with two friends who also happened to be in town. Serendipity.

The food was generally very good and had some wonderful flavours. I have to recommend the amazing celery sorbet for dessert, thought the chocolate soufflé with basil ice cream also went down a treat with friends.

The steak tartar was apparently very good and both octopus and squid dishes were beautifully cooked and presented but lacked the extra wow. I love deep fried courgette flowers in a tempura batter but I have to say that these weren't a patch on the one's - stuffed with goat's cheese and drizzled with honey - that you find at Dehesa in London.

We had a couple of bottles of very good pink fizz, and four bottles of water. No coffees. €205 for four.

The ambience of the place isn't really 'romantic', it is contemporary and very clean. Great bathrooms.

Service .... well we didn't add more to the service charge because it was a little hit and miss, though the taxi did appear when requested.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Firenze
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
191 helpful votes 191 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 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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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 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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