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“Delightful dinner in Florence” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cacio Vino Trallalla'

Cacio Vino Trallalla'
Borgo SS. Apostoli 29R, 50123 Florence, Italy
+39 055 215558
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Ranked #8 of 1,983 Restaurants in Florence
Price range: $13 - $43
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Tiny Tuscany Bistrot, close to Ponte Vecchio, just four tables...All tuscany specialties, 25 kind of wines, local brewed beer, characteristic dishes, unpasteurized cheeses, "Cinta Senese" meat.. Truffle exclusive menu. Jazz Music
Melbourne, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Delightful dinner in Florence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We arrived in Florence in the late afternoon transitioning from Cinque Terre (beautiful). Florence in 37 degrees C is HOT. After managing a few late siesta z's we booked this restaurant - off the recommendations off Tripadviser. We booked for 9pm. A hot bus trip in (still well over 30) and a struggle to find this lovely place only added to a great night. We arrived at about 9:35 pm (but did phone that we were running late because of the bus).

Well - stepping into this little gem was like coming home. Several slightly pushy people dived in before us and we ushered away due to lack of space. Yet there was our table (one of only three) still kept for us - that was amazing !

The hosts of Cacio Vino Trallalla' are a delightful, helpful and knowledgeable couple.

The food was sensation. Entrees of carpaccio (beef and pork) were just sensational. Buffalo mozzarella - fresh as fresh was great. All with lettuce and tomatoes that you have never tasted before.

The mains a tasting plate of mixed cold meats - around 7 - and all from the same type of porker - as explained the white pig with the black band (or visa versa) . Cinta Senese - read below. Included too was some beer jelly - amazing and wonderful cheeses. This dish was a fantastic way to taste many flavours.

Finally a plate of pesto lasagna - because the cool peeps on the other table recommended as terrific. We were not disappointed. The freshest, tastiest pesto with perfectly cooked lasagna. Perfect.

To wash this down - the charming host (mr host - I'm embarrassed to say I did not get the gentleman's name) - a lovely dark beer was suggested - yum - and a light red from Pitiligano - where we'd been - and it was again - perfect.

Excuse the long review but - I would be remiss in not commenting on the hosts. The couple in this gem were simply warm, giving, funny, charming.

Go, book (or you'll miss out) and enjoy.


[ The Cinta Senese breed owes its name to its black coat with a white sash (called a cinta in italian) that runs across its shoulders, sides and front legs. Medium in size (adult pigs run between 160-200 kgs in weight), it has sturdy limbs, long ears that cover and protect its eyes from branches and a long snout with a very thick grout that allows it to dig in the dirt at ease. These characteristics allow it to live as a free range animal in the woodlands of Tuscany.

The breed is native to this region and dates back probably prior to the middle ages. A cinta pig is depicted in the fresco by Ambrogio Lorenzetti dating back to 1337 (called the “Buon Governo” – see the photograph) in the Palazzo Comunale in Siena’s Piazza del Campo. It was a popular farm animal probably due to its heartiness and easy adaptability to all types of areas.

This breed is now off the endangered species list and its meat was recently awarded the DOP classification from the european community as a product of high quality tightly tied to tradition and is now listed among those culinary excellencies that render tuscany and italy so famous around the world.

The DOP is reserved to the meat obtained from animals of pure Cinta Senese breed with certified origins that can only be raised in Tuscany and must be free range and fed with a combination of natural grazing and pelletted cereals that are guaranteed as free from all genetic modifications. The piglets are certified just after birth and provided with an ear tag that lists their genetic background.]

  • 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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San Francisco, California
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“Charming Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We really loved the food and the ambiance of this little place. We are vegetarians and the lovely owner from Naples guided us to terrific choices. She was the absolutely warm and delightful--just what you think of as the best of Italy. Definitely try the fresh mozzarella that she brings from Naples!

  • Visited April 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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Toronto, Canada
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“Definitely the best in Florence and one of the highlights of our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

A most surprising and delightful discovery. It is extremely small (only 3 tiny tables with a couple of bar seats) and reservations are a must, but don’t be put off by that because the experience is definitely worth it. On our first visit we didn’t have reservations but we were accommodated anyway. The restaurant is run by a husband & wife team and both of them are warm, very friendly and they have a lovely sense of humour. We started off with a selection of salami and cheeses plate, which was simply magnifico—everything was sourced locally, light and yet flavourful. If we hadn’t already ordered entreés I would’ve ordered a 2nd plate! For our mains I had the tortellini with ragu. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the ragu was tender, juicy and exploded with all sorts of delightful flavours. My husband had a pesto lasagna, which was simply the best Italian dish he had ever eaten. The noodles were cooked to a melt in your mouth creamy consistency with besciamella. Combined with the undescribably delicious pesto sauce, this must surely be the restaurant’s signature dish. We enjoyed our experience so much that we immediately made reservations for three nights later. For our second visit, we shared a plate of bresaola (cured raw beef, or a beef version of prosciutto) with salad. The beef was lean and yet buttery tender; it had a very distinctively sweet musky taste. For pastas, it was my husband's turn with the tortellini while I ordered the rotini with shrimp & radish—again, a light dish that bursts with flavours. The best thing about eating here was that it was like visiting the home of a good friend (who happens to be a great cook). The second best thing was the prices—unbelievably cheap by Florence standards or anywhere else’s. Anyone visiting Florence absolutely must eat here.

  • 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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“Simply delightful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

What a delightful and delicious littlerestaurant this is! What a shame we didn't find it until the end of our stay. Book as soon as you arrive and experience authentic Italian food. Right from the moment you enter this tiny spacd - seats 12 at squeeze, you know you will experience something wonderful. The warmth and sincerity of the welcome, the menu delivered orally along with explanation and the cosy seating is just the opening of a glorious evening. The food was superb. A variety of bruchetta to start followed by ricotta and spinach raviolli and meat lasagne. All freshly prepared and perfectly cooked. Dessert was a homemade cheesecake and chocolate selection presented together on a wooden platter. A delightful ending served with a sweet wine, an excellent accompaniment. Excellent value. Best dinner in Florence! A must do. Highly recommended.

  • 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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“Great service and good food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I were very lucky to eat here. We actually did not have a reservation and was roaming around the area around 1745 when we met up with the shop owner. We told him that we did not manage to secure a reservation but he was very kind to accomodate us if we agree to return at 1900. For anyone checking this review, you should get a reservation. We were very lucky.

We promptly return back and was greeted by the lady boss. Both owners are very friendly and it reminds me of a homely atmosphere. I had sliced pork and salad while my wife had pasta with tuna and olives. While i dont know if it is authentic tuscan, it is definitely very delicious! i also had a very fruity and full white wine. Ask for their recommendation!

We then had some strawberry cake that waa pretty good. Here comes my tourist silliness. i saw a nice bruscetta on the other table and wanted to eat it. I was teases for eating an antipasto after dessert. haha. It turned to be my favorite dish!

Everything we ate (2 dishes, 2 antipasta, 1 wine, 1 slice of cake, mineral water) costs us 30 euros. Very cheap meal for the quality and warm treatment!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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