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“Hidden gem... a few more staff and it will be 5 stars!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Il Passaggio

Il Passaggio
Via Adua 68, 52043 Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
+39 0575 659639
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Price range: $29 - $84
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Brighton and Tuscany
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Hidden gem... a few more staff and it will be 5 stars!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

After being recommended this by a local friend who directs his agriturismo guests here, we finally got the chance to visit after receiving some good news in Arezzo and we pass this on the way home. Cast. Fiorentino is short on good places to eat near the centre so we had high hopes and weren't disappointed.

Tucked behind some unassuming apartment blocks off the main road, inside the restaurant interior is modern Tuscan country-chic with traditional stone walls offset with white linen and some clever lighting touches. Extensive pizza menu was dropped in favour of the generously loaded seafood dishes.

We shared a steam mussels (cozze) dish as a starter, then stringozzi (flat spaghetti-like ribbons) with vongole (lifted to another level with a dash of lemon zest) and paceri with seafood (generously loaded with mussels, clams, octopus, squid) in a rich tomato sauce. Delicious. For dessert we sidestepped with usual tiramisu et alia and instead shared an unusual stack of crumbly pastry with cream and fruit. The pineapple was lovely but could have left the apple out.

Only negative was that service was a bit flaky... only two working front of house with 80 guests and more arriving... so we had an unnervingly long wait between menus and ordering. But once ordered food arrived smoothly and tasted great. Still they took dessert off the bill (without us asking). Total bill €52 with half a bottle of wine in hand for tomorrow's lunch. So we left very happy – vowing to return again soon. Great find in Castiglion Fiorentino/Val di Chio. Recommended.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, Ontario, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Wonderful restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

This restaurant was receommended by the owners of our B and B. It turned out to be the best restaurant meal we had on our 10 day trip to Italy. Particluarly the Tagliata alla Robespierre (sliced steak with Olive oil and pepper with contorni of grilled potatoes and Tuscan beans was fabulous. Service was great and the wine advice excellent. We tried to go back the next day, but unfortunately, it was closed. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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