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Ara: e SUD

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Wed, 1/23
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2018 Winner
Intimate restaurant in the heart of Florence. It offers a contemporary Sicilian cuisine, with the freshest ingredients, attention to details, and an estensive wine list from Sicily. “Even though several months have passed, I still remember the tastes and experience this eatery left on my palate. And that is what you should be looking for in a dining experience- the ability to imprint memory.” - Curious Appetite
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for something nice and open on Christmas Day dinner, found this lovely Sicilian focused restaurant on The Fork and booked it. Service was a bit junior, but the highlight is the food and wine. Atmosphere is fine, nothing too fancy or casual,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ryans69
Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

One of our favorite meals in Italy. Simple, unpretentious, fresh seafood perfectly made and served with soul. With a warm, clean atmosphere filled with the aroma of delicious food. I highly recommend this restaurant for a intimate and delightful meal that’s very reasonably priced.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Zach B
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Very attentive and informed staff who explained their dishes very well and advised on great wine to go with each. The risotto was unusual and extremely delicious. The menu was creative though each dish was classic Sicilian. The servers brought each course timed perfectly. Would...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Liz R
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is a gem! Everything is made of Sicilian ingredients of the highest quality, simply and beautifully prepared- from the home made bread to the glorious mandarin granita, every bite is filled with the flavor os Sicily. Don’t miss it!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jeanne T
Reviewed September 16, 2018

We decided that we should go to a Sicilian restaurant in Florence to celebrate my wife’s heritage. We chose a place called Ara e Sud, which apparently means “Let’s go” in the Sicilian vernacular. It is a little place not far from our hotel. It’s...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank William P
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

We came across this restaurant late in the evening after visiting Santa Croce. The meal was wonderful- grilled octopus, seafood risotto and grilled mixed seafood. Great bottle of Nero d’Avola and cannoli for dessert. Service was just as good. Highly recommend especially if you are...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Adventurer735239
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

After almost a week in Florence eating amazing pasta and steak, I was in need of beautiful, fresh fish. This Sicilian restaurant is fab. I ordered the mixed grilled fish and it was just what I craved. Modern, chic, friendly.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Gemstone4ever
Reviewed July 30, 2018

We’ve been walking by this little restaurant hidden away until we finally decided to eat here our last night in Florence. I had no idea what I was walking into. It was a piece of Sicily hidden away in Florence. Being Sicilian (Canadian) and having...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank jewelMontreal
Reviewed June 6, 2018

This is a real gem. great freshly prepared food with elegance and flavour at affordable prices. The Pasta alla norma was great, the fish excellent, the service attentive and helpful and the sicilian wines were great - there is a red at EUR 45 (Montoni...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Ducati_enthusiast
Reviewed June 6, 2018

I have marked this down to 3/5 from 4/5 because the food is very good and the wine recommendation from our waitress was excellent but if you don't invest in waiting staff you leave your customers wondering why they aren't being served. Visited evening of...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Rob B
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