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Hostaria il Desco

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$15 - $34
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Steakhouse, Soups, Italian, Mediterranean, Tuscan, Central-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Florence Historic Center
0.1 miles from Ponte Vecchio
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Reviewed August 18, 2022 via mobile

An absolute experience, the food is delicious and they really take the time to cook, most importantly they let us enjoy our meal. I give it 6 stars ⭐️ wow 😋

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 21, 2022

We came back to Italy after pandemic, and we found out in Desco an improved experience : layout, food, staff, everything !

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 21, 2022 via mobile

We took a TA chance on this place after changing dinner plans. This was an excellent meal. The primi courses were cici pomodoro and gnocchi with a pear and walnut cream sauce. We split a massive 1.5kg porterhouse, ordered medium rare. The cici pomodoro was...perfectly cooked featuring a full bodied tomato sauce and toothy pasta. The gnocchi dish was perfectly prepared. The gnocchi was soft but not mushy while the sauce was similar to a light custard. A truly beautiful dish. The steak was well seasoned but over cooked. This is a problem for MANY Italian restaurants when it comes to serving Americans. The cooks/waiters assume we prefer our steaks on the less rare end of the spectrum and I am inevitably served over cooked meat. Portions are generous and the Tuscan house red was respectable if not a bit on the thin side are spending a week drinking Lombardy reds on Lake Como. Give this joint a go.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 6, 2022 via mobile

The number 1 restaurant in Florence. Fact! We had a superb evening as a family to the point that we made a reservation for the following day (Sunday lunch). Perfect atmosphere and decor and fresh staff are highly professional. Highly recommended. The bistecca and cinghiale...are excellent examples of local dishes.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 13, 2022 via mobile

Wow what an amazing meal! We came for lunch on our last day in Florence & are SO happy we did! The food was fresh, delicious & perfectly cooked. We ordered a fabulous wine & enjoyed everything we had! As someone who has to eat...GF (celiacs) the Gluten free options were superb! Truffles on so many dishes, great service! A must when visiting!!!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 11, 2022

il Desco is very near our hotel. We had a recommendation for a nearby restaurant but saw this as we walked by and thought it was inviting. They could work us in so we decided to give it a try. Everything we had was good...but we really loved the asparagus starter. A grand evening.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed January 6, 2022 via mobile

Beautiful dishes with lots of flavor. The black angus carpaccio with truffel was a real treat. The wild boar pasta was really nice too

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 23, 2021 via mobile

The restaurant is located in Via Delle Terme at the center of Florence. The atmosphere is pleasant with a romantic tone, perfect place for couples but also for friends and families. The basement was redesigned and it's perfect for company parties, up to 20-25 people....The food is very tasty, made from fresh ingredients. A must have is the Grilled ribeye steak with mushrooms and rosemary. Everything is made to perfection. For last don't miss the cheesecake with pistachio. Overall a great experience that will not cost you a fortune.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 29, 2021

Very nice and authentic restaurant located in the city center. Pleasant atmosphere, absolutely delicious food, great wine selection and very friendly staff. Our best meal in Firenze!! Absolute must-tries: the asparagus flan, homemade pastas and the pistachio cheesecake!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 20, 2021 via mobile

This was an unexpected gem in Florence. We booked this restaurant spontaneously after randomly walking past on the way home one evening. What an evening! The food was amazing and the staff are incredibly entertaining. They always had time for us and made us feel...like we were part of their family. We shared a truffle pasta and got a florentine steak. They were both perfect. We were also fortunate enough to have an incredibly talented 3 piece band (cello, violin and guitarist) randomly drop in to play some Italian classics. The owners are great guys and really serve up some great Italian food. Thank you for having us. It was a pleasure to be part of the evening.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 16, 2021 via mobile

I’ve invited two of my best friends to have dinner with me at one of my favorites ever. The place has been entirely restyled and it looks like a James Bond movie place. The night went so smooth that we decided to ditch the other...place we had already booked after dinner in order to stay at Hostaria il Desco a little more. The wines out of their Cantina are some of the most amazing wines you can find in Italy. The beef tartare it’s so tender that I ordered another portion. Truffles, daily-fresh porcini mushrooms, the cold cuts, the cheeses, the Bistecca Fiorentina. We couldn’t have asked for more delicious Italian food! The owners are young and very friendly, one of them sat at our table telling us stories and we were delighted! Try the cantucci with vino santo, they are terrific!!!! Number One in Florence. Satisfaction Guaranteed!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 9, 2021 via mobile

I was there and it was beautiful. The place is great and the food is excellent. I recommend this place because the waiters are friendly and they serve you quickly.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 5, 2021 via mobile

This restaurant is perfection. The food is out of this world. The wine list is outstanding. The service is the best we’ve had in eight days in Florence. The ambience and decor is gorgeous. This was so much fun when we went three days ago...that we came back for our final dinner. The Florentine steak was so good it would make your heart stop! The pasta with tomatoes Chianti and Italian bacon is mouthwatering to say the least. I can’t say enough about what a charming wonderful place this is to enjoy a perfect meal.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 1, 2021

Excelent food, the staff is amazing, gluten free restaurant !!! One of the best locations !!! This is a perfect location if you travel in Florence! I give 5 stars to this restaurant!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 20, 2020 via mobile

Really great place to eat with a nice glass of wine. We trully enjoyed our dishes and friendly atmosphere. We will come back when in Florence again! V&F

Date of visit: September 2020
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Hostaria il Desco is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5