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Trattoria Sostanza

#142 of 2,060 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Santa Maria Novella
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Via del Porcellana 25/r, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 212691
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
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New Jersey
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place has a lot of history & has been visited by many people over the years as you can see from the old pictures on the walls. If you want traditional food with friendly service this is a excellent place to go. It is not fancy at all & they seat people together at the tables when they serve... More 

Thank Josie679
New York, New York, United States
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much better than what it looks like!! FANTASTIC food! Really enjoyed our food served in cooking stoves! Original local management! Really Recommend

Thank John R
Los Angeles, California
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429 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 425 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We finally made it to Sostanza this December and the food and service were fantastic! We licked the plates clean off the artichoke omelette, butter chicken, beans in oil, and radicchio salad. We drank the last drop of the house red, and dipped cantucci into vin santo for dessert. We walked out of the restaurant knowing that, if we make... More 

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Scottsdale, AZ
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The butter chicken is as good as everyone says it is and the artichoke tart (more like an omelette) is exquisite.

Thank dks88
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4 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Well, there's one in every crowd and now there are 2; my wife and I. I made T. Sostanza a destination while in Florence after reading a favorable magazine article and finally made it there for lunch on the last day we were there. We did not have reservations but were greeted and seated promptly. The waiter was friendly but... More 

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17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

Strange welcome! Our reservation was for 7:30PM and we (with 2 other parties) showed up at 7:25PM in drizzling rain. Additionally it is hard to find (poorly marked and poorly lit). They came to unlock the door to tell us we were early (by 5 minutes!). They then locked the door for the next 5 minutes. Service was very good... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

We have been going to Trattoria Sostanza for years and never miss an opportunity to go there when we are in Florence. In fact, one summer, we ate there 4 times in one month! The Pollo al Burro (chicken in butter) is the best chicken dish you will ever eat, but everything at Sostanza---the pasta, the omelet, the steak, the... More 

Thank AFryds
Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

I first went to Sostanza in 2014 based on a recommendation from a friend. I was skeptical when I was told by him that I had to order the buttered chicken given that is not the typical dish I think of when I think Italian. The buttered chicken is amazing and might be the best dish I have ever had.... More 

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Swieqi, Malta
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94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

Discovered this restaurant through a clip on YouTube. The decor is very basic, old fashioned but nonetheless lovely. The service is friendly and efficient. We ordered the peasant soup and a home made meat carpaccio followed by their famous butter chicken (I know it does not sound like much but is nonetheless amazingly the most tasteful and tender chicken I... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

While I wouldn't describe the food at Sostanza as sophisticated or elegant, it's really tasty and satisfying. Lunch there included tortellini al ragu, chicken breast in butter, artichoke omelette/torta (all the dishes they appear to be known for), all of which were delicious. Service was friendly and efficient as were the kitchen staff who peered out and asked how our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via del Porcellana 25/r, 50123, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Santa Maria Novella
  • Neighborhood: Santa Maria Novella
  • Phone Number: +39 055 212691

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Maria Novella

Neighborhood Profile
Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.
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