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“Our best meal in Florence by miles”
Review of Ora d'Aria

Ora d'Aria
Ranked #442 of 2,850 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $46 - $183
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Uffizi
Description: If you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of Florence, take the plunge and book yourself a table at Ora d'Aria in the Via Ghibellina. Decorated in shades of vanilla, this elegant restaurant is a welcome escape from the tourist trail, and Head Chef Marco Stabile has created a menu which features the best culinary traditions from the region. Sit back and relax as dishes such as the spaghetti with cuttlefish drizzled with extra virgin olive oil; Piedmontese steak with garlic chips and panzella salad; and black cod with a Tuscan bean and onion salad give you an authentic taste of Tuscany in stylish surrounds. Ora d'Aria's impressive wine list features an excellent selection of Tuscan and French wines.
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Our first visit to Florence, and based on reviews on here, hotel recommendations, michelin guide, etc, we also ate at Olio e Convivium, Enoteca Pinchiori, Il Cestello, Il Fagioli, amongst others. Ora d'Aria quite simply put the rest to shame, primarily in terms of quality of dishes, but also with regard to service, atmosphere and pricing. We were the only tourists/non-italians in there.
I can quite honestly say that even compared to some of the best restaurants (michelin starred and otherwise) we have visited in London, Paris, elsewhere in Italy, Switzerland, New York, etc, this restaurant very much holds its own. At the time of this review, the restaurant holds one michelin star. I would be quite surprised if this is not two stars in the very near future.
I should note that we reserved well in advance, were a party of two, visited for lunch, and were seated upstairs. This gives you a full view of the kitchen through glass doors, with the (charming and clearly immensely talented) chef personally stepping out to deliver each course to your table and to describe precisely what he has placed before you. This no doubt enhances the overall experience.
We each enjoyed starter, main and dessert, with a couple of amuse bouche thrown in for good measure. The bill came to approx 170 euro inclusive of a 50 euro bottle of prosseco. Given the quality of the food and overall experience, we found this to be very reasonable, particularly when compared to other restaurants in a similar (and even lesser) category.
The food itself was simple, using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, to create final dishes of an incredibly high quality. I cannot recommend Ora d'Aria highly enough.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We really liked this restaurant. My husband has the fish tasting menu and I had the Toscan. All the dishes were good and the winelist was great. The staff though could use some more experience! We got the chef's appetizer (the small tasting before the meal) before we got water, wine or menu. And their english wasn't that good so sometimes they didn't understand us. (And couldn't present the dish propperly) They need better coordination and should make their guest feel more welcome.

Thank moksen
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

This restaurant is trying too hard to be super cool! All staff need to relax and stop being pretentious. Expensive does not need to mean stuffy. This restaurant appears to be appealing to a certain clientele who don't put food first.

The food was OK but in our opinion fiddly and over styled. The portions were also very small!

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Thank GPrender
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

There are so many restaurants in Florence but the really super be ones are rare
We are so happy that we had such a wonderful meal at Ora d'Aria
Every course was tasty, innovative and perfect. We would always come back
And highly recommend this restaurant. This perfect place is not too big
And reservation is highly recommended.

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1  Thank Henriette J
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Book ahead! We were lucky to secure the last table for the week on a Tuesday evening, but bookings are recommended at this fine dining Florence restaurant. Unappealing from the street but the dining room and cellar are very pleasantly decorated and service is excellent.
We had the Tuscan degustation menu (around 65 Euro pp) which was beautifully fresh and innovative. Don't be put off by the "fish tripe" - sounds unappealing but was delicious. Excellent wine list at reasonable prices.

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