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“Best meal of my life ....”
Review of Ora d'Aria

Ora d'Aria
Ranked #425 of 2,876 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $48 - $190
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, 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 22, 2013

The new holder of the "best meal of my life" award. We had the Tuscan tasting menu. Difficult to pick a favorite course, but likely either the chick pea soup or the cocoa flour pasta stuffed with ricotta. The service was outstanding. You really do need reservations and they don't take online reservations; we were incredibly lucky to just walk by as the place was opening for the evening and there happened to be an opening.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We went their at the suggetion of our Trip arranger, TrufflePig.

we had the tasting menu. It was terrific. We had a table right beside the kitchen. There is a glass wall separating the restaurant from the kitchen. We had the pleasure of seeing all the meals prepared. They are all brought to the table by Mario.

The food was very inventive and all quite good. We had something called the Hen, the Egg and then something else.. all fantastic. Well served and well prepared.

With a nice bottle of wine it was a 200 euro night.. high end to be sure, but we enjoyed it imensely.

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Florence is a great flamboyant city with many interesting places to eat. You cannot fault the food here or indeed the service but a great restaurant is about much more than that.It is all a bit stark for me and with that comes a lack of atmosphere.

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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.

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