Our friends recommended this as the “best restaurant in Florence,” and they were right. It has “world-class” food and service. It also provides “individualized” service, something we’ve never experienced before: There’s no menu; instead the waiter pulls a chair up, explains all the dishes, and answers all your questions. Then the sommelier comes over and makes suggestions (from a wide range of prices). The meal starts with an appetizer course (chicken pate, ricotta flan, tripe, etc) “on the house” and includes a “little surprise” between each course and with dessert. Every dish is based on “ancient Florentine recipes,” and some of them sound weird (chicken meatballs in pomodoro sauce, spinach flan with tomato sauce and shaved parmesan) but taste fabulous. The main course is served with five side order for each diner to try. We went twice and discovered that the menu changes every day because it depends on what they purchase in the morning. Also, the owner is a “down-to-earth” guy who speaks five languages and who gave me a kiss on each cheek when I thanked him for one of the best meals I’ve ever had. P.S. Make a reservation in advance via e-mail (or as soon as you get to Italy) because it "books up" almost every night.
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