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“Still wonderful after 30 years!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Profeta

Il Profeta
Ranked #412 of 2,660 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $100
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Santa Maria Novella
Charleston, South Carolina
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Still wonderful after 30 years!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

On our first trip to Florence thirty years ago we happened upon Il Profeta on the Borgo Ognissanti. It was a splurge for us then but we have always remembered how much we enjoyed our meal. This past May we returned to Florence and decided to see if the restaurant was still there. We were delighted to find that is is still going strong and the owner and waiters treated us like long lost relatives. They kept giving us litle surprises from the chef. Their pasta dishes were excellent and their bistecca alla fiorentina was cooked just as I asked for it (not blood red as so many restaurants serve it). I feel like I ate half a cow, but it was delicious!

This restaurant is elegant and a perfect place for couples.

We promised not to wait so long to return next time, and we will definitely be back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“If they serve Italian food in heaven, you will find me here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

What a gem of a small, family owned restaurant. The meals are uniformly extraordinary, presented with an Italian flair we would love to bottle with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Several primi piatti were the best we have enjoyed in Italy. The "Il Profeta" pasta is so good John Travolta still talks about it. (He ate here, and ordered this dish, and loved it too.) Forget John Travolta, this dish stands on its own - in 10 years we won't remember Travolta, but we will clearly remember this exceptional meal. Come. Mangia. You won't be disappointed.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank George M
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Voorhees, New Jersey
1 review
“Great Food, Wonderful Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

We visited Il Profeta about two years ago in 2011 and had such a great experience that we still remember it today. My mother has celiac disease (cannot eat gluten) and had been worried about finding a restaurant to accommodate her dietary needs. We did not have to worry here. Claudio, the chef de service, was wonderful and made us feel at home while we enjoyed the amazing food and limoncello. The restaurant was cozy and family oriented while maintaining a very upscale atmosphere. They took care of our every need.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stephanie W
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing variety and exceptional taste”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

One evening on our visit to Florence around dinner time we were looking for a good place to eat, it was a Saturday and most nice looking places were booked, and then we came across Il Profeta, they were busy too, but fortunately for us they had a place for 2. The staff was so friendly and welcoming and the food, I am speechless, it was lip smacking and utterly delicious. The reccommendations from the staff were almost intutive, we kept saying to each other "how did they know what we like" their Antipasti "Rustica" is to die for. The owner is a very pleasant lady who always checks on all her guests. We could'nt stop at 1 meal, had to go there again the following day, it was my husband's birthday, he doesn't care much for Cakes so we cut a "T" Bone Steak that day, so tender and juicy and huge, but what seemed like my week's quota of meat, was all gone in no time. To end it with Panna Cota and Limoncello was the climax!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank REN1402
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“NOT BAD”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

Too Expensive...
I went there because of the reviews
I feel its over rated and far too expensive for what

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Faten A
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