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“my home restaurant when in florence”

Ristorante il Paiolo
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Ranked #98 of 2,742 Restaurants in Florence
Price range: $35 - $81
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Duomo
Description: In the historic center of Florence the Restaurant il Paiolo is synonymous of romance and tradition. Since 1980 it serves typical Tuscan dishes in a romantic atmosphere under candlelights. The furniture is characteristic with copper pots, old paintings and small works in wood, all handmade by known Florentine carpenters. The staff is professional, unobtrusive and always at the disposal of customers. Restaurant il Paiolo menu offers typical Tuscan dishes; try the best florentine steak florence Bistecca alla Fiorentina Florence, the delicious tuscan soup (Ribollita), the florentine veal (osso buco alla Fiorentina),home made pasta with wild boar sause (Papardelle al Cinghiale) and finally delicious desserts that are all homemade...tiramisù is the best in Florence
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“my home restaurant when in florence”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

whenever is am in florence, i will visit this little restaurant
fantastic advice on wine, food and charming service
i highly recommand this

  • Visited January 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Italian food is a pleasure”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Pasta con tartufi..., nice wines: Peppoli, Tignanello, we all liked it
very much. We wrote down the adress to come back. Als the waieters are very warm and welcoming.

Visited January 2013
Thank Bas_v_Eijndhoven
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Always One of Florence's Best!”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Since we first discovered Ristorante Il Paiolo years ago, we always return to the restaurant on Via del Corso 42r when we visit Florence. This Florentine culinary gem has been family owned and operated for over 30 years and the atmosphere is warm and relaxed. Owner Caterina is the most gracious host in the historic district and her seasonal Tuscan menu is simply delicious. This trip, we managed to dine in her pretty restaurant three times, one night for some wonderful fresh fish, another for the Florentine bistecca of course, and a third for an outstanding ribollita, made from a recipe that was passed down in Caterina’s family from her great grandmother. When it’s time for us to return home, we are always sad to leave this wonderful dining experience behind us . . . grazie mille!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Sandra M
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Highlight of our Florence trip”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

This restaurant was the highlight of our Florence eating experience. The hosts were very accommodating and provided a wonderful interpretation of the Italian only menu. On top of that they were very happy to cook up pretty much anything we asked for as long as they had the ingredients. They even provided take out one evening when my daughter was not well, a light risotto wrapped in foil and placed in a plastic bag, they could not have been more thoughtful. The atmosphere was wonderful in this little restaurant with vines growing overhead and a lovely old lady playing hostess. A must if visiting Florence.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Esther L
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“Excellent Food and Wonderful Hosts”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

This restaurant was recommended by our B&B hosts and it turned out to be a gem and one of the highlights of our visit in Florence. The location is convenient and close to San Marco piazza. We asked for an English menu and the hostess/owner said she was it. She asked what we had in mind and then made some recommendations. Porcini mushrooms were in season so one of our entres was linguini with olive oil, diced tomatoes, and mushrooms. It was delicious, not overladen with sauces or spices so we could taste the fresh lively flavors of the food. Our other entre was a grilled white fish, also cooked to perfection. I also had tomatoes with olive oil and fresh basil, one of my favorites in Florence. The atmosphere was warm, cozy, and lively, typical of the family owned Italian restaurants. Highly recommend a visit.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Betty O
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