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“Was I expecting too much”

Ristorante Accademia
Ranked #117 of 2,722 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $45
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Marco
Description: Restaurant Accademia is a family-run restaurant. Food and art are our passions. Our clients are a glorious mix of locals (lots of professors from the Art Academy around the corner) and new friends from around the globe. Our aim is to provide you with a memorable dining experience, whilst having fun, meeting people, and perhaps learning something that we are happy to share regards food and wine. An unforgettable experience.
Surrey
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Was I expecting too much”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

This is a restaurant you could easily miss if you weren't looking out for it as the entrance is understated. The ambience was very good and as many have suggested it gets packed very quickly - Monday night full by 8pm - and then a queue forms. This is its Achilles heel though because at the point people were prepared to stand and wait the service suddenly becomes curt (not rude) and you begin to feel as though you are a bank note not a customer. The food was good, if slightly limited, but this is quite normal for smallish establishments so this did not concern us. The food was priced at the higher end and whilst well presented the overall experience was not worth the price tag. This restaurant is a sort of weak Marmite - you will love it, hate it or shrug. We wouldn't eat here again but glad that we tried it all the same.

  • Visited September 2013
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RistoranteAccademia, Owner at Ristorante Accademia, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Bother dash blast! Are we curt? We don't mean to be - we mean to get everyone seated and enjoying a great meal. People make an effort to come - we make an effort to seat everyone. Our food perhaps is not limited but offers a varied but contained selection - beware of those that give you 200 choices! We are glad you tried us too. We hate Marmite. But we respect those that love it!
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The best pasta and meat i have ever had”
Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Our hotel owner recomended us to go to academia. we went there and took the full menu with antipasti of meats , pasta and 500 gram of Tbone(for 2 people). all was perfect. The service was fantastic. the antipasti very good starter. the pasta was the best i have ever had in italy. and the speacial tboe made my day. As abrasilian who ate alot of times in brasil various kinds of meat. Here in academia it reached into new level.
perfect

  • Visited September 2013
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RistoranteAccademia, Owner at Ristorante Accademia, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
We really appreciate your comments, especially as you are from Brasil where you know how to cook big big steaks! Glad it worked for you.
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Henderson, Nevada
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Recommended by our hotel - and stumbled on it!”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Our hotel recommended this restaurant, and we managed to find it while walking back! Lovely and charming, the place was busy without being packed. We were greeted with complimentary glasses of perseco. I highly recommend the Michaelangelo salad - arugula, pears, Parmesan and honey. The ravioli, stuffed with spinach and ricotta, and topped with porcini mushrooms is incredible, as was the slices beef with spinach and Parmesan. Very tender and succulent. We capped it off with plastic chip mousse. Subtle and delicious! Don't miss this place!

  • Visited September 2013
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RistoranteAccademia, Owner at Ristorante Accademia, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Wonderful! It all sounds great - except the "plastic chip mousse" has us a little worried - we are going to assume that your spell checker doesn't know about our great pistachio mousse!
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Charming”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is a lovely local restaurant which was recommended to us by a local resident. The decor was elegant and modern, the service was attentive and friendly and the food was very good. We would definitely return next time we are in Florence.

Visited August 2013
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RistoranteAccademia, Owner at Ristorante Accademia, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
In that case, we very much look forward to your next visit! Thank you for choosing Ristorante Accademia.
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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Recommended by our hotel as a place where the locals like to eat, we tried it on our first night in the city. We arrived without a reservation at 7:30 and they were able to seat us immediately which would not have been the case if we had arrived an hour later. Service was good, food was delicious, but the portions were perhaps a little on the large side. Easy to share a portion if you want to. We would definitely go back.

Visited September 2013
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RistoranteAccademia, Owner at Ristorante Accademia, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Fabulous! So please that you enjoyed it - thank you for taking the time to tell us.
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