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“Our Best Meal in Florence”
Review of Ristorante La Botte - CLOSED

Ristorante La Botte
Price range: $18 - $44
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Santa Croce
Reviewed November 24, 2012

And that's saying a lot since, as is commonly said, one can't get a bad meal here!! Believe me, we've tried, eating our way from one end of the city to the other. But this little place was the sine qua non of heavenly Tuscan cuisine. We had the six-course seafood lunch --- our sole meal for the day--- and it included a delicious bottle of Tuscan white wine (A varietal; we're usually dedicated supertuscan wine drinkers, but this was delightful --- clean and refreshing). A melt-in-your-mouth shrimp and artichoke salad was followed by an even more delicious tender squid and sundried tomato salad. This was followed by a lightly sauteed cuttlefish and kale, and then a very delicately battered salted cod. Maddone!! We barely had time to catch our breath before a delicately seasoned bacala verdure appeared --- the ultimate comfort food, but still light and creamy. The final course was a roasted plate of potatoes with polpo (octopus), the latter of which was not the least bit rubbery. Il dolci was a simple but delicious crema with fresh blueberries, raspberries and pomegranate seeds. The service was impeccable but still warm and friendly, and Chef Guiseppe and his sous chefs rendered a meal we'll remember the rest of our days. When we finally stumbled out onto the Piazza Santa Croce we were out a mere 70 euros (remember: six courses plus a bottle of wine!) To say we highly recommend La Botte is an understatement!

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Thank DavidandSue1953
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

We were a bit tired of pasta and pizza after being in Florence for five days so we decided to look for steak. La Botte did not disappoint us. The T-Bone steak was amazing. My husband ordered it after I ordered the filleto and the Italian speaking waitress insisted it was too much for one person. We cancelled my filleto and ordered the T-Bone to share. It came to the table already sliced and the bone removed. It comes rare so be prepared. It was delicious-- especially with the grilled potatoes. Did I mention that despite the fact that we were tired of pasta, we wisely ordered the lasagna for our first course. OMG! It was the most amazing thing I've ever eaten. I wanted more! We really loved the charm of this little unpretentious looking place very near San Croce. You won't be disappointed. We will go back for the LASAGNE! Nice wine list, too.

1  Thank Jerry C
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Gracious service and great food in a charming setting. Our server brought us complimentary slices of tasty prosciutto while we made our selections. We shared a mixed salad with the most creamy buffalo mozzarella followed by a well executed beef carpaccio. We enjoyed perfectly cooked lamb chops: seared on the outside, pink in the middle. Deserts were light and delicious.

We had the chance to meet the chef, Guieseppe, who is a local Florentine with twenty years experience and his sous chef, Mario, who has ten years in the kitchen. All that experience showed in each dish. We heartily recommend this restaurant and its warm hosts!

With wine, our bill was about 70 euros.

Thank Wishes_on_the_road
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

An unassuming place with creative chef. The starters we ordered had unusual combination of toasted bread with crispy dark kale and bacon strips..
this was a teaser to the palate! crunchy texture with full bodied flavour of the bacon and mozzeralla cheese!

Of course we could not resist Florentine steak... all 1kg of it for 2 people! ( minimum order for this dish) The potatoes were roasted to perfection and the steak? well, you gotta try this.. at least once!

Its enough to fill you up, so no need to order anything else! the starter, 2 glasses of red wine and the steak costs 58euros.

we went lunch time since dinner would get crowded and we did not want to go to bed with 1 kg of beef in our bellies! ( walk it off across Florence!)

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Thank SQcrew77
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Trust happened on this place by happy accident, they actually opened a little just for us(who does that anymore) and the most amazing dinner, chichory flan, blueberry steak and pork medallions. Still think about it. Wish I had a place like this in my town

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Thank susi1211
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