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“Great Tuscan dining experience..A ton of locals...”

Antica Trattoria da Tito
Ranked #130 of 2,909 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Marco
Reviewed May 18, 2013

We were staying at a local B&B a few doors down (80 Via Gallo). The owner of the b&b told us to try the night before but when we showed up at 9:45 they asked us if we had reservations.. Place was mobbed..(Locals mostly.). We had to get a early reservation at 8PM..(Love Italians..He apologized because he could only give us the early seating..Too funny..When we left at 10 the place had line out the door).
We were seated immediately and the first sign we see on the wall is " do not ask for the meat to be cooked another way, we only cook it rare". Basically telling tourist you eat it rare or order something else.. Also, DON"T order cappuccino..Also, another tourist sign.(Most tourist don't know you don't order cappuccino after noon.)
So we first started with a liter of red house wine which was as usual for any table wine in Tuscany very good. We did not order an appetizer because we were still stuffed from pranzo (lunch). I ordered for primi Pici Pasta with white rabbit meat sauce and black peppercorn. Amazing dish!!! pictures to follow. (Also, i might add that my wife told the waitress she wanted to practice her Italiano and she pulled up a chair and sat to listen and help if need be. (My wife did fine in ordering). I ordered the veal osso buco with peas/pancetta for my main course with a side of tuscan style potatoes. She ordered filet with pesto on the side and asparagus. (Rare of course).
My wives dish was mouth watering and perfectly prepared. My dish was very good but as with Osso Buco in Italia they tend to use the leg of the veal and can be more fatty and not as much meat. But overall a great dish and the side dishes were excellent. We also had dessert and the Panna Cotta with strawberries on top was the best panna cotta we have ever had.. OFF the hook. The strawberries pureed on top were stupendous along with the flavor and texture of the panna cotta... Meal came to 58 Euro and we also had a large bottle of sparkling water...to top the night off, a accordion player came in and played some music... :)

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Our hotel managed to get our party of four a reservation on a Saturday evening and we took what was available: in at 19.00h and advised we had to give up the table by 21.15. No problem! We're old so we don't linger; life might pass us by!

This is a funky restaurant that defies typical trattoria but the menu is all Italian with twists; a 3kg steak appears to be the house specialty when looking over the other tables. Had I known, we would have ordered it; it looked rare and delicious!. They are adamant that they do not overcook their meals and you are warned on the menu and with signs on the wall that they will not serve well done meat. It looked like they won't serve medium, either. And the pasta is al dente to perfection.

We had the antipasto - a large plate of salami, olives, cheese and ham followed by pasta and meat dishes. All were excellent.

Wait staff are fast, efficient and friendly. This restaurant is a definite stop in Florence, if nothing else just to watch the irreverent staff go through their motions.

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Reviewed May 15, 2013

You go here to eat rare florentine steak (steak with the bone). It's pink, juicy and succulent. and very very rare.

they have other options on the menu (pastas, salads, etc.).

loved it.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Dear Rick Steves,

We just returned from a wonderful Italy vacation and can honestly say that using your books and audio tours made it an exceptional experience. We managed to squeeze in Rome, Florence and Venice in a short 9 days and loved every minute. This was our first trip to Italy, so we were determined to hit all of the highlights, but also wanted to experience the off the beaten path charm of the cities. We followed many of your recommendations on sites, cappellas and museums, followed many of your audio tours and sought out several of your recommended restaurants. Nearly every experience was as you described and we thoroughly enjoyed them. Therefore it came as a great surprise to us that our dinner experience at Antica Trattoria da Tito in Florence was a complete disaster!

We stayed in Florence for 4 nights at the fabulous Grand Hotel Minerva, where the staff kindly made our dinner reservations, including Antica Trattoria da Tito for the night of Wednesday, April 17th. We were looking forward to the Italian charm you wrote about and that we experienced at many other restaurants during our trip. However, da Tito was far from anything we expected. If arrogance is the Italian characteristic you want travelers to experience, then this is the place to go. True to your description, there was no pretence, the music was 80’s, the speakers were low quality and it was loud. We politely asked our waiter if it could be turned down as our table was right under the speakers. If he had simply said “no”, that would have been fine. Instead, after a few minutes the restaurant manager (Lucia ?) came out prancing around the restaurant holding a plastic sign over her head written in English and Italian, which said something like “we play loud music.” She stopped at every table in our section before coming to ours and boisterously told everyone that’s the way it is and if you don’t like it go somewhere else. When she approached us she was hostile, argumentative and chided us for saying we wanted to be able to talk and couldn’t hear. She continued to prance around and started shushing all the other patrons, pointing at us and saying that we wanted it quiet. She spoke very good English, so translation was not the problem. Lucia was very clear that what we thought did not matter and proudly pointed out they are written up in Rick Steves’ and have hundreds of positive Trip Advisor reviews. The owner, Bobo was not there that night, but even his arrogance is clearly reflected in his condescending responses to every negative review on Trip Advisor.

Rick, if your goal is to continue providing recommendations to your readers on how to experience the best of foreign cultures and people in their travels, we recommend that you take Antica Trattoria da Tito off of your list.

Best Regards,

Wayne and Vikki

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trattoriadatito, Proprietario at Antica Trattoria da Tito, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2013

Dear Wayne and Vikki, Dear Rick

I have NOT so many words to spend about it.
What can I say about someone go to a place
and want to spoile the athmosphere??
This is a place for locals (after 9,00 Pm. As in Florentine style)
And for travellers "IN THE KNOW"!!!
Certainly NOT for turists want to find home far from home!!
Here is PARTY TIME EVERY NIGHT!!!
And I DO NOT WANT to change it for One reason...or for One guest.
Same about our ironic way (in real Florentine style) to answer to guests or to reviewes.
Dear Rick,
Try to teach to people to be "open mind"!!!!
I know it is HARD WORK!!!

Bye bye

With love

Bobo

Ps.
Ceeeeeeeleeebraate good Times...come on!!!

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We learned of Tito's thru Rick Steves travel book and TV show. We were in a corner of the restaurant in a configuration of four tables in a line of which ours was one. We noticed the table to our left was speaking in English. So we started up a conversation. Shortly the two tables to the right also joined in. All tables were Americans. Someone asked how did you you learn of Tito's and magically everyone pulled up the same copy of Rick Steves Florence book. Funny but it made me wonder how many of the people there were locals and how many were Rick Steve's readers. We had a great time though in ways I hadn't anticipated. We rarely meet other Americans at restaurants while we're traveling and this was a kick. So rather than going to Tito’s to have a meal with locals I'd say the opposite. Go here if you want to meet fellow English speaking travelers and exchange travel experiences. Not something I'd want to do all the time but it worked out wonderfully that evening owing to some engaging new friends.

The food really was very good. My wife and I split all our courses as they are large portions. The bruschetta had three types of bruschetta all of which were great. A bacon risotto was wonderful. The steak was smothered in some kind of an eggplant puree which was also very good. The wine choices were solid and economical. The prices over all were moderate even though I bought an extra bottle to share with our fellow travelers. The other tables liked their choices as well. Tito's gives you a free after dinner drink on your way out. In our case it was a Limon Cello and they're generous with the amount they pour.

It was however different than what Rick Steve's had been treated to. He described how this was where locals went and that the owner had selected for them different wines for each course. When I asked them to do the wine pairing for us I was told we needed to buy a wine from the list. We did and that was fine but certainly a very different experience than what Rick Steves had experienced.

Tito's is way out of the way compared to other options. We normally walk even if it’s a mile or so. This was over a mile from our hotel and probably was so for most hotels. So we took a cab.

ron p

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