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“Il Desco rates high!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Desco Bistro

Il Desco Bistro
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Ranked #45 of 2,660 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $27
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: San Lorenzo
Description: We are located in the historic center of Florence, between Piazza del Duomo and San Marco and we offer a simple and tasty cuisine, made with the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. We owned a small farm in Reggello that provides us vegetables, fruit and extra virgin olive oil certified organic by ICEA. For this reason our menu is seasonal and changes every three months according to the production of the garden. The focus is on offer vegetarian dishes and great attention is paid to the Gluten Free offer, almost everything on the menu is suitable for people with celiac disease! Limited offer of meat, but always available in most traditional recipes:)
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“Il Desco rates high!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

Eating at Il Desco is a warm and intimate experience. There are few tables but worth a wait if necessary. All food is fresh and part of the zero kilometer efforts of high quality. The service is fabulous always with smiles. I eat there each time I am in Florence. If possible,I dine more than once.

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“Only snack in the evening”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

Went here hoping for tuna tartar, but in the evening they only had snacks. (kitchen closed)
Place closes at 8.

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bistrotildesco, Manager at Il Desco Bistro, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Dear Meatbeerwhisky,

first of all we’d like to thank you to visit us!

About your comment I’d like to specify that our restaurant is open for lunch from 12 till 3pm with the express cuisine. From 3pm till 8pm is open the Bistro, always with the express cuisine, and we offer a nice selection of dishes you can choose between, I listed below the Autumn choice:

· Small lasagna style pasta with Chianina meat ragout

· Millefeuille of seasonal vegetables with Tuscan ham

· Broccoli and anchovies on toasted bread with buffalo mozzarella bites

· Pumpkin and Robiola cheese “Cappuccino” style

· Famous culatello of Zibello with traditional pinzimonio (homegrown vegetables and organic e.v. olive oil)

· Legumes and cereals soup with crispy pecorino cheese

· Traditional cold cuts, assorted cheese, marinated vegetables and pickles

· Oranges, fennel and ginger salad

Or you can make your own sandwich choosing from a selection of meats, cheeses and organic vegetables available at the counter.

In a few days we will present the Winter menu, as we have our own garden certified organic, and we change the menu following the seasons…

I guess you didn’t eat anything here because you wrote “in the evening they only have snack” which sounds like very poor choose of poor quality ingredients (like packaged chips…).

I strongly hope you come back once and visit us again, we will try to satisfy you better than this timeJ

My kindest regards,

Shams Shahidi
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Wonderful food, wine and service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

My husband and I had 7 nights in Florence and enjoyed wine, cheese and meats here every night. The organic and free range/farm fresh produce was outstanding as well as the service. Lunch was superb. My only complaint? That they were not open for dinner (winter).

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“Good food and good wine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

A nice little restaurant not far from the Galleria dell Accademia. The foligaria was very good and along with the daily special of Cannoli was an excellent lunch for two. Also the house wine was excellent. The staff was friendly and very accommodating.

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Sydney, Australia
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“Wonderful food, great service and personal attention”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

I have been to Firenze on many occasions and always eat here. Fresh, bountiful, organic or from fresh produce. Stunning and personal staff who engage and are engaged. Internal or two outdoor areas, wonderful artwork. Fresh produce for sale, wish I could have taken it home to Australia. See you again Il Desco. Easy to access, vey close to many attractions including the Accademia and the Duomo.

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