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“Wonderful jewel hidden away”
Review of Hostaria il Desco

Hostaria il Desco
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Ranked #133 of 2,785 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $42
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Uffizi
Description: When talking about Tuscan cooking we talk about tradition told in many dishes ranging from Commune to Commune, from season to season and from the many varieties of products that our territory offers. Our intent has always been to follow the season, giving you the chance to taste the most regional specialties, changing the menu several times a year. We are nevertheless proud to be able to do this without GLUTINE and use most vegetables and vegetables at KM Zero.
Reviewed September 11, 2013

My group of four spent two weeks in Florence and were fortunate to be staying on the Via Delle Terme. After walking more than we were accUstomed to during the day, we were thrilled to find a homey atmosphere where the service was genuinely gracious and the food was top shelf within a stone's throw walking distance. Each evening there were fresh flowers all around. We became neighborhood regulars, possibly eating dinner there 6 or more times, After trying other places that looked like fine dining, and had high prices, only to be disappointed each time, we were happy to return to "our place". They also offered a special menu selection with a fixed price for those who wanted a deal. Highly recommend!

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DCF74, Owner at Hostaria il Desco, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2013

thanks all of you for your sweet words. We work for this.
Francesca

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We were recommended this restaurant by the B&B we stayed in Firenze, since we were seeking authentic Tuscan restaurants to eat in, without the superficial offer of a touristy restaurant, but with the local, natural flavour. We were looking for a place where Italians eat in Firenze. And we found this gem.
The place is hidden on one small street, but very close to the touristic centre in Firenze (a few steps away from Piazza della Republicca, and another few steps away from the river Arno). The location is great, though you might need a map to find it. It doesn’t have tables outside, and inside it is a small restaurant, very cosy. It is highly recommended to make reservations, especially for dinner! We decided to have lunch here and we booked a table one night before. However, there were several couples or groups of people who just showed up and they have been accommodated by the stuff, after waiting about 15-20 minutes (I believe, though, in the evening, this would be more difficult). Nevertheleess, in order to ease the flow of people eating (and to make tables available more rapidly), they practice an innovative paying system: after you have done eating, you just go the entrance to the cashier, where you find your receipt already issued, and just pay (there is not involvement of the waiter, calling him, waiting for the bill...).
Of course, besides the cosy atmosphere, the friendliness and easiness of the staff, the food was the focal point of our experience. We ate here the best meal in our whole trip in Italy. We took a Classica Fiorentina (the classic T-bone steak), which was absolutely amazing (it just melted in your mouth, being cooked to perfection). The dessert was also delicious; we had a crème mascarpone with wild berries.
We were treated very politely but we moreover felt like we were having dinner at friends, due to the intimate feeling inside. The friendly atmosphere was also given by the flow of local people, the usuals pf the place, who seemed to follow their everyday pleasure of eating here.
High quality, attentive staff, welcoming ambience, innovative approach, all blend into one restaurant with character, that defines the Firenze culinary landscape.

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Thank Eliza_Bucharest
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

A bright, welcoming, intimate restaurant <5 minutes from Ponte Vecchio on secluded via delle Terme, central Florence. Reserve a table (7.00 or 9.30 slots) and then you are welcomed at your table with a complementary glass of prosecco and a house appetiser (soup, pasta). Affable friendly staff explain the menu of unique dishes including cuttle-fish & spinach; sword-fish/capers/black olives; wild boar stew; potato vegetable ravioli; etc. Not mass produced food, but food made with care and attention to detail. One of those memorable restaurants you are glad you found and will visit next time you visit Florence. Suggestion : reserve a table well inside the restaurant away from the entrance.

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Thank Roxsrgreat
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Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

Very nice diner , for 7 with children no problem to find anything for everyone . Something they all liked . I had the risotto & wild boar , both were great .

Prices were very good around 20 € a person for 2 courses and appatizers .

Recomended.

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Thank Koen V
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Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Nine o'clock entry with meat and watermelon and bruschetta with tomato as starters promised of a great dining experience ahead. However, the salad of the house had all ingredients simply "as is" on the plate and the wild board was stiff and too dry to our taste. Price was average.

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