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“Seconds from Ponte Vecchio”

Il Panino del Chianti
Ranked #158 of 2,909 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $18
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Neighborhood: Pitti
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Stumbled across this little cafe after a long, hot day of sightseeing and hill-walking. We were looking for a nice local panino and a glass of chianti and boy, did we find the right place. Good choice of local cuts and cheeses with a nice range of wines to complement them. Service was excellent, relaxed and friendly with the pleasure of locals joining us; the lady serving - with light hair - was an absolute delight.

Sadly, our second visit was a completely different experience - a young girl slathered on thick cheese spread on my partner's panini, even 'tho it had not been requested in his "3 toppings". We immediately asked her if that was our panini order, and explained that my partner is allergic to cheese. There could have been no miscommunication error because my partner IS Italian and had been very specific about our order.

Her attitude changed immediately, accusing my partner of not advising her that he did not want cheese (? eh? this place is great because you CHOOSE your 3 toppings!); she stroppily threw the panini into the bin, was huffing and puffing, throwing our order together - quite literally - and made us feel uncomfortable. Both of our panini's were prepared with BARE HANDS (I've gotten really fussy about this since I had chemotherapy!) and our mid-afternoon snack and glass of wine kind of stuck in our throats because of her surly attitude. If the cafe had been empty we would not have hesitated to have walked out.

We've struggled about giving a fair rating because of the second visit's appalling experience. (We left our teenager at home to give us a break from Attitude!) ... we would definitely return once again, but not if we saw it was the short dark-haired girl on duty. Such a shame, as one member of staff's bad attitude can really put you off visiting again at a later date.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Stumbled upon this little gem that was simple, inexpensive and great service! They make sandwiches and have salads or crustini's to snack on while enjoying a fabulous cold beer or a nice glass of wine. Loved the location and the atmosphere of this place!

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Very convenient location on the road from Pitti to Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Signoria. If you need to have a snack and some rest you can drop into this not overcrowd storefront and take a kind of local sandwich (moderate choice of the fillings) and a glass of refreshing white wine. This place is just a snack-bar, not a restaurant or cafe, so you shouldn't open your mouth too wide :). The prices are quite reasonable (remember location), and the barmaid was welcoming and speaking English a little.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We only stopped for a beer on a hot Florentine afternoon, the service was excellent, we stayed for a while... more beers were necessary to keep talking to Martha!

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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Last month, me and my husband walked into this place...we were not greeted, but simply told to sit down, adn order! We had sanswiches, the bread was very stale, the meat looked green. The waiter was awful. Never again, will we go into this place. This place should be condemned by the Florence Board of health.

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2  Thank Melissa P
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