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“More substance than form”

Ristorante Lo Skipper
Ranked #439 of 2,908 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: San Marco
Reviewed June 14, 2013

Down the dark corridor on the left, there's an easel on the left for the Lo Skipper Nautical Club - don't ask I have no idea. After the usual, "have you booked?", followed by the sucking-in of breath, checking of the reservation book and then chatting to the owner they decided to let us in to the half empty restaurant. It was just after 8pm.
Despite this inauspicious beginning the staff were incredibly nice and friendly; the menu is extensive, the wine list more so and it is all rather interesting, a little piece of Sicily transported into a lane next to the Academia in Florence. The food on offer is different from any of the other restaurants we have visited, which was great but I am afraid that the chef has aspirations beyond their capability.
The first courses were enjoyable, well executed but enormous. The pasta was fresh and the sauce fresh as well and plentiful. We were full after the first course.
It was the second courses that proved more problematic. It transpired that the issue with us not booking was they they had run out of the Sea Bream and the Octopus but no problem, they offered me the Sea Bass with clams and tomatoes and my wife had the Swordfish. Neither dish worked that well. Don't get me wrong they weren't a disaster by any means it's just that they weren't executed terribly well. As usual everything was a bit salty and my Sea Bass was swamped with oil and the juice from the fresh tomatoes, a very basic culinary error. At least it's not expensive.

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Nice food and great service. Prices are good also. Location is a little hard to find, as it is down a dark corridor, but worth hunting for. Only negative comment is the design of the restaurant seems to foster a louder than normal environment-- conversations from adjacent tables all seem loud for some reason. We suspect it is due to the architecture of the building. But don't let this deter you from the great food. I think this is a nice places for couples but would not advise for families with young children due to close space of tables and noise issue.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We consider this a hidden treasure of Florence, out of the beaten path and restaurants. This is a great place ran by a family that offers a very interesting and tasteful menu of mainly seafood with recipes from Tuscany, Sicily, Morocco, etc.

2  Thank grecognos
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We must have dinned at Lo Skipper on an off-night, because the meal was middling at best. The wine was great (we ordered from the list, although we did have a glass of the free house wine and it was--of course--poor), the service was pretty good though.
What wasn't very good was the food. We had two appetizers--the deep fried sardines and the beans--the sardines were bearable but uninspired, while the beans were extremely spicy. Not savoury spicy, just unpleasantly hot spicy, to the extent that they were inedible. Following this we both had a pasta, mine was okay although packed with raisins (my fault for ordering them), but even having picked them out the pasta was weak (store bought bread crumbs on the pasta don't make it better, for example). My partner ordered a spaghetti with clams and mussels. For a seafood restaurant in italy pasta with clams as mussels should be a slam-dunk. Instead these appeared to be frozen mussels (each mussels was shrivelled up and no larger than the raisins I was picking out of my pasta), while the "spaghetti" wasn't even spaghetti, it was bucatini. No big deal really, but the bucatini wasn't cooked through (not al dante, just undercooked).
Anyways, it's a cozy restaurant, and perhaps being so far inland we shouldn't have hoped for too much out of a seafood joint. But really, these are all dishes you can make at home and it's always disappointing to finish a meal thinking that you should, indeed, have stayed home.
Not a great way to spend an anniversary meal. On the upside, it means we have an excuse to go out for another.

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Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

This place was recommended by our hotel and was truly amazing. It was a bit difficult to find but well worth searching for. The staff were friendly and helpful especially since the menu was in italian. The pasta dishes were incredible followed by amazing desserts served with liqueur. The house wine was great and complimentary. Highly recommend.

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