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1 of 5 bubbles Review of Caffe Maioli

Caffe Maioli
Ranked #213 of 217 Dessert in Florence
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe
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Dining options: Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Pitti
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

We wish we had a quick look at this cafe's rating before we stepped in, because the bad reviews are true. It was a hot day and we were exhausted, just wanted to briefly sit down for a quick drink. We grabbed a bottle of beer and a bottle of tea from the fridge, advertised as 3.5 and 3 euros respectively. They ended up charging us 11.50 euros! The most expensive bottled tea I have ever had in my life! So they only displayed the cheap takeaway prices but at the end, basically charged whatever they wanted if you sit down. I can understand a slight sitting charge but that was totally outrageous for such ordinary looking place. Yes the cafe is right by Ponte Vecchio but no special views or atmosphere from the cafe itself. To top it off, they had the dirtiest, most disgusting toilet - no kidding.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Avoid this place like the plague”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

I'm not the only individual that had a bad experience here. Unfortunately the owners probably don't care as they have a great location. I bought gelato for the kids and paid twice the price you'd expect to pay anywhere else in the city. The shop is locate at the end of the Ponte Vecchio bridge on the opposite side of the Arno river from the Uffizi.

If you must have gelato or any other food, consider going a few extra steps to the many other food shops in the area.

  • Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Bad news for Florence”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

Low quality coffee, low quality pastry. No prices on display and definitely no choice to stand.
Caffe Maioli is on a busy corner with inviting window displays . There is nothing to warn you of the impending rip off .
The coffee in our 4 star hotel roof terrace was cheaper. What a shame.
When the likes of costa move in and take this corner. Florence businesses do not complain.

1 Thank imlateagain
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Sydney, Australia
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“Know how to drink your coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Caffe Maioli is a friendly spot to enjoy a coffee or a snack or even a light meal on your way to or from the Pitt Palace or other places to the south of the Arno. The food is good and the coffee is excellent. I have read reviews where visitors claim the coffee is expensive but these people probably don't understand the etiquette of coffee drinking in all Italian bars. It is ALWAYS more expensive if you sit down. It is the Italian custom to drink your beverage at the bar and then leave 'presto'. At the bar an espresso will cost you 1 euro. That is drinking coffee Italian style.

When in Italy do it as the Italians do.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Robynls
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“What a fun time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

The staff of Salvatore, Roberto and Iris are the Best. And The Best Irish Coffee. There were six of us, laughing and talking and a little on the loud side. We felt very welcomed. I took photos of coffees being made.

  • Visited November 2012
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