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Review of Enoteca Pinchiorri

Enoteca Pinchiorri
Ranked #351 of 3,011 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, French, Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Santa Croce
Reviewed November 28, 2012

Service staff greeting you on the street and leading you into the restaurant adds a regal touch. The highlight of our experience here was the service. Staff were always attentive, smiley and pleasant. The menu description was very simple, nothing really jumped out of the page for me so we went with the 9-course tasting option. While the first 2-3 courses had very delicate flavors, the next 2 were over-salted and confused. Particularly the partridge with radish , accompanied by a wad of super-salty bacon that did not belong. Also, they left the inedible foot of the animal on, which is unsightly for plating. As my husband sums it up: courses taste nice, but not memorable. For a restaurant of this repertoire, I expect top-notch everything, and I do not forgive lack in judgement for flavor. While other restaurants try to innovate, create and explore new flavor profiles, this one seems to be happy to be stuck in a bubble of 1980s fine dining. We've come a long way in gastronomy and this is not the markings of a leader of industry.

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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Stunning food. Special in every way. Staff lovely. Glasses never empty. Sandro is a wonderful host. My favourite was the white wine. This restaurant is the only in the world which stocks this particular one. Perfect

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Because we were staying in the hotel that houses the restaurant, we decided to book a dinner and treat ourselves to a Michelin 3 starred dinner. The food was good but certainly not enough to rave about. The service was overwhelming at times, at other points negligent. The wine was absolutely ridiculously priced, I felt nearly 300 Euros for a mediocre bottle of French Rhone offputting to say the least, and there was nothing priced less than that. (As a retired wine broker I'm not only familiar with good wine but pricing as well so feel entitled to commit on their over-the-top wine prices.) The restaurant was brightly lit and not particularly comfortable or attractive. There are countless restaurants in both France and Italy that are much better in every way. We left feeling a bit let down and that this restaurant needs to be revisited by Michelin. And its rating rethought.

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Honestly, am slightly speechless to review. We have been there 3 times. First time in 2005, second in 2012 where I jumped in with a broken ankle, and last time in june 2012.

What we have been served have been outstanding. We have tried everything from market menu, to a la carte, and last to the 21 course (as far as I remember) menu. Little dishes were served, and we had a thrilling deconstructed panzanella among it all. Dishes were genuinely fantastic.

Although the price is steep - especially on the wine menu - I will certainly advice people to go for what they want. Their sommelier is one of a kind and is fully in control all through the dinner.

Very well worth the experience.

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Thank hgr020
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Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

Dressed in our finest, we arrived very excited for what we knew would be a great meal. We decided to go with a 6 course tasting menu. (There were 6, 9 and 20 course options- far too large for our stomachs along with a la carte options).

The meal began with savory treats from the chef: ricotta ball and dumping. Delightful! The following dishes: citrus sea bass with quinoa, crusted lobster tail, buttery pumpkin risotto, honeyed lamb chops (I was already full- blaming the incredible warm bread selection), followed by a dessert sampling including a lemon scented smelling stick (not to eat- but to smell!).

My highlights:

A truffle tray magically arrives at the en of the meal and you can hand select your chocolates. Died!

A unique water menu, we tried two different bottles and were surprised to immediately recognize the differences.

Olive oil sampling

We asked for a tour of the wine cellar (our hotel recommended this). My husband is an avid wine collector and this did not disappointing!

Along with wine by the glass (French champagne) and red, this meal was around 600 Euro. Not cheap, but definitely worthwhile for the experience. The service was impeccable- there were more staff than customers.

My only criticism would be the atmosphere was ever so slightly stuffy. Light music or dimmed lighting would have enhanced the experience.

Enjoy!!!

Kate x

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