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“The BEST Florentine restaurant for old school Tuscan cuisine”
Review of Trattoria Sostanza

Trattoria Sostanza
Ranked #140 of 2,722 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Santa Maria Novella
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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“The BEST Florentine restaurant for old school Tuscan cuisine”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

This place has been here for eons, and there is a good reason fot that: It's the most "real" florentine old school kitchen in Firenze. They are the keepers of the lost recepies from the 1900's, the service is impeccable in it's classic style, the food is what you would have tasted in the best restaurant in Florence in the 1920's and the atmosphere perfect with it's patina from the 1950's. We love Il Troia nad will keep coming back for years to come.

  • Visited December 2012
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Tampa, Florida
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19 reviews
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“One of My Most Memorable Meals Ever”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

It's been a few years since I have been to Florence but I remember their Butter Chicken like it was yesterday. Never had better chicken in my life!

Visited March 2012
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
“ultimate sandwich”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Busy, tiny, amazingly fresh food. Only warning...if your uncomfortable watching someone handle money, they your food, without washing or gloves, your not going to like this place.

  • Visited February 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews
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“I miss you!”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

I travelled to Florence every year for business.Sostanza is 2 blocks from my hotel{Excelsior]
A must every time!Casual,fun...and the best chicken in the world...dying to return!

  • Visited April 2012
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Edinburgh, UK
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59 reviews
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“Great experience”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

This was one of our favourite restaurants on our trip to Florence. The staff were very attentive, the food as lovely as all the reviews, the wine was lush but what won us over was the atmosphere. Very down-to-earth and very enjoyable.

Visited February 2013
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