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“Florence outdoes itself”
Review of Trattoria Sostanza

Trattoria Sostanza
Ranked #158 of 2,763 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Santa Maria Novella
Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
70 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Florence outdoes itself”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

This was by far one of the best meals I had during my week long stay in Italy. I was fortunate enough to arrive in Florence the day the restaurant reopened after their summer break. The interior of the restaurant is really old school and they obviously have hosted some celebs in the past. Seating here is communal, so you need to make an effort to get to know your neighbors. As a solo traveler I was at a disadvantage because I couldn't order more items off the menu. But I knew exactly what I was getting before I came here. The tortino di carciofi (artichoke omelet tart) and the pollo al burro (butter chicken). OMG!!! Both dishes were revolutionary. It's hard to describe the flavors. You just need to go and try it. Dessert was a merengue cake, which also was good. The food here is worth every Euro you spend. I highly recommend anyone to visit this place. And be sure to make a reservation!

  • Visited September 2013
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Los Angeles, California, United States
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Two Words: Butter Chicken”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Besides the butter chicken which is amazing (especially when dipping the bread in the pan of butter), I would recommend the artichoke appetizer. Sharing a table with us was a woman who does food tours and she also had ordered the butter chicken and the artichokes so I guess that means whose dishes also get a vote from a professional food guide. the ambiance is really casual and the food is rustic and delicious.

Visited September 2013
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Kuala Lumpur
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Tutto Bello!”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

I must say i just had the best chicken dish ever at this unique & charming trattoria which is just a short stroll from my hotel at Piazza Ognissanti.

Service was quick and efficient! Order the Petto DiPollo [Chicken simmered in Butter] and the Tortino di Careiofi [artichoke omelet] which is their signature dish.

Only set back is that the place is tiny and its somewhat a communal long table seating which I find totally charming since we were able to interact with neighboring diners to get some travel tips on the region.

Reservations is a MUST and try order your meal before 10.30pm before the kitchen closes.
Enjoy!

  • Visited September 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Must have the butter chicken”
Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

This place was great. You must try the butter chicken, it is divine.you would think it would be heavy and greasy but no, it was light and delicious. We also has the steak Florentine that was good.

  • Visited August 2013
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San Diego, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Hole in the Wall”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

This trattoria, off the beaten path but very near the center of the city is set up with communal seating and offers a constant, limited menu. But what a menu! Our favorites are the artichoke souffle, the brown, buttered chicken and their steak.

Visited May 2013
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