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“Very good food though slightly pricey”
Review of Trattoria Sostanza

Trattoria Sostanza
Ranked #155 of 2,877 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
Reviewed January 23, 2014

We were here for the butter chicken and the florentine steak. No complains about the food. Chicken was very tender and the steak was well seasoned and tasty. In terms of quality, it's one of the best meals we have had in Italy.

We also tried the house cake which was the meringue with small strawberries. Please bear in mind these are it strawberries cut small but really whole strawberries about the size one phalanx of your little finger. Never seen these before. The cake seems like ice cream between layers of meringue. Very delicious.

So why 4 stars? Because the food is a bit costly I feel. You could get similar fare for probably slightly cheaper elsewhere. We paid 62 for lunch and we didn't have wine. We also had to pay a $3 cover charge per pax which is not a norm elsewhere.

Overall, if it's your first time in florence, come here for the chicken and dessert. It's worth a try but i wouldn't come back twice in the same trip because there are too many fabulous restaurants in florence to try at better prices!

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We ordered butter chicken, bisteca fiorentina and tortellini. The chicken was excellent.
I didn't really enjoy the shared tables and the fact that we could stay there only from 19:30 until 21:00. It was also full of turists.

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1  Thank rebe87
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

We had been rushing around so much that we actually weren’t very hungry but once the fantastic food started arriving we were happy to dive in and not stop. In fact as people were being served,we noticed the entire mood of the place changed into one of fun and frenzy. Everyone was so happy to eat this fantastic food! People were going into the kitchen to meet the chef and have their pictures taken with him. The owner was a happy guy who stayed in the dining room making sure we all got well fed. My husband had chicken burro, a melt in your mouth chicken dish and I had a torta carcioffi (artichoke torte)- both are house specialties. We split an order of porcini mushrooms. I have never tasted such delicious food. When it was time for dessert we put ourselves in the capable hands of the owner and asked what we should have. He didn’t disappoint. We shared a delicious torte that is a concoction of meringue and cream with chocolate pieces and topped with the tiniest and sweetest strawberries I have ever eaten. If we ever go back to Florence it will be to see The David and to eat at Trattoria Sostanza! My only regret is that we did not discover this wonderful trattoria until our last night in Florence.

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

My husband and I honeymooned in Italy and Switzerland and this was the best meal of our two week trip - which is saying a lot because we did not have a bad meal in Italy. Unfortunately we did not try the butter chicken (will have to go back), but the steak Florentine was simply amazing! And the meringue cake was so delicious we ordered a second slice. The place is small and not at all pretentious. The wait staff were so pleasant and helpful. One thing to know ahead of time, this place is cash only - we did not realize this when we made reservations, but they were happy to give us directions to the nearest ATM (only a few blocks away) and held our table for us.

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Thank mulva8
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

We initially ordered the butter chicken and artichoke omelette. Upon tasting the butter chicken, my husband decided this was the place where he wanted to taste the florentine steak as well! Everything was delicious including dessert which was a meringue top with mixed berries. Very light and refreshing after the big meal.
Make sure you make a reservation first as we got turn down on first walk in attempt not realising this place was so popular. Also it's cash only here. I believe it's also close on Sunday so please plan accordingly.

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Thank Sue808
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