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“Delicious!”
Review of Il Focolare

Il Focolare
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Il Focolare was delightful and delicious! We went for the famous Florentine beefsteak and it did not disappoint! Grilled perfectly and individually hand carved tableside. Entire meal was excellent! Highly recommend IL Focolare!

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

You want to try Tuscan steaks? Come to Il Focolare; the steaks are about 2-3 inches thick - salty on the outside and juicy and rare on the inside. Best I've eaten - EVER!

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Reviewed June 17, 2012

One of only two restaurants in this tiny village, we visited at Sunday lunchtime having been recommended.

The thing it is known for is the Bistecca alla Fiorentina and it is indeed fantastic - sold at around a kilogram (with bone) is it not to be taken lightly or alone, but the quality of the meat is excellent, as is the cooking - only to be taken rare, or it spoils the purpose of the dish. My partners dish of veal scallop was ok, not great, but her dessert of chocolate and pear cake was absolutely great - light and obviously made with very good chocolate. House wine was great too.

Prices are not bad, but the Bistecca adds a significant amount to the bill

Worth travelling for...but stick to the beef

Thank SantAntoni1
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

We usually do not eat at the same place twice when we are on vacation in a place for a week. But we tried Il Focolare for lunch on our first day of a week in Montagnana and ended up eating there for 3 more dinners because it was a delightful place. The restaurant, very warm and cozy with crisp linens, fireplace, antiques on the walls serves delicious food. We had veal scalloppini in a white wine sauce, a thick veal porerhouse cooked over the grill that was perfectly cooked, veal in mushrooms, a peasant stew with rich with caramelized onions, ribollita that was delicious, salads with very lovely greens and tomatoes and one night a wonderful chocolate pear tart that was served warm so the chocolate interior was melting. Service is excellent and personable. This is a soothing place where it would be hard not to eat well.

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Thank CarolinaBecky
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

You can find bistecca alla fiorentina in almost each and every restaurant in the province, but this one beats them all and with a fair margin. The quality of the meat (personally chosen by the old owner each time) is superb, always cooked to perfection (do not ask for anything but rare meat, or you simply won't have bistecca alla fiorentina: medium rare is already overcooked!!!).
The other dishes on the menu are also excellent, clear examples of tuscan cuisine. Service is attentive, kind but not too formal, wine is also good (it's a very good idea to follow the waiter's suggestions!).
The only downside: prices reached pretty high peaks during the last years. If you want starters, bistecca with some tasty fried veggies as an entree and a dessert (all washed down with a bottle of red tuscan wine) don't expect to pay less than 40-50 euros per person.
Is it worth? Yes, it is.
Could they lower prices a bit on other dishes and especially desserts? (all homemade and delicius anyway?) Definitely.

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