Il Santo Bevitore
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Brilliant food, great wines
Offering good value for money alongside a creative riff on Tuscan and Italian classics, Santo Bevitore continues to be one of Florence’s hottest restaurants (and one of my favourites). The slow food ethic of locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients is evident in a menu that meanders between meat and fish dishes (think fresh pea soup topped with sautéed octopus and spiced beef cheek with porcini mushrooms) were recent stand-outs) plus a great selection of cheeses and cold cuts. There’s a good wine list too.
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A Lively Atmosphere
This busy, buzzy Oltrarno restaurant continues to be a personal favorite for its lively atmosphere and dependable cooking at reasonable prices. The menu offers ever-present favorites such as pasta with sweet tropea onions and cherry tomatoes as well as seasonal specialties like honey-glazed lamb shank with ratatouille. Desserts are well worth leaving room for, and the well-priced wine list always has something interesting on offer. Lunch is more casual and the prices are lower.
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Il Santo Bevitore
If you are looking for good food and wine along with a buzzy atmosphere, head to Il Santo Bevitore. This stylish, yet relaxed, restaurant is one of Florence’s top tables. Menus are based around seasonal local ingredients and include pasta, meat and fish dishes. If you are looking for a lighter meal, order a salad and a plate of delicious cheeses.
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