A last minute reservation at this 2 Michelin star restaurant located in a ritzy hotel delivered. It was just a fantastic experience with tremendous food.
The restaurant is small. The photo above is about the entire place. Every review commended the service - and they were right! Staff was super formal but laced with humor and a quick wink. "Are you talking about me?" one waiter asked, as he heard us reference something as "gorgeous". Introducing the bread, another waiter apologized. "Our chef is from southern Italy, where they put far too much salt in the bread. It's blasphemy here, but I am forced to introduce it to you anyway."
But they were on top of everything. The tablecloth was combed after every course. They also genuinely asked after each course what we thought of it, earnestly awaiting a full answer before clearing the dishes. When Teresa left some of her mullet (she didn't like the mid-rare cook on it), they inquired what she didn't enjoy and asked if they could bring something else in its place. This restaurant cares, and boy does it show.
The food was truly outstanding. The menu arc was phenomenal and made perfect sense, which each dish was inventive, while still playing inside the lines. You never wondered what was in front of you, but it was prepared/paired in a way that was unique and smart. The cooking, flavors, temperatures, knife skills, plating - all were without blemish. There were even a few bites that made you sit up and take notice - notably the 5 welcome canapes and the spaghetti with seaweed butter. The mullet too was brilliant and unique in its presentation.
This place is doing it right and very worth a visit if you are in Florence. So glad we stumbled upon it.
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