This intimate little trattoria, known to locals as Cibreino, shares its kitchen with the famed Florentine culinary institution from which it gets its name. They share the same menu, too, though Cibreino's is much shorter. Start with il gelatina di pomodoro (tomato gelatin) liberally laced with basil, garlic, and a pinch of hot pepper, and then sample the justifiably renowned passato in zucca gialla (pureed yellow-pepper soup) before moving on to any of the succulent second courses. Save room for dessert, as the pastry chef has a deft hand with chocolate tarts. To avoid sometimes agonizingly long waits, come early (7 pm) or late (after 9:30).
Via dei Macci 118, Florence, Tuscany, 50122, Italy
Jun 1, 2007
I ate here for the first time in December last year [ 2006 ] , though I had eaten in the Cafe Cibreo the previous year . It has a shorter menu but the fare is exactly the same as you get in the restaurant next door - only a third of the price ! I had the zuppa di pesce [ fish soup ] to begin with , followed by salsicce e fagioli [ sausages and beans ] and torta di cioccolata [ chocolate cake ] to finish . It was the best meal that I have ever had
! - closely followed by the meal I'd had previously at Cafe Cibreo ! The meal in the Cafe cost 55 euros , in Cibreino only 30 euros - no wonder the locals call it Cibreo povero ! The only drawback is that you have to queue - and it's so popular with the locals that you have to ensure that you are there early enough to avoid waiting - but it is worth waiting for . I will be returning to Florence again in December this year [ and next February - are'nt I the lucky one ! ] and I will definitely be giving Cibreino a visit .