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Florence Restaurants

Mario

  • Via Rosina 2/r Map It
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  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 12/04/2013

Fodor's Review

Florentines flock to this narrow family-run trattoria near San Lorenzo to feast on Tuscan favorites served at simple tables under a wooden ceiling dating from 1536. A distinct cafeteria feel and genuine Florentine hospitality prevail: you'll be seated wherever there's room, which often means with strangers. Yes, there's a bit of extra oil in most dishes, which imparts calories as well as taste, but aren't you on vacation in Italy? Worth the splurge is riso al ragù

(rice with ground beef and tomatoes).

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Restaurant Information

Address:

Via Rosina 2/r, corner of Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Florence, 50123, Italy

Map It

Phone:

055-218550

Restaurant Details:

  • Closed Sun. and Aug. No dinner
  • Reservations not accepted

Updated 12/04/2013

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By Kyle

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Jan 17, 2005

The Best of Florence

The food was superb, reasonably priced and served by the nicest people we met in Italy. During our second lunch there, we were seated with two regular patrons who took us in and treated us like family. After a two hour lunch, during which we met the entire staff and half of the local Florentines, Mario closed for the day and we were invited to the wine cellar to share a glass with our new best friends, the chef and the staff. Our lunch became the

highlight of our two weeks in Italy. While our second trip to Mario taught us all about the friendliness of the people at Mario, it was the food on our first trip that lured us back in the first place. After a brief wait, we were seated and enjoyed the daily menu, including the best roasted pork I have ever had. My wife still raves abour the bolognese which she had both days. We have faithfully read Fodors reviews for many years and regularly give our input so others may make use of the comments like we do. This is the first time I have ever given all fives. Mario desreves it and is the gem of Florence. If you are looking for great food, local flavor and a true Florentine experience, you cannot miss Mario.

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By Liz

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Dec 31, 2004

Decide Quickly-Eat Quickly-Smile all the Time at Mario's

My husband and I ate here during Christmas week 2004. We decided on other Fodor's recommendations. We arrived at 12:00 and were the second table there. Greeted by the happiest uninformed waitress, we were pointed to a handwritten menu du jour on cardboard taped to a counter. All in Italian, we knew the food was going to be good. My husband had roast veal (the best he's ever had) and I had the thick ribolleta-soul-warming. Accompanied by a green

salad (fresh romaine lettuce already dressed with olivio), we were full. And out of there in less than 30 minutes. I think the bill was less than $30, but I am not sure at the dollar was at $1.40 a Euro (yikes!) Friendly atomsphere, small, eating with the "locals" and quick--but get there after opening time which is noon, otherwise forget it. When we left before 1:00 it was filled!

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By David

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Jun 12, 2003

A TRUE ITALIAN LUNCH

I can't complain about MARIO. The service was great and the atmosphere made me feel like one of the locals. You can't go wrong with the Florentine Steak...the best I've ever had! Don't miss MARIO!!!

By Lee

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Jun 29, 2002

Mario: please move to Santa Fe

Our number one lunch experience in two weeks in Italy -- and we went back to make sure it is real. Simple foods -- pasta, chicken, beef, salads -- made with the best ingredients in ways that extract maximum flavor. Very nice carafe of house wine. Wonderful ambience of elbow-to-elbow (shared table) dining with a crowd that is 80%+ local. Quick service -- once you sit down it is almost a fast food place. And great price -- our first lunch for 3

was under $20; we splurged and got into the $30 bracket on the second pass. We did eat other good meals in Italy, but never at this price and this much fun.

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Apr 5, 2002

Mario is a must!

My husband is a chef in Boston, MA, and his palette is pretty hard to please. He and I dined here on our honeymoon. I'm not much of a meat-eater, let alone would ever order meat when there's fresh pasta to be had. So, I ordered pasta (which was average), and he ordered the veal (vitello) dish. After I tasted his, he knew I wanted it. We ended up switching dishes because he let me have the better one! In other words, don't get the pasta - order

a meat dish, whether it be veal, beef, lamb or rabbit (yes, rabbit). Florence is known for its fresh red meats. Don't be a "chicken" and miss out!

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