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Cibrèo

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Cibrèo Review

The food at this upscale trattoria is fantastic, from the creamy crostini di fegatini (a savory chicken-liver spread) to the melt-in-your-mouth desserts. Many Florentines hail this as the city's best restaurant, and Fodor's readers tend to agree—though some take issue with the prices and complain of long waits for a table (even with a reservation). If you thought you'd never try tripe—let alone like it—this is the place to lay any doubts to rest: the trippa in insalata (cold tripe salad) with parsley and garlic is an epiphany. The food is traditionally Tuscan, impeccably served by a staff that's multilingual—which is a good thing, because there are no written menus.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Via A. del Verrocchio 8/r, Santa Croce, Florence, 50122 | Map It
  • Phone: 055/2341100
  • Location: Santa Croce

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Sun. and Mon. and July 25–Sept. 5.
Updated: 12-04-2013

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    Cibrèo Review

    The very best restaurante I have ever been!!!

    by orsatti, 7/22/11
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    Cibrèo Review

    Delightful meal of great subtlety and style. Tuscan food at its best. Inventive and inspired. They insisted that we tried everything even things we had not ordered which was delightful! Recommend the chefs own book (in Italian) for its love of the process of cooking.
    Worth every penny.

    by Marthe, 4/26/10
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    Fabulous Meal

    Read the other posting on Cibreo last night- and can't believe we dined at the same restaurant- The food was inventive, the service cordial, and the pricing, while expensive, is no different from a top restaurant in Dallas or New York. Each dish I had was a superb riff on traditional Italian food. I had a reservation, was seated immediately, and the meal was definitely a highlight of my stay in Florence

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    Do NOT go unless you like overprices baby food!

    We arrived 5 minutes earlier than our booking but we had to wait until the previous sitting had finished there meals and started dribbling out of the restaurant! After 40 minutes and getting fed up with seeing locals, who had arrived after us, speaking to the head chief and waitresses and being let into the restaurant to tables before us, I took a Italian approach, rather than a British approach and did the same  making a very noisy seen! We were quickly shown into the restaurant! Strangely, we were shown to a table for four people. We then sat and waited 15 minutes until I approached a waiter to request some drinks. Eventually we were served with some water, 1 hour and 10 minutes after arriving. We ordered our food, the menu being spoken and not written down. I ordered a good wine. The wine list was made up of superb local bottles but approximately 10  20 Euros more than anywhere else. The food was good rustic Tuscan but very overpriced. Our starters were acceptable, but looked like baby food! The tripe was good but as an offal connoisseur nothing special as it wasnt honeycomb and didnt appear to be fresh. The pigeon was badly cooked and dry, the one saving grace was the baby shark which was excellent but covered in layers of an indescribable sauce. As a final platitude, we were presented with two deserts even though we only asked for one. The apple pie was average and slightly sour and the chocolate dessert was very good although quite beyond us. This is not a haute cuisine restaurant although the prices would lead you to believe otherwise. The service just cannot keep up with demand which has been generated by some great reviews I suspect. I will be going back to Tuscanny and Florence in the summer but wont be going back to the CIBRÈO.

    by Andy_Dean, 5/14/07
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    Overpriced, very long wait for table

    We waited 40mins for our table to become free, a further 20mins before we got a drink. One hour and 15 mins before we were served any food which was good rustic, Tuscan food but very overpriced. It was a bad dining experience, one of our worst.

    by Suzy_Glasgow, 5/8/07
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    No comment!

    This is the only restaurant which I will never ever return.

    by Richard_Brown, 3/1/07
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    Eccentric

    This is an interesting but rather eccentric restaurant. There is no question that much of the food is first rate, though I would avoid the pigeon, which was dry and overcooked. The prices are high and most of the reviews seem overly generous. If paying more than the meal is worth does not trouble you give it a try; otherwise, it would be best to steer clear.

    by eschatology, 1/29/07

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