It's always crowded, always good, and always inexpensive. The osteria is next to the church of San Niccolò, and if you sit in the lower part you'll find yourself in what was once a chapel dating from the 11th century. The subtle but dramatic background is a nice complement to the food, which is simple Tuscan at its best. The pollo con limone is tasty pieces of chicken in a lemon-scented broth. In winter, try the spezzatino di cinghiale con aromi (wild boar
stew with herbs). Reservations are advised.
Via San Niccolò 60/r, Florence, 50125, Italy
Apr 12, 2005
I saw this restaurant on the website last year and thought it sounded intriguing--it was even better than expected. (Also listed last year in an under 13-Euro category--we spent more than that) We ate downstairs in the former chapel--white walls/light wood now, and with help from our waiter, tried lots of menu items. Plus fine house wine, vin santo and various desserts. We arrived at 7 (19:00), walked thru the crowded bar, and were the first downstairs.
By the time we left, it was packed. A highlight of the trip! It's a hike from Santa Maria Novella--this year we'll try bus 12 or 13!