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Il Ritrovo - Thanks to all that recommended this fantastic restaurant!

Il Ritrovo - Thanks to all that recommended this fantastic restaurant!

Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:19 AM
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Another restaurant we loved on our trip to Florence in March was La Giostro which is on Borgo Pinti. You walk about two blocks beyond Il Ritrovo and turn left. The food is fantastic, the atmosphere interesting. It is very crowded and you need reservations. We got there at seven thirty and by eight, they were waiting in the street. The owner's father is from Austria, so you can get Weiner Schnitzel as well as traditional Italian food. My husband had Sacher Torte that was better than you get at the Sacher Hotel in Vienna! Pricewise, it is more expensive than Il Ritrovo and ZaZa, but worth every penny. Don't be frightened by the wine list which has some astronomical prices, tucked among them are bottles we ordinary folk can and did enjoy.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:34 AM
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Hi T,

You might want to take them to IL Latini.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:32 AM
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joangk: We just came back from Italy with our two kids age 9 and 12. We went to Il Ritrovo and many other places recommended on these boards. Our kids enjoyed eating in all these places and the proprietors loved having them. They are all appropriate for your teens.

Hopefully, they will also enjoy trying new things. Our twelve year old daughter discovered a love for carpaccio, anchovies and fagoili (sp?) particularly cannelloni beans. Proscuitto was already a big hit in our family!

Our last night in Florence we went to Il Ritrovo for the second time and Rosetta asked to serve the bambini champagne on the house!! Boy, did they think that was a great way to end their 2 weeks in Italy.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 01:01 PM
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Do you have to call or email for reservations before arriving in Florence for the restaurants?

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Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 01:16 PM
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Hi grass,

>Do you have to call or email for reservations before arriving in Florence for the restaurants?<

It never hurts. In general you can make reservations in the early PM for the evening.

Il Ritrovo
Via de Pucci 4/A 055.281688

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Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 06:11 PM
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hi all, I can't seem to find Ira's directions to Il Ritrovo, and I'm DETERMINED to get there. Any help would be appreciated!!
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Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 07:41 PM
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Il Ritrovo is located on Via De' Pucci between Via Ricasoli and Via Dei Servi. If you were standing, and looking, at the front steps of the Duomo, you would walk up along the left hand side of the Duomo and make a left up Via Ricasoli or, a bit further along, a left up Via Dei Servi. You would run right into Via De' Pucci. You would then make a right off of Ricasoli or a left off of Dei Servi. The restaurant is entered through a small doorway and down a flight of steps.

Does this make sense? Have you got a good detailed map of Florence?
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Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:42 PM
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MartyM - we'll be in Florence in 4 weeks also. Can't wait to try out this place now that everyone has given it such high, glowing remarks! We love Florence, and are excited about finding a new place to eat!
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Old Apr 3rd, 2005, 04:55 AM
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Hi dana,

Il Ritrovo
Via de Pucci 4/A 055.281688 Closed Monday
From Pzza San Giovani (NW corner of the Pza del Duomo) walk one blk East to Via dei Martelli. Go left to Via dei Pucci. Turn Right. Look very carefully on left. No sign. Door could be locked. Ring bell.

Hi wander,

Don't set your expectations too high. It is a very nice, reasonably priced restaurant - not Taillevent for under 50E pp.

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Old Apr 3rd, 2005, 06:25 PM
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fantastic! Thanks to Ira and Tries2 ... I'm sure we'll love Il Ritrovo
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Old May 17th, 2005, 08:02 PM
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I agree-thank you to those who recommended this restaurant. My husband and I ate there midweek during the last week of April. We were standing outside looking at the menu, and a young American gal living in Florence said we must eat here--that it is the best restaurant in Florence. It was definitely our favorite dinner. We were the first ones there, without a reservation, and the chef came out to discuss the specials and take our order. We had their mixed appetizers, then i had the risotto with gorgozola and squash blossoms. My husband had the tagliatelle with pigeon sauce, which was one of the best dishes we have ever eaten. For the main course he had rabbit and i had filet, which were both delicious. For dessert i had the best panna cotta I have ever had. I think our whole meal (with 2 desserts but only 1 glass of wine) was about 80E. Great choice!
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Old May 18th, 2005, 05:21 AM
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I also wanted to thank everyone for recommending this wonderful restaurant! All of our dishes were good, the the ravioli with gorganzola and zucchini blossoms was heaven. For anyone who liked the souffle, go to foodnetwork.com and do a search for a recipe called "chocolate lava muffins," which are the pretty much the exact same thing!

My husband and I also liked the Osteria Santo Spirito (across the Arno on the squre with Santo Spirito church)--crummy neighborhood, but great food and a funky, young atmosphere.
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Old May 25th, 2005, 01:57 PM
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Hi We will be in Florence next month. Is there a best time to turn up for Dinner or would you recommend making a reservation and the best time to go?
So many excellent feedbacks, really looking forward to it!
thanks
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Old May 25th, 2005, 02:13 PM
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Hi ginger,

>...would you recommend making a reservation ...

Definitely. It is a small place.

>..and the best time to go?

Whenever you feel hungry.

Il Ritrovo
Via dei Pucci 4/A
055.281688
Best food for the price Has fish. Full dinner w/wine abt 40E pp Closed Monday
From Pzza San Giovani (NW corner of the Pza del Duomo) walk one blk East to Via dei Martelli. Go left to Via dei Pucci. Turn Right. Look very carefully on left. No sign. Door could be locked. Ring bell.


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Old May 25th, 2005, 02:24 PM
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Although there is no sign, there is a menu on a stand by the front door which is helpful.

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Old May 31st, 2005, 08:01 AM
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Does anyone know whether Il Ritrovo is open for lunch? We will have to be taking a train back to Orvieto at 6:30 but would love to have a fine dining experience while we're in Florence (on a Thursday in September).

Thanks
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Old May 31st, 2005, 08:06 AM
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Its open for lunch.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 05:07 PM
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My job is sending me to London and I am planning to visit Florence in July for vacation. Can you recommend a hotel to stay in that is centrally located in the touristy areas. Willing to spend about $300/night. Also, will I have trouble getting around since I only speak english?
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Old May 31st, 2005, 06:24 PM
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Hi Kendras3, you might want to check out the Hotel Savoy which is located at the Piazza Repubblica. Excellent location for your needs. I just went on to Google and checked their official website. It looks like it would meet your monetary budget. It is a 5* hotel. I have stayed there and and was very pleased with it. So one idea for you.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 07:46 PM
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Just returned from a month in Italy and with all the wonderful recommendations for the Il Ritrovno restaurant from the Fodorite's I stopped by and made reservations for the evening.

It wasn't crowded on this Thursday night so Marco the owner/chef spent a lot of time at our table entertaining us with stories of his family, his home life, vacation spent in the Cinque Terre with his wife, and how he makes everything from scratch each day by himself in the kitchen.

Each night at the corner table there is an elderly gentleman who comes in to eat. He is Mr. Pucci, brother of designer Emilio Pucci, and the owner of the building. FYI.

There were four of us at dinner and we laughed so hard at Marco's stories. He is very very funny.

The food was excellent and I would highly recommend eating there. With 30 days of restaurants and not being a good journal writer, I don't even remember what I ate, just that it was wonderful and we all had a great evening.
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