Fodor's Expert Review Mangiafoco

$$ Santa Maria Novella Italian Fodor's Choice

Created by Francesco and Elisa in 2001, this small, brightly painted spot in the heart of the centro storico on a romantic medieval side street, serves Tuscan classics con fantasia (with fantasy) created by Luca, Elisa's brother. The menu changes daily, reflecting both what's in season and the whims of the chef. The wine list is long, as is the number of wines offered by the glass. You can tuck into a plate of fettucine ragù toscana e carciofi (flat noodles with a meat sauce and artichokes) or opt for any number of their taglieri (mixed meat and cheese plates). The last are served with various gelatins, made from such delicacies as Chianti, vin santo, and balsamic vinegar. They are justifiably proud of their desserts, made in-house. You can also just drop in for a glass of wine, perch on one of their steps, and watch the world go by.

Italian Tuscan Casual Lunch Dinner Coffee Dessert Fodor's Choice Quick Bite $$

Quick Facts

Borgo Santi Apostoli 26/r
Florence, Tuscany  50100, Italy


Known For:
  • Phenomenal wines by the glass (and by the bottle)
  • Creative, seasonal menu changes daily
  • Lovely waitstaff
  • Phenomenal wines by the glass and by the bottle
  • Great service
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

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