No doubt like all travellers, occasionally we just fall into a place which surpasses expectations. The Trattoria da Ginone is one such. It's in Florence, between S. Maria del Carmine (the Brancacci Chapel and Masaccio's frescos) and S. Spirito, not an area replete with eateries.
The welcome was warm. Our waiter, whose name we neglected to ask, became enthusiastic after we asked about an old notice on the wall, encouraging people not to waste bread, its making being the most important of human activities. We had a long conversation about what various things to do with a stale loaf. We found some new ideas and we hope he did too.
For starters we had a Risotto ai Funghi Porcini (fresh) and a Mixed Vegetable Timbale with a creamy sauce. Both were phenomenally good. As secondi one of us had Slices of Roast Pork with Saute Potatoes and a spoonful of cooking juices which turned a good if ordinary dish into one of excellence. The other had Veal Scallopine with Funghi Porcini - very rich and perhaps we should have ordered a small salad. With all this a carafe of the house wine - most acceptable. One dessert - Grandmother's Pudding, which turned out to be almond pastry sandwiching a first-rate egg custard, with flakes almond on top. Again lovely. All this came to 55 euros. So, inexpensive to boot. And a Grappa 'on the house'
The restaurant has a quiet, clean feel (and the loo is absolutely spotless). The patron is a quiet, big man and his wife is chef, also a 'traditionally built' woman (the food writer A J Liebling never trusted thin cooks).
This is a place we can thoroughly recommend. You WILL go there when in Florence.
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