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Il Desco Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
San Lorenzo
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Via Camillo Cavour 27, 50129, Florence, Italy
+39 055 288330
12:00 - 22:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had the mixed vegetarian platter and artichoke crepes at this largely vegetarian restaurant. Both were very good. Service was friendly after a slow start as we turned up for a very early dinner around 17.30. For the meals, mineral water, two coffees and a glass of chianti, all up 37 euros.

Thank RobertCMelb
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was great and fresh, and staff was very friendly. Prices were also reasonable as well as the location, which was right around the corner from the Galleria dell'Accademia.

Thank David T
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went with a friend for our first meal in Florence. Made a very good first impression! We had the broccoli flan, lasagna and crepes for the autumn menu.

Thank Ian C
Madrid, Spain
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

We went a family of five. Place small, very nice and quiet. Food really good but only few options for veggies&gluten free. There are better options in Florence for this type of food. Service very good except for the deserts, that we had to wait a little more than normal because new people came in. It was worth because desserts... More 

1 Thank jmm8855
Tel Aviv, Israel
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our meal there, their strongest point is definitely the vegetables - they really know how to handle them and are very fresh. We were 4 people and everyone were very satisfied with their meal. Lots of gluten free options, and very delicious. Not too fancy, relaxed atmosphere.

Thank Chen L
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Our hotel recommended this restaurant without realizing my gluten free dietary needs, and it was spectacular. They know their stuff about cooking without gluten and avoiding cross contamination. They are a member of the Celiac Association so must meet strict guidelines. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and everything we had there was absolutely fantastic.

2 Thank Mary B
Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The aroma from this little cafe on a main street in the L'Accademie district (David's home) and convenient to the Duomo, drew us in and brought us back for two dinners. We scored a table for two down the intimate corridor off the main cafe. "Farm to table" local Tuscan cuisine given a contemporary twist made it the best food... More 

2 Thank IntrepidYogini55
Blacksburg, Virginia
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

We ate there in combination with our hotel. It was wonderful. Farm to table and the service was out of this world. It is a small restaurant so on a Friday or Saturday, make a reservation. We had the tasting menu and it was an event to remember. A definite recommendation.

Thank Broadean
Bedford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Attended the restaurant with my partner and her son, who are both gluten intolerant. There were lots of choices that met their dietary needs and two of us opted for the tasting menu, with the other ordering specific dishes. The waiter was very helpful and his English was good, explaining the dishes and the wine that we were sampling. This... More 

3 Thank John S
Geneva, Switzerland
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266 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Small gem held by a young proprietor very keen in having the best organic products. Excellent vegetarian dishes and exquisite wine list (cipresso highly recommended). We made the effort to return the next day. It is a breath of fresh air from all the tourists traps in the area.

1 Thank GLS-ALS

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$27
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Camillo Cavour 27, 50129, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > San Lorenzo
  • Neighbourhood: San Lorenzo
  • Phone Number: +39 055 288330
We are located in the historic center of Florence, between Piazza del Duomo and San Marco and we offer a simple and tasty cuisine, made with the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. We owned a small farm in Reggello that provides us vegetables, fruit and extra virgin olive oil certified organic by ICEA. For this reason our menu is seasonal and changes every three months according to the production of the garden. The focus is on offer vegetarian dishes and great attention is paid to the Gluten Free offer, almost everything on the menu is suitable for people with celiac disease! Limited offer of meat, but always available in most traditional recipes:)

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San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo’s lively merchants shout out from behind stalls with an array of products in one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Florence. Different ethnic groups join together in the large outdoor market of San Lorenzo and in the Central Market, a vast multi-floored building. Visitors are bound to fall in love with this area and in particular, with its variety of food, especially those focusing on Florentine dishes as well as international selections. Nobody leaves San Lorenzo without a shopping bag in hand or with an empty stomach.
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