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Trattoria Sostanza

#148 of 2,028 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Santa Maria Novella
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Via del Porcellana 25/r, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 212691
Mon - Fri 12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
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Swieqi, Malta
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79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Discovered this restaurant through a clip on YouTube. The decor is very basic, old fashioned but nonetheless lovely. The service is friendly and efficient. We ordered the peasant soup and a home made meat carpaccio followed by their famous butter chicken (I know it does not sound like much but is nonetheless amazingly the most tasteful and tender chicken I... More 

Thank Jean G
Berlin, Germany
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While I wouldn't describe the food at Sostanza as sophisticated or elegant, it's really tasty and satisfying. Lunch there included tortellini al ragu, chicken breast in butter, artichoke omelette/torta (all the dishes they appear to be known for), all of which were delicious. Service was friendly and efficient as were the kitchen staff who peered out and asked how our... More 

Thank Evan C
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came around 21:00 with no reservation, but was lucky to be seated around 21:30. All tables were reserved. The food is traditionally toscan. Had the buttered chicken and spinach. Good, soft, very much like Vinner Schnitzel but with chicken not veal. Not a cheap dish, 20 Euro and side dish is extra (6-8 Euro). It was good, all other visitors... More 

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denver, colorado
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this old school Trattoria- they have 2 seatings and they clear the place out after the first. All the food was god, but the chicken cooked in butter is amazing- never had chicken done like this. The staff is very friendly and efficient- great evening.

Thank gary m
United Arab Emirates
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So we've read all the reviews and watched the reviews on You Tube. We booked ahead for lunch just before leaving Florence by train. We didn't have long to eat, maybe an hour at most, but we really wanted to eat here. Florence is a nice place to visit, the food is great but expensive. Not sure we'd go back... More 

Thank GingerArab
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best meals ever. Butter chicken, artichoke pie and the pavlova with wild strawberries. Yes, I could hardly walk afterwards but what a treat! Very fun, noisy, family style seating and reservations are a MUST.

Thank ginacat02
Atlanta, Georgia
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104 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here after being disappointed by another recommendation---boy, were we glad we did!!!! Great food, from starters to dessert (Butter Chicken to die for, and the wild strawberries with cream was amazing). They have two dinner seatings, and you're sat with others----give it a try!!!

Thank mcgonagallmom
Stockholm, Sweden
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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very charming place with great food and excellent service. We came to this restaurant without reservations and were almost turned away. It was fully booked but we took a chance that two people would not show up and waited. . .and we were almost right, they showed up at the last minute and took the last table that we... More 

Thank Tique222
Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I got to know this place from a wonderful London blogger (yes, Rosie Londoner) and am excited to try it out. I got lost looking for it the first night in Florence, only to be told the place is full and that it would be best I call and reserve a table. I did and am sitting happily in front... More 

Thank khaichee
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Hidden away from the crowds, this is a place that you must visit when in Florence. I shared a Bistecca alla Fiorentina and a Butter spaghetti with my husband and we were in heaven! Also, the delicious house red wine made everything even more perfect. I'll never forget this place and I'll definitely recommend to all my friends that visit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via del Porcellana 25/r, 50123, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Santa Maria Novella
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Maria Novella
  • Phone Number: +39 055 212691

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.
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