I am a tour guide and come to Florence often. I am always surprised that Buca Poldo isn't always completely booked. I think this is due to the fact that you need to peek down a little alleyway, off the Piazza della Signoria, in the Palazzo Vecchio/Uffizi area. All of the restaurants directly on the piazza are overpriced and the food is terrible. Do yourself a favor and take just a few extra steps to find this gem of a restaurant.
There is a sign pointing toward the restaurant, near the edge of the Piazza heading toward the Ponte Vecchio, it is easy to spot. I just came from dinner there, after finishing a tour of Venice. I needed a good meal and good company. Buca Poldo was my first stop upon arriving in Firenze. They are lovely and take great pride in their food. I had the crostini toscana to begin, then the tagliata al manzo (sliced rare steak) on a bed of arugula. Unlike many Italian restaurants, the potatoes come included, you dont need to pay for an extra side vegetable.
I had a vernacchia di san gimignano with the crostini di fegato, then a great red wine with the beef (sorry, i've forgotten the name but it was only 5 euros and worth every penny!)
I then had a perfect panna cotta, super creamy and not too much gelatin or sugar added. Just creamy, delicious, wonderful panna cotta.....topped with fresh sliced strawberries. They then offered me a digestivo on the house...something called amaro di capo. It was the perfect finish to a perfect meal. I'm not big on amari but this one was great and hit the spot after a nice big meal.
They have great outdoor seating in summer, and a cozy atomosphere inside as well. If you are in the neighborhood of the Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio or the Uffizi, don't eat enywhere else! Even my Italian friends when they come to visit me in Firenze say that Buca Poldo is the best deal in the area! I really almost never eat anywhere else at this point. They do such a lovely job with everything.
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