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Review of Hostaria il Desco

Hostaria il Desco
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Ranked #244 of 2,886 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$43
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Uffizi
Description: When talking about Tuscan cooking we talk about tradition told in many dishes ranging from Commune to Commune, from season to season and from the many varieties of products that our territory offers. Our intent has always been to follow the season, giving you the chance to taste the most regional specialties, changing the menu several times a year. We are nevertheless proud to be able to do this without GLUTINE and use most vegetables and vegetables at KM Zero.
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Florence is usually one of my least favorite cities for dining in Italy but Il Desco was certainly an exception to the rule. The food was amazing. The pasta was fresh and my gluten-free friend was able to enjoy the same types of food as myself for a change. The service was impeccable, friendly and prompt. The decor was lovely and the prices reasonable. A wonderful find tucked away from the touristy areas. I shall return on my next trip.

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2  Thank pazzarella
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

The accommodating staff, the delicious food, and the special little touches made this a restaurant we returned to. There's nothing pretentious about the welcoming glass of Prosecco, a little appetizer, and delicious gluten-free bread for me with regular bread for my husband. We particularly enjoyed sharing a steak that was expertly prepared. In sum, gluten-free or not, this place is a gem!

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1  Thank Lynda H
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Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely meal here, arrived early so no booking needed but would advise a booking if arriving later as popular. Good food - pasta balls antipasti very good and mains it salmon and chicken were good. Chicken slightly dry but was a barbecue style so expected. Would recommend

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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

We came here really excited to dine here, after reading glowing Trip Advisor reviews. The servers, quite honestly, seemed very disinterested in serving us. One of us ordered the prix fixe special, and our server neglectef to serve us our entree. When we asked, after everyone else had FINISHED their meal, there was no apologizing or sense of feeling badly.

The food was fair. One of us remarked: "It was okay. It could've been worse." The service was lacking. Perhaps Hosteria is resting on their laurels from high Trip Advisor reviews. We hope they try to improve their game going forward.

2  Thank Ros W
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

The food here is very very well done and delicious. I had come here expecting good food but had read prior reviews about questionable service.

First rave about the food. The mushroom risotto was delicious, we finished everything on the plate. It was seasoned and savory. We then shared a florentine steak. The meat was cooked perfectly, juicy inside and seared nicely with a crust. Everything was so delicious we had no room for dessert.

Now for the bad, service was just weird which marred the experience. In the hot florentine summer the place was rather warm. There were only waitresses serving a full restaurant, which explains why they were frazzled. They were rushing around from table to table, so it took awhile in between before you were attended to.

It was also weird when my husband asked for some olive oil and was told outright no. It turned out to be a joke and the waitress gave us olive oil after we finished our risotto( to say not to overfill on bread). But for the first half of the meal we were left wondering why our server was so rude, so the joke was lost in translation. We also ordered a side of salad that was forgotten in the rush.

So all in all, very good food worth visiting. Just be prepared for slightly weirder service.

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Thank Ysabelle A
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