Recommended by the concierge at Number 9 we all very much enjoyed our meal at Zibibbo. This is an upscale feeling white linen type of restaurant. My wife, a confirmed lover of all things French (except the food you get these days in Paris) felt is had a definite French touch to the décor.
She, my step-son and I all concurred that this was in the top 5 meals of our 10 day trip to Italy - and we ate in a lot of very good restaurants. After a long conversation with our server I decided to try brains for the first time. I've had most other internal organs and while there are a few I like (e.g. goose and chicken livers, sweetbreads), I'm generally not a big fane. But, I have to say, the fried veal brains were just off the charts. Such a fine subtle taste and such a fine preparation and presentation. I've never seen them on a menu so may have to wait until our next trip to Italy to have them again - which I will.
Another comment. It is soooo very hard to rate Italian restaurants - they are so much a cut most of the rest of the world in the consistency of their good food - you really have to work hard to get a bad meal anywhere in Italy. If we had had this meal in, say, Los Angeles where we live we would have for sure rated it a 5+, but when compared to other Italian places we've eaten in our 7 or 9 trips to Italy, we feel a 4 is a high rating. Another problem is TA's rating system - 1- 5 just does not leave much room for nuance. On a 1 - 10 scale we would rate this a 9 or 9.5 for most of the world (and all of Paris), and an 8 or 8.5 for Italy.
We thought the prices were very appropriate for the quality of the ambiance, the quality and presentation of the food and the level of the service. While in central Florence and a short walk from the majority of the major attractions and local hotels, the setting is on a small, very quiet street. I don't recall hearing any outside noise at all. This certainly contributes to its fine dining ambiance.
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