We dined here on the recommendation of a Florence friend and of Tripadvisor. I was reading the wine list when the waiter asked me what we fancied. I suggested a Chianti Classico Riserva at which point he whisked the list from me and said - we speak Italian - 'this is what you want: Forra'. It was indeed delicious (I know the wine) but it was also one of the most expensive chiantis on the list.
Never mind, we thought, we are here to enjoy the food. The first course was lovely, but the second was a hugely overpriced frittata of four tiny ribs in batter and about a dozen strips of tasteless slices of courgette, for 22 Euros. Quite shocking really. The Ivy in London, a regular favourite of ours as well as a top world restaurant, would never dare charge so much for so little.
As for the coperto at 6 Euros, it consisted of 5 slices of dull bread without olive oil or anything else to accompany it.
We had eaten out in Florence much better, and more cheaply, the four nights before.
Our bill for two came to 120 Euros. Just for good measure they tried to bounce us into paying in sterling, which we indignantly declined . As at least one other Tripadvisor reviewer was apparently tricked into this, beware. All it means is that you will be paying even more than you thought. It is an underhand way of charging customers extra.
We came away saddened more than anything as our last night in Florence left a bad taste, as it were. There are many reasonably priced and also outstanding places to eat in Florence. This, I don't honestly think, is one of them. We have told our Florence friends to avoid the place in future. It may well have been good once. It is not now.
rweis , London
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