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“Wonderful meal in Florence”

Cantinetta Antinori
Ranked #477 of 2,785 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Duomo
Reviewed 21 March 2014

We enjoyed a lovely lunch here during our visit to Florence. The entrees and wine were incredible and by far one of the best we experienced while staying in Italy. It is a very nice restaurant so plan to dress appropriately and pay handsomely for the meals. Luckily we had a walking tour of Florence after our meal to walk off our wine before driving back to Castellina in Chianti. Make reservations during high season and peak times. Lovely ambience.

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Reviewed 14 December 2013

Great wine of course, but also typical Italian cuisine. Never go there if you have to drive on your own.

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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Charming two level restaurant, the entrance is tucked away at the back of an archway so you will only see the address number, not the restaurant until you go up the steps. There is a sign stand but we were so focused on the address we walked past it at first, assuming the entrance was on the street. The restaurant is famous for their selection of wines and they offer a wide range of prices starting under thirty euros. Small but interesting menu. Split an order of assorted canapés to start which were ok but nothing special. For entrees ordered the rabbit with sautéed spinach which was excellent and veal scaloppine with porcini mushrooms. I had forgotten that porcini mushrooms can sometimes have a slimy quality when cooked down, so the dish was just good, not great for me. My husband wanted to try the pecorino cheese with chestnut honey and the waiter was happy to bring a small slice and just charged 5 euros which was more than fair for the portion. Split a warm pear tart with a custard sauce to finish which was very good. Those rich Italian egg yolks gave the sauce a nice soft yellow color. 128 euros for the meal including water,a 32 euro bottle of chianti wine and cappuccinos . (The waiter had also suggested a Tuscan wine to go with our meal but we weren’t willing to splurge for 80 euros, especially since a fine wine like that needs to breathe a long time before serving). Lovely ambiance, quiet, good service, made our reservation by email.

Walking home along the Piazza Antinori was a perfect ending. The street doesn't look like much during the day even with all the expensive shops, but at night it is beautifully lit and has a magical quality. Plus a group of young German men had set up a beer drinking game in the middle of the pedestrian thoroughfare, (whoever hit the can in the middle had to drink as much as they could until the other team set the can upright again) and a small crowd had gathered to cheer them on. The game was just in good fun and no one was drunk and my sons got a kick out of the video I emailed them.

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Thank alwaysplanahead
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

We went there for dinner after a friend's suggestion.
However this is not a very good option if you want to eat well. The menu has few dishes to decide, every dish has small quantity of food, the waitress who served us didnt know much English. Generally a cold place to eat, with no music and a very formal style. What we ate was medium and in no way reaches the high standards that someone could expect from the restaurant. Before we go we saw also the good suggestions from tripadvisor for this place, however when we left we were wondering what the other people did/ate differently from us to suggest it a so good restaurant. It was very expensive too. The wine was very good, but in Tuscany, the wine is perfect everywhere... The last thing is that the restaurant is closed on weekends.

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Thank Kostas-Evi-2013
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

We've eaten here twice, once 9 years ago and just recently. More recently the food was good to average when compared to similar restaurants, with the price being around the same to a little higher. We had excellent service and a very helpful waiter. When we asked about what he looks for in a bad bottle of wine, he later brought us a cork and bottle of wine they had just opened that had been tainted at bottling and was clearly flawed, and explained what he had noticed.
You of course have an excellent assortment of Antinori wines to choose from, at essentially retail prices. We had an amazing Brunello the first visit, and a solid, less expensive one the second.

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Thank Tom_and_Consuelo
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