Wishing to avoid the crowds in Florence, we stayed in Fiesole, which is an attractive town at the end of the number 7 bus route. We had a couple of pretty fair meals at Reggia with its spectacular views, but ate 5 marvellous dinners at I'Polpo.
It is closed for lunch but open seven nights a week. We chose a local Chianti on the first night and it was so very good and inexpensive that we did not try any others.
The cooking is done by a wonderfully deft and gifted lady and most of the service by another, there was also a very capable man in attendance and a much younger man, who was, well, very wiling. The most spectacular dishes featured wild boar, rabbit, beef with very fresh, delicate pasta ribbons and had some of the best flavours we had ever tasted. The sweetness of the tomato in the sauces was an absolute revelation.
There was home-made flat bread with tomato, oregano and olive oil, which was far better than any bread I have ever tasted.
The restaurant is quite intimate and we often had a table opposite the grill, from which we were able to also enjoy the theatricality of the production and service of the meals.
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