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Oltrarno/San Frediano: Alla Vecchia Bettola

Viale Vasco Pratolini 3/7n (at Piazza Tasso) , Phone: 055.224158

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Bert from ME, review #2864

When: 2008

Alla Vecchia Bettola ("At The Old Dive"), good food and friendly staff at lively neighborhood trattoria

Directions: Please note: the address in The Food Lover's Guide to Florence is incorrect

Alla Vecchia Bettola is a popular San Frediano trattoria. When we arrived at 8:15 on a Wednesday night the dining room was packed. We seemed to be the only non-locals (or at least non-Italian speakers.)

Decor is basic but appealing - marble topped tables, wooden benches and stools.

We started with perfectly prepared crostini with fegatini topping and split the Penne alla Bettola - this is the tomato and vodka sauce: piccante, sweet and rich. I had a simple but perfectly delicious pork cutlet grilled and served with lemon; my companion has fried boneless rabbit accompanied by fried artichokes, also accompanied by lemon wedge The rabbit was crisp but tender.The artichokes crunchy on the outside and creamy within. I also had gelato with masses of fresh raspberries - perfetto!

The house wine is good. If you order, a straw covered bottle is placed on the table for you to pour at will.

The bill for two totaled 73 euro which included cover, mineral water and a contorni of white beans.

Coffee drinkers warning: the only café is instant.

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