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Uffizi: Buca del Orafo

Volta dei Girolami, 28r , Phone: 055.213619

Closing day: Sunday & Monday

Reviewed by: Robert Rainey from CA, review #836

When: 2004

Great place near the Ponte Vecchio for traditional Tuscan fare.

Directions: On the right side of the Ponte Vecchio on the city side, look to the left when facing the river. Under a small covered area.

I started with Crostini Florentini -Liver Pate on small toasts. Wine: Antinori Pepoli Chianti. The waiter (who may have been the owner also) recommended this when I would have gone for the more expensive tenute Marchese Chianti.

Taglierini al funghi Porcini-I thought that this was a fall dish so I was pleasantly suprised when fresh mushrooms were available; you can smell them as soon as you enter the restaurant! Spinaci saltari aglio e olio, great. Maltagliati sugo e pecorino. (That's right, two pastas. I was carbo loading for my 62 mile race.)

Fabulous blend of tastes, of course the pasta was fresh as well. I highly recommend this place. I didn't write down the price but it was moderate and half bottles of wine are available; welcome for single traveling wine drinkers.

Reviewed by: Michele from CA, review #785

When: 2004

Cozy Spot for dining with Florentines

Two people about $65 with a 1/2 carafe of wine.

Wonderful casual with a bohemian feel spot for lunch and dinner. Ribollita, artichoke tortino, chicken with onions, osso bucco, pasta with baby peas,brains, wild strawberries, poached pears..everything was superb. The bow-tied owner is most gracious. YOu MUST make reservations and it's cash only.

Reviewed by: Tom from CA, review #42

When: 2001

The food was great with very friendly service.

Directions: Tom's note calls the street Volta de Girolami. From the Boboli Gardens side, cross the Ponte Vecchio and turn left towards the Uffizi and it is a few hundred feet down. The entrance is under an archway and it is easy to miss.

This was a basement restaurant right next to the Ponte Vecchio. The food was great with very friendly service. I highly recommend the house dessert. We typically skipped dessert on this trip but made an exception here.

Reviewed by: Amy from MA (moderator), review #41

When: 2001

Tiny place is right near the Ponte Vecchio and has wonderful food.

This tiny place is right near the Ponte Vecchio, but you have to know where to look! It's on the little covered alleyway street to the left, just before the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio. The hotel Hermitage is just across. Wonderful meal here! Not fancy, but excellent traditional Tuscan food. Great food, funny waiters, nice mix of local businesspeople and tourists. Have the gnocchi, carpaccio with funghi, the osso bucco, and the fiore fritte!

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