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Outskirts: Cercina: Dai Ricchi

Cercina/Via della Docciola 14 , Phone: 055.402024

Closing day: Tuesday

Reviewed by: Judith from Umbria, review #60

When: 2001

Great restaurant in village outside of Florence.

Directions: Near Florence. Take the Via Bolognese up past Trespiano, the city cemetery, and turn left onto the road for Cercina (right after the turnoff for the cemetery parking lot). The road winds for several kilometers, passing through a couple of hamlets and up a steep hill (turn left at the top of it), and the restaurant is on the left.

Dai Ricchi is in a village that is frazione di Firenze. It's an insider-world-famous place for people who know Washington well, where one son has opened two great restaurants. It has NO sign, the village is impossibly scary to drive in, but I had one dish that was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Everything was good, but this was superb. What more could you ask for for $40?

It's easiest to take a bus from Firenze, but not at night, when it stops before you finish dinner. I drove it. I broke a rear view mirror that night .. not mine, someone else's. The street is one laneish and has stone walls both sides and someone has to back up if you meet. It was me. It was about 1/4 KM.

Cesco Ricchi is the son of this family in Washington DC. He now is divorced and his wife kept I Ricchi in Washington and he opened Cesco's in Bethesda, a cheaper more trattoria place, but not cheap and not plain.

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