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San Lorenzo: Giannino in San Lorenzo

Borgo San Lorenzo 35/37/r , Phone: 055.212206

Reviewed by: Earline from TN, review #1993

When: 2006

Great Bistecca Fiorentina and friendly waiters.

Ristoranti Giannino in San Lorenzo, photo by Kristina Paumen

The two of us ate here a couple of times. Good service and the food we had was great. We had the Bistecca Fiorentina and roast pork. Both with potatoes and a side order of spinach.

Three primo piatti, one antipasto, three glasses of wine, plus servizio was €40.15. I would definitely go there again and recommend it to others.

Reviewed by: kaydee from TN, review #1649

When: 2005

Great place for a traditional Tuscan meal in a very convenient location.

We had our first meal in Florence (actually our first meal in Tuscany) at this restaurant the afternoon we arrived in Florence. Our apartment was located on a higher floor of the building where Giannino's is located. We got a 10% discount due to the referral from our property manager.

Fortunately for us, this restaurant has flexible hours, maybe because it's located in a busy tourist area between the Duomo and the San Lorenzo street market. Borgo San Lorenzo is a pedestrian street of shops, restaurants, and transitory sellers. We hadn't had lunch and were very early for dinner, maybe showing up around 4:15 pm. Rather than sitting at one of the tables on the tiny outdoor area right on the crowded and narrow street, we opted to sit inside one of the dining rooms where we could still watch the street. There are a couple of traditional-looking dining rooms and also a bar, housed in an old 16th century market building.

Despite the fact that the place wasn't at all busy, the service was a bit slow, but maybe most of their staff was on break during the period between lunch and dinner.

The restaurant specializes in typical Florentine cuisine and prides itself on their bistecca alla fiorentina. We opted not to go for the big steak due to the price, though I'm a big fan of close-to-rare beef and would have loved to try it. Their steak recipe is provided on their website. Instead, we sampled other items on the extensive menu. Charley had the menu special: a plate with three different Tuscan soups, then roasted chicken and potatoes. Kelly had pasta with butter followed by fried chicken with wonderful fried zucchini. I had a caprese salad followed by pasta with meat and wine sauce. Charley and I shared a liter of wine. Our bill was €55, with our 10% discount.

Our family would eat here again, and definitely recommend this restaurant for other visitors to Florence. It would provide a nice break after touring the Duomo or the San Lorenzo market.

Reviewed by: Doru from Canada, review #713

When: 2003

Very good food and excellent service.

The restaurant’s card indicates it is closed on Thursdays, but we were there on a Thursday, and had a very good meal. It is possible that in season the restaurant is open every day.

The restaurant, occupying a number of vaulted chambers of what was once a market, serves the usual Florentine specialties, including the beefsteak, tripe and ribollita. We looked for something lighter and choose a plate of antipasti misti, arrosto di vitello with a side order of cannelloni beans, fusilli in salsa di pomodoro, half a liter of house red, coffees, all presented with excellent service by a young waiter who seemed to be intent on taking care of us and added a few crostini while we were waiting for the secondi. The 40 euro, plus tip, were well spent and we resolved to return to Giannino. By the time we left, the place was completely full, with a mix of tourists and locals.

We returned for an early dinner at Giannino, pretty early but already quite busy on a Saturday evening. The waiter who served us on Thursday recognized us with a smile (joys of a good tipper) and led us to a well placed table, on which promptly appeared diverse crostini and a carafe of red. We had again an excellent dinner: a bowl of ribollita in a lighter version than the one I had at La Torre in Castellina, cappelletti con salsa verde, carbonata di maiale with cannellini toscani, Vinsanto and zabaglione, coffee and water, all for 53 euro, plus tip. The crostini were “on the house”, a gesture we appreciated.

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