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Santa Croce: il Pizzaiuolo

Via De' Macci, 113 , Phone: 055.241171

Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: Suzanne McE from CA, review #2781

When: 2007

Good food, fun atmosphere but appalling service

With the relative collapse of the dollar my sister and I found the prices at Cibreo to be prohibitive and we were drawn to the convivial atmosphere at this little pizzeria across the piazza. Luck was on our side and we were seated immediately.

The menu offered lots of attractive options but they didn't provide a wine list. I speak passable italian and asked the waitress if they had wine by the pitcher. When she responded negatively I then requested a bottle of their house red. I found it very odd when the Swedish couple at the adjoining table who also requested the house red received a different wine.

The place was very busy and the server was quite abrupt. Still, both our salads were good and my order of pasta was delicious though I kept thinking I'd seriously missed out when I saw the seafood dishes at the next table. We struck up a conversation with the other couple and we all noted the cursory treatment that both our parties were getting.

The fireworks started at the end of the meal. I would have liked to get an espresso but we were informed that we needed to vacate our table, as were the couple next to us, because they needed our tables for another party. We were all pretty shocked at that comment and even more annoyed to see that the "house" wine that we'd been given was 18 euros compared to the 10 euros charged the next table. When I tried to question the waitress about the discrepancy, in Italian, she acted as though she didn't understand anything I said and waved me off. I couldn't get any response from the other person at the door so we paid our bill and left.

I travel to Italy regularly, this was my second trip in 2007, and I've never experienced anything approaching the treatment at this restaurant. Stay away.


Reviewed by: Earline from TN, review #1992

When: 2006

Napoli style pizza in Florence.

Napoli style pizza, photo by Kristina Paumen

My teacher at the Koinč school said that this is the only place in Florence where you can get genuine Napoli style pizza. A small place, but lots of character and lots of locals eating there. The kitchen was open right off the dining area so you could watch the pizza maker at work and see everything that he was putting on the pizza.

There were two of us. I had a pizza with olives, artichoke hearts and porcini; my daughter had risotto. They were both very good and reasonably priced. Service was excellent.


Reviewed by: colleenk from MA, review #1344

When: 2004

Good Pizza in the Saint'Ambrogio Market area

A cute pizzeria across from Cibreo that was relatively uncrowded on a weekday for lunch after 1 pm. I had a Margherita pizza which was very good and my friend had a sausage pizza that was not quite as good. Reasonable prices and house vino rosso was fine. This is a deep pizza style with lots of cheese, so come hungry!


Reviewed by: Monica Pileggi from MD, review #900

When: 2004

Excellent Neapolitan pizza. Reenie and I enjoyed the pizza caprese and bottled water. Equivalent of US$12.

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