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Duomo: Osteria Zio Gigi

Via Folco Portinari, 7 , Phone: 055215584


Reviewed by: Mazowin from NC, review #3595

When: 2010

Delightful small osteria with really good food, and generous portions.

Directions: About two blocks east of the Duomo on a little side street

We ate lunch at this charming osteria after shopping at the San Lorenzo leather market. It is small, with one room in the front, and another in the back. It seemed to be frequented mostly by regulars, as the owner greeted most by name. The owner was very gregarious and cheerful, singing all the time we were there.

I had the 8 euros lunch special, which consisted of a primo of pasta (I chose fettucini with ragu meat sauce) which two people could share with some left over, and for a secondo I chose baccala (baked cod) with vegetables. I wasn't sure about ordering baked cod, but it is a specialty in Florence, and it was absolutely delicious - beautifully cooked and presented with potatoes, olives, capers, and tomatoes in a light sauce. My sister had the bistecca alla Fiorintina, and it was a huge piece of lightly grilled steak served with lemon - very flavorful and tender - for 12 euros. With two diet Cokes (we are addicted) and bread, the whole lunch came to 28 euros. It was one of the best meals, and one of the nicest experiences, we had in Florence. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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