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Uffizi: Pennello

via Dante Alighieri, 4r , Phone: 055 294 848

Closing day: Sunday evenings and all day Monday

Reviewed by: Barbara (and Art) from Italy, review #3331

When: 2009

A charming little restaurant with great food

Directions: just around the corner from Dante's house

il Pennello, photo by Barbara Skinner

We stumbled across the Pennello accidentally, and we weren't disappointed. It's a charming small trattoria with personal service and great food.

Art ordered the cinghiale with polenta (12), and I had the pasta of the day with spinach and ricotta(8). We asked for an extra plate so that we could share, and we were both impressed with the food. The cinghiale was fork tender, the polenta creamy, and the pasta was generously filled.

We didn't see wine listed by the liter or half liter, and since we didn't want a whole bottle for lunch, Art asked if something smaller was available. The owner/waiter told us he'd just bring us a jug of Chianti and we would only pay for what we drank. When the bill came we were amazed to see that the charge for one very nice sized glass of wine was only 2!

Mixed salads were 4 each, and our total bill including water and coffee was 33. Although there were a few tourists here (which is inevitable, given it's close proximity to Dante's house), most of the patrons were Italian, and this place seems to be just what you'd expect of a little neighborhood trattoria.

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