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SS Annunziata: Perseus

Piazza Liberte, viale Don Minzoni


Reviewed by: Kenn from CO, review #1770

When: 2005

Most indifferent staff I have seen outside of NYC.

A beautiful restaurant with an indifferent staff.

Went early (7:30) so they couldn't claim they were busy. Waiter would not explain the menu. Had to point and ask for a crumb of information as to each entry. He brought each course in a perfunctory manner, dropped it on us and disappeared.

The food was good for the most part. My veal chop with anchovy and caper sauce was outstanding. But someone else ordered from the grill section and got a pot of broth with various meats floating in it. Maybe the meats were grilled, but the manner of presentation wasn't expected. Some help from the waiter would have helped avoid this accident. Tortollini soup was water with pasta added. Bland and unsatisfying. The gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce was great.

A beautiful but cold place in winter. Cold physically: they don't heat the place well and you eat off marble topped tables, and cold emotionally: a staff so indifferent that they might just as well be in another building. Now that I think of it the marble combined with the "dead" staff made it morgue-like.

Go to Trattoria 4 Leoni for a fun experience and great food. Come here for the possiblity of good food tempered with the possibility of disasterous choices. Too many great places to go to consider this one ever again. Maybe it was just a bad night for an otherwise good place - but I wouldn't chance it again.


Reviewed by: tuscanartist from Italy, review #1092

When: 2004

The Florentine's favorite place to eat a true bistecca.

Directions: On the north side of Piazza Libertà

I highly reccomend this restaurant ... BUT - it is not a place for vegetarians and can be loud; all hard surfaces. Must have reservations.

Living in Florence it is easy to get good ingredients to cook with so we go out only rarely and are selective. We ate at Perseus on a Tuesday evening, the 26th Oct 2004, the place was packed, 90% locals.

One walks in and is confronted with a spectacular view of the meats to be chosen, huge steaks, whole chickens opened for grilling, grilled liver, porchetta -you name it. Then as they take you to your seat you can't get your eyes off of everything that is hanging from the walls and ceiling. They run the gamut from an old brass water faucet from a bath tub to old signs and collections of unusual porcelain teapots. You almost hit your head on the bunches of garlic and tomatoes as you go to your table... Then sit down with huge decorated polish plates and order. Eyes roaming all over the place.

There were four of us. We ate 4 appetizers: 2 plates of Tuscan cold cuts with lardo from Colonnata, 2 plates of crostini, 1 Trevisano lettuce with gorgonzola and 1 taste of baccala, then they brought us a bowl of Pinzimonio (fresh vegetables to dip in freshly squeezed olive oil.) Then two of us split a Fiorentina steak and two ordered Tagliata. The steak was butter in my mouth; the "tagliata" (a steak cut in slices) was covering a bed of fresh rocket (arugula).

THEN, (I say "then" because you didn't see the size of the steak) we ate mixed grilled veggies, white beans and a salad. THEN, biscotti from Prato (cantuccini) and vin santo for 4. We drank 2 bottles of Villa Antinori red, 1 bottle of water, 2 grappas, 2 limoncellos and the bill came to €180,00. Whew...that was tough.

I can't believe that no one else has reviewed this place. Anyway, if you go there make sure and go to the bathroom to see the photographs on the walls.

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