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Uffizi: Ristorante del Fagioli

Corso dei Tintori 47 , Phone: 055 244285

Reviewed by: Jeff Whiteaker from Slovakia, review #3836

When: 2011

Definitely a place to check out for good, honest, simple Tuscan cuisine.

Fagioli was on our shortlist of new (to us) restaurants to try during our recent trip to Florence. Luckily, just about everything we’d read about the place turned out to be true. The décor was classic trattoria – wood paneled walls, coat hooks everywhere, and shelves overhead lined with ancient bottles of wine. The friendly waiter patiently explained a few of the dishes to us in simple Italian (although he clearly spoke English, he was indulging my desire to keep the interaction in Italian). The clientele was about half tourists and half locals.

For primi, I ordered penne with a Bolognese meat sauce, while the wife ordered pumpkin gnocchi in a super fresh tomato sauce. The penne were perfectly al dente, and the sauce, while basic and dead simple, was quite good. A very satisfying pasta dish. The gnocchi were wonderfully fresh, with that light, pillow-y softness, while the pumpkin added a subtle sweetness that went surprisingly well with the obviously fresh tomato sauce.

For a secondo, I ordered the roast pork with potatoes and white beans. This pork is up there with the best I’ve had in Italy. It came sliced, in a rich, flavorful sauce liberally infused with garlic and rosemary. The pork itself was extremely tender, while the whole dish had me exclaiming “wow” with nearly every bite. Proof that if you know what you’re doing, you can work wonders with simple, fresh ingredients.

If you’ve got a hankering for simple, honest Tuscan fare that is prepared by people who clearly know (and care about) what they’re doing I’d definitely give Fagioli a try. But the place seems to fill up fast, so get there early or make a reservation. We would definitely go back.

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