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San Lorenzo: Ristorante Le Fonticine

Via Nazionale, 79r , Phone:
Closing day: Sunday + Monday

Reviewed by: Catia Vescovi from Canada, review #3332

When: 2009

One of the older and more authentic restaurants Renaissance Florence offers is called "Le Fonticine".

the back interior of the restaurant, photo by Catia Vescovi

One of the older and more authentic restaurants Renaissance Florence offers is called " Le Fonticine". There you will be immersed in a little history while savouring fine Tuscan food.

The richly decorated rooms contain a vast collection of original,modern paintings belonging to the friendly owner, Signor Silvano Bruci. They are bright and colorful, hung along every wall, there to be glanced and enjoyed while appreciating "taglierini ai tartufi e funghi freshi",(homemade noodles in truffle and fresh mushrooms),delicious appetizers like eggplant, spinach and mushrooms, and not to miss the thick and juicy "bistecca alla Fiorentina",(grilled Florentine steak), thus paired with a nice bottle of fine Chianti.

The ambience is semi formal,the staff is cheerful and attentive, and the gracious owners offer a wealth of culinary knowledge that dates back to when the restaurant was first opened in 1959 by Signora Bruna Grazia.

Although dining here can be on the expensive side, it is worth every penny, and visiting is a must.

Dinner for two including wine and 12% service fee - 120 euros.

Reviewed by: Monica Pileggi from MD, review #1916

When: 2006

Wonderful dinner, lovely atmosphere

Wonderful Antipasti, photo by Monica J. Pileggi

May 13, 2006: Make sure you make dinner reservations for the back room, as you will pass the open kitchen and the wonderful display of their antipasti. The back room is filled with great paintings on the wall – very colorful. Service was great. My friend June (with her daughter Jill) and I dined together.

The restaurant starts with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. For my meal, I ordered the antipasti platter, with various foods selected for me: Marinated artichoke, stuffed tomato, marinated mushrooms, salami, olives, a quiche of some sort, marinated onions, and eggplant. For my entrée, I ordered the Osso Bucco with spinach, which was excellent. Along with an excellent bottle of wine for the three of us, my meal came to €45.

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