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Oltrarno/Santo Spirito: Ristorante Ricchi

Piazza Santo Spirito 8/R , Phone: 055.215864
Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: colleenk from MA, review #1347

When: 2004

Lovely restaurant specializing in seafood. Contemporary setting, good food.

When I ate at this restaurant in 2004, I thought the food was very nice but the atmosphere was a little too NY chi-chi for me. I really like the typical Italian trattoria experience when in Italy.

However, in retrospect, I now feel that this was indeed a lovely restaurant and a nice change from the meat-heavy Tuscan cusine. I did appreciate the complimentary glass of proscecco and the palate cleansing sorbet between courses. I can't remember my pasta primi other than enjoying a tasty dish. The sea bass was excellent. However, it was a meal that I felt I could experience in NY or Boston with its contemporary feel. Not very Italian and on the expensive side.

The service was very attentive and accommodating. The company was great, as it was the first time I met our Matriarch Marian!

If you're looking for a lovely seafood dinner in a pretty, contemporary setting, this restaurant is for you. If you are looking for a more "Italian" experience, skip Ristorante Ricchi.

Reviewed by: michele from CA, review #786

When: 2004

Very hip Japanese/Tuscan fusion restaurant. Good place for fish in Florence.

At dinner it's fish, fish, and more fish which was a great relief to me after all those meaty Florentine roasts. Fried zucca flowers stuffed with ricotta and crabmeat, smoked tuna stuffed with ricotta and herbs, branzino in a nut crust, beautiful desserts, too.

I think it was about 35 euros a person w/o wine.

Reviewed by: caplanco from CO, review #492

When: 2003

Non-traditional Tuscan, primarily fish and seafood. Lively and friendly.

You are welcomed with a glass of prosecco as soon as you sit down. The menu is primarily fish and seafood with interesting dishes. The owner/hostess is charming and evidently wants you to enjoy the experience. An amuse bouch soon arrives, like a scoop of Italian style guacamole topped with shrimp, or grilled sardines. Although she tried to explain some of the dishes to us, we just took a chance on a couple of fish dishes with which we weren't familiar, and they were excellent. We went back again and my husband had the fritto misto which was elegantly presented and excellently prepared. Highly recommended.

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