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Oltrarno/Santo Spirito: Trattoria Da Ginone

Via de Serragli, 35 , Phone: 055-218758

Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: Pokey from MA, review #3217

When: 2009

My "go-to" restaurant when I first arrive in Florence. Consistently good, family run and friendly wait staff!

Directions: Just over the Ponte alle Carraia

This was my third time eating at Da Ginone. I first discovered it in 2004 and wrote a review at that time. I know that I will be greeted with a smile by Massimo, the waiter, and will eat a delicious meal. I was not disappointed with my meal.

The special for the evening was lasagna with meat sauce and béchamel. I loved Massimo's description when he described the layers of pasta. He referred to them as "a few floors of pasta" with béchamel and then the meat sauce. Excellent flavor and I was so happy to be eating my first meal in Italy at a place I felt comfortable and welcome. As I was there early (7PM) I had the place to myself, although 2 other tables filled: an Italian family and also a few businessmen.

For wine, I had a 1/4 litre of the house white. In past visits I have bought a bottle and taken it with me to the apartment. Very good and reasonably priced.

For dessert I had a chocolate torte with vanilla sauce. It was served warm, like a brownie, although it had layers similar to phyllo dough perhaps? A perfect meal to start my week in fabulous Florence!

Total meal, including wine and bottle of water was €16,00.

I will return again on my next visit.

Reviewed by: Pokey from MA, review #1586

When: 2005

Established in 1949, a traditional homestyle Tuscan trattoria, run by a wonderful group of people who love to please their guests with delicious food and drink.

Directions: Across the Ponte alla Carraia near Pza Santo Spirito

DaGinone friends, photo by Mindy

We ate here twice we loved it so much. Our waiter, Massimo, was a gem, he made us feel welcomed and he loved talking about his cats!

Our first visit: salad of artichokes and parmesan cheese E4,80; fried zucchini flowers E3,70; ravioli di ricotta and spinaci E5,20; petto di pollo alla griglia E5,70. The house white wine was so good I purchased a 1.5 litre bottle for E12,00. We also enjoyed 2 cappuccini, 1 lemon torte (E3,00) Torta "Sogni", tart with chocolate, apricot jam, almonds and pine nuts. HEAVENLY! (E 3,50).

On our return visit, we enjoyed the fried zucchini flowers again (I'd never had them before that first night and I had to have them again), ravioli with spinach, butter and sage sauce (E5,20), tortelli al ragu (E4,80), bistecca di maiale (E5,70) and again, chocolate torte with warm cream on top - decadently delicious!

We loved this place and had a lot of fun with the owners and "our" waiter Massimo! They do take credit cards and they have a vegetarian menu. I gave them a Boston keychain and postcard to hang over the bar with other gifts from satisfied customers!

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