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Oltrarno/Santo Spirito: Trattoria I Raddi

Via dell'Ardiglione 47r , Phone: 055-211-072

Reviewed by: Jean from WI, review #3447

When: 2010

Perfect place for this weary, jet-lagged couple to have their first Italian dinner.

Directions: Via dell'Ardiglione makes a 90-degree curve. The restaurant is on the part of the street that meets Via de Serragli.

We had a wonderful meal at I Raddi. We were exhausted but excited to get out into the city and have a good meal. It's very small - maybe only 12 tables or so - and at 7:30 we were the only ones in the place. The service was great. There was a very friendly young woman who helped us and she was charming.

We split a mozzarella and tomato salad to start. My husband had ravioli and I had risotto (which could have been my meal - it was awesome!). Then we had an order of pork (fork-tender) and beef. All this with a nice bottle of wine was 60 euros.

Reviewed by: Bert from ME, review #2863

When: 2008

Great food, a warm welcome and inviting atmosphere at I Raddi, a trattoria just down the block from Residenza il Carmine

Directions: Via Dell' Ardiglione is accessed from Via Seraglio

I Raddi (named after the owners) has moved into Osteria d'Ardiglione's former location. The chef was formerly with Il Santo Bevitore. I dined at I Raddi four times in early March, twice on my own and twice with a friend. The menu offers a selction of traditional Tuscan, the chef's improvisations on Tuscan fare and several Sicilian and Sardinian secondi. The atmosphere is comfortable - white washed walls, warm lighting, benches and stools.

The reception one receives when dining on one's own is sometimes less than attentive but I was greeted cordially by Francesca and later by the chef and owner. By my third visit I felt like an old friend.

I particularly recommend the delicately seasoned crema di fagioli served with a crostina of melted aged pecorino and a drizzle of balsamic, perfectly prepared tagliati with arugula, ravioli stuffed with sweet potatoes, sauteed baccalá with crispy potato slices, ravioli served with a savory sauce of pigeon and wild mushrooms, the maiolini (rib roast of suckling pig) with berry sauce and for dessert, the silky hazelnut creme brulee. The house red is excellent as is the vin santo.

Prices are in the mid-range: antipasti and primi from 5 - 9 euro; secondi from 9 to 14 euro. Meals seemed to average 17-19 euro for one person including wine, aqua minerale and cover (There is no "coperto" at lunch).

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