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San Lorenzo: Trattoria Za-Za

Piazza del Mercato, 26r , Phone: 055.215411

Reviewed by: Panda from UK, review #3933

When: 2012

Very disappointing experience

Directions: On the corner of via Rosina

The attractive feature of this restaurant is the large covered area outside - not so attractive when the planks of the floor bounced everytime the staff rushed by, jolting our seats and table. There seemed to be too few waiting staff for the crowded tables but several other members of staff not doing much except failing to manage the reservations and seating. We had booked for 8 pm but were squeezed onto a badly placed table for two and there were more than a few irked would-be diners having to queue despite having reservations.

My daughter's chicken was tasty, though the accompanying beans tasted of nothing, and my fish was well cooked, but served with the same overly oily grilled vegetables as that served as a main dish for our vegetarian friend. It is in a good location, but seems to be riding on the popularity from the guidebooks and does not give value for money in my view.

Reviewed by: Bugalu from AL, review #2926

When: 2008

Za'-Za' is the perfect Trattoria, if you are looking for casual out side dining with great simple Tuscan food. It was so good, I carried home a cookbook!

Directions: Just across from the Central Market

Za'Za', photo by bugalu

If you are looking for a great Trattoria in Florence you simply must try Za'-Za'. We were first introduced to this place by my niece who was spending a semester in Italy.

She loved the life and vitality at Za'-Za'. It becomes a hot spot for students late into the night. The service is friendly whether you are going for a meal or a late night vino. It does get crowded, so reservations would be a good idea.

We enjoyed a nice table outside in their large covered dining area. We started with a plate of bruschetta and a caprese salad. We shared a plate of soup - this is a sample plate of their 3 soups: a Tuscan bean soup, a thick ribollita, and a creamy tomato soup. For our main dishs we had a huge bowl of mussels with bread, the tagliatelli with walnut sauce, and a grilled platter. All were large portions. The house wine was the perfect compliment to our meal. We (of course) finished with a cappuccino and mascarpone dessert.

We enjoyed Za'Za' so much that I brought home a cookbook! When I make my tagliatelli with walnuts I will imagine I am sitting outside the mercato centrale in Florence.

Reviewed by: colleenk from MA, review #1267

When: 2005

Pleasant restaurant in the Central Market area.

I had had 2 meals here last year on Judy's (aka Diva) recommendation and had enjoyed them both. I especially remembered the pasta with walnut sauce that I wanted to experience again. When we found ourselves in this neighborhood at lunch time I thought perche no?

I like the ambience of this restaurant and it has a pretty much even mix of locals and tourists with many students as well.

The service is friendly and efficient enough and menus are in Italian with English subtitles. I don't remember what my sister had but I had the pasta in walnut sauce once again and thought it was delicious. If you are in the neighborhood and want a nice meal for a relatively inexpensive price, this restaurant fits the bill. They also have a nice outdoor space which is pleasant when the weather cooperates.

Reviewed by: jgk from FL, review #939

When: 2004

Maybe we didn't order the right stuff here but our meal was mediocre--lukewarm pasta, lackluster seafood on skewer. Good "people watching" outside helped a bit.

Reviewed by: Tom from CA, review #59

When: 2001

Our food was okay. Nothing exceptional.

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