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Duomo: Zio Gigi

via F. Portinari 7/r , Phone: 055.215584

Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: Earline from TN, review #1987

When: 2006

Outstanding food and service located near the Duomo. Lots of locals eat here. Killer Beefsteak Florentine!

Raw Salmon with Pink Pepper, photo by Kristina Paumen

The food was freshly prepared for each diner. We had the Beef with Rosemary and Beef with Tomatoes and it took an hour to get the dishes, but it was because they were marinated dishes and the marinade was added after the diner ordered it -- not hours ahead of time just so they could "be ready in case". They were excellent! Other outstanding offerings were Pasta with Pomodori, Raw Salmon with Pink Pepper, Shrimp with white beans and arugula, Beefsteak Florentine, and for dessert: Cream Puff with Chocolate Sauce. For dessert, I was introduced to Borghetti Coffee Liqueur by Ana, our waiter. Great recommendation!

One evening the Shrimp with White Beans and Arugula came out with the shrimp raw. The waitress said that the cook offered to remake the dish for us. That was the only bad experience in the several meals we ate there.

Lots of locals eat here. The service was always excellent. There were usually two of us, but on one occasion there were three.

A normal meal for two: 2 courses each, dessert, and with a liter of house white wine was about Euro47.50.

Reviewed by: palasr from NY, review #1885

When: 2006

A very nice family-style osteria that was always packed with locals.

Zio Gigi is a couple of blocks behind the Duomo, and is a typical family style osteria. We had walked by a day or two earlier and noted that the place was packed with locals, so it might be a good place to try. On Easter Sunday afternoon we happened to notice that Zia Gigi was open, so we decided to give it a try. We had to wait a bit for a table, and actually ended up sharing with two younger guys who were obviously enjoying their steaks (which looked excellent).

Zio Gigi had a "special" Easter menu - Buon Pasqua - and the choices were well-rounded: some typical antipasti, a few nice pasta dishes (I had the gnocchi with asparagus which was very filling) and a very good seafood risotto. Also available were a a few fish dishes and, of course, the aforementioned Florentine steaks. I had an excellent plate of sauteed spinach on the side, and a type of "Easter pie" for dessert which was very creamy and tasty.

We each had an antipasto and a plate of pasta with a side dish, a half-liter of wine, as well as dessert and coffee. Service was efficiently good, albeit a bit frantic (they were really busy). The price for two was a refreshingly affordable 42. I would certainly return.

Reviewed by: colleenk from MA, review #1339

When: 2004

The cheapest meal of my Florence stay!

This Osteria-Pizzeria was right around the corner from the Duomo and my B&B, Tourist House Ghiberti. After passing it several times and always seeing it full, I thought I would give it a try and I was glad I did.

I had a wonderful insalata mista, a 1/2 carafe of wine and a very good spicy pasta dish for only 10 euros! This was a place filled with students who knew a good deal when they saw one. A great spot for families on a budget with good Tuscan fare and friendly service.

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