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Santa Croce: Trattoria Pallottino

Via Isola del Stinche 1 , Phone: 055.289573
www.trattoriapallottino.com

Reviewed by: Jeff Whiteaker from Slovakia, review #3844

When: 2011

Pallottino used to be a reliable standby, but having eaten there recently for the first time in four years, I feel that they've slipped a little in quality.

On trips to Florence in 2005 and 2007, I was quite wowed by Pallottino's pasta and risotto dishes, particularly a farfalle with truffle oil and zucchini shavings, and a risotto ai funghi porcini that was without question the best risotto I've ever had. However, coming back here in October of 2011, I noticed the food was a little lacking, a little less memorable or distinctive. Whereas I once recommended them pretty highly, they've slipped down my list to the point where I'm not sure they're worth mentioning anymore.

I ordered tagliatelle ai funghi porcini, which was good, but it came in a thick cream sauce, and they were really heavy-handed with it. This kind of dish works best when the sauce is light, and when the pasta is not drowning in cream. The porcinis were quite flavorful, though. My wife ordered farfalle with truffle cream sauce and slices of zucchini (similar to the one I mentioned above), but it just seemed to lack that "wow" factor that their pasta used to have. At least the pasta for both dishes was cooked perfectly al dente. So, not bad, just not that great.

For a secondo we split the chicken al mattone with roasted potatoes. Again, this was merely good. The chicken was pretty flavorful and tender, the potatoes were nicely roasted, but the whole thing was a little over-salted. Honestly, my wife (who, I admit, is a professional chef) makes this dish much, much better.

So, this review is really just an update to say that I don't recommend Pallottino as strongly as I used to. Based on this recent experience, I'd give them about a B-. You can find better food at places like I Tarocchi or Ristorante del Fagioli.

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