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Alla Vecchia Bettola

#288 of 2,064 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Viale Vasco Pratolini 3/5/7, 50124, Florence, Italy
+39 055 224158
12:00 - 14:30
19:30 - 22:30
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
19:30 - 22:30
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Almost 30 years ago, my father and my sister met a couple in this restaurant when my sister asked what it was that the woman across from them was eating. It was, simply, a slice of toasted bread upon which she rubbed a raw garlic clove and them added some olive oil. The woman offered to share her bread with... More 

Thank LauraMD
London, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

This is the kind of place you'd never discover by yourself - but with a Michelin guide and a willingness to traipse off the beaten track, it's hugely worth the trouble. Lunch here on on a rainy Saturday was an experience - packed with locals, all of whom seemed to know each other, not a tourist in sight (we were... More 

Thank Gorgeous10
London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Great Florentine dishes served in great atmosphere my only complaint was to seat on a hard bench and my guests on a stool sharing the table with other customers however in summer is lovely to seat outside. LA VECCHIA BETTOLA is part of a well run small chain of restaurants in Florence . The name "Bettola " in Italian normally... More 

Thank Davide64_11
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

So this is the place I would never find myself. But my friend who has been living in Florence for a while took me out for a dinner. And I was really impressed with meals and nice stuff but most of all because the place was really full of people (mostly locals). Nice 1kg steak and the side dishes. The... More 

Thank TimT84
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

The food is very Tuscan "casalinga". And the autumn funghi porcini are out of this world. If you think you have had porcini in the the states-- let me know after you try them here. Generally when traveling alone, I have felt uncomfortable in restaurants in Italy. This is a wonderful place because the whole idea is you sit with... More 

Thank Annie K
Nicosia, Cyprus
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

For the last 20 years the restaurant "Alla Vecchia Bettola" has been - among one more reason - a good reason to always come back to Florence. Even if this meant having to fly for a couple of hours and having to ride on a train for another couple of hours. Starting with crostini toscani and continuing with penne alla... More 

Thank Costas M
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Had a great dinner yesterday with Friends. Fantastisc food , noisy and great athmosphere! A littl pen bit hard to get a table while it is so popular.

Thank Mikael C
Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We came here on the recommendation of our B&B hosts as a traditional Italian restaurant. We loved it. The menu is all in Italian (no English) but the owner/waiter patiently translated each dish for us even though the place was super busy. We had the artichoke salad, the beef and mushroom pasta and the beef stew. Two of us shared... More 

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New York, NY
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Had a great dinner at Vecchia Bettola. Had read reviews here and elsewhere, and also asked concierge about it and he recommended it also. Was not disappointed. Very homey and authentic, and casual fun place. Seated at large table with others if there is room at the table. Food was wonderful. We each had a pasta and then had the... More 

Thank almesq
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

This place was recommended to us by two different friends who live in the area. Their delicious house pasta is only a great start leading up to the magnificent Florentina steak they prepare. Coupled with bottomless house wine and shared tables, this place is the perfect spot to start you evening in Florence.

Thank Saed A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
19:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
19:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
19:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
19:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
19:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Viale Vasco Pratolini 3/5/7, 50124, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence
  • Phone Number: +39 055 224158

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?