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“Excellent food, a little slip on one of our two evenings there”
Review of La Spada

La Spada
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Ranked #375 of 2,986 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Santa Maria Novella
Description: Cucina mediterranea, girarrosto, brace di legna, adatto alle famiglie, pranzi di lavoro. Bistecca alla Fiorentina, tagliate di manzo e tanto altro.
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We ate at La Spada twice during our time in Firenze. We know this restaurant to have very good food since we have eaten there before on previous visits. We were traveling with our granddaughter for her quinceanera (15th birthday) and she and we were looking forward to the excellent food we know at La Spada. Our first dinner was just outstanding. We sat in the far back room with a very large Italian celebration (raucous, but in a good way) and other Italian diners. Everything, from the wait staff, to the excellent dishes we ordered were so satisfying. My granddaughters ravioli dish was the best dish she had had in Europe, according to her. We had very good antipasto (pates, cheeses, meats, etc.) which we shared, followed by my gnocchi (excellent), my wife's tagliata (sliced steak over arugula with shaved pecorino), and my bistec alla Florentina. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our steaks, both cooked perfectly and very flavorful. My steak was 500g, a huge piece of meat which I wasn't able to finish. Great dessert, wine, and just a wonderful time with the waiters. Couldn't ask for more. Second visit, couple of nights later, was much more subdued, in the side dining room. Much quieter, and much less 'fun'. The food was very good as usual but the waitress was not overly outgoing (like the rest of the wait staff) and seemed to be absent for long periods of time, as if she was attending to something else. While everything food wise was quite good, we can't say that our dining experience was anything like we have come to expect from La Spada. For that reason we have given the restaurant four stars this time (we've always given it five). Might just have been an off night but it's still... Prices overall are moderate. Wine list quite long and very good. We will definitely be back.

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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

My white brother in law was promised a table in the window, but when they realized he was accompanied by three brown people we were quickly led to the back. The happened to us many times in Italy. It also took us quite a while to get a waiter’s attention.

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ristorato, Proprietario at La Spada, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017
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Non abbiamo mai risposto ad una recensione perché abbiamo sempre accettato critiche riguardanti il nostro lavoro e riconosciamo che a volte qualche piatto possa non piacere a tutti. Mai però abbiamo ricevuto critiche riguardanti il nostro comportamento e soprattutto mai ci è stato dato di razzisti, in quanto la nostra politica è di totale uguaglianza tra i nostri clienti.
Lavorando in centro a Firenze ogni giorno serviamo persone di ogni cultura e religione diverse e sono sempre state le benvenute e continueranno ad esserle.
Se volete tornare alla Spada ed avremo un posto libero vicino ad una delle vetrine saremo ben lieti di accontentarvi.


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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by our landlord and were looking forward to the meal. It was very dissapointing in every way. My starter was just mozarella cheese with a chopped tomato on three tired salad leaves with no seasoning or prrsentation at all. My main - rabbit on a spit - came cold, had hardly any meat on it and was greasy. No apologies were offered for the dish being cold. We then tried to get our bill for ages with our waiter nowhere to be seen and avaiable waitress avoiding any eye contact at all cost. Was not worth the money we spent at all

Thank Ira I
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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

The steaks are excellent steak, the desserts are wonderful, the wine is very good, the service is let’s you feel like at home and the price is acceptable.

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Good products, best grill in the area, nicely presented dishes, clean, good friendly service, variety.

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