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Tuscany Bistrot
Price range: US$30 - US$45
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Santo Spirito / San Frediano
Reviewed 21 October 2013

Steak Fiorentina is virtually the only dish on the menu at this tidy, little bistrot. It is a classic, must try meal for two if you are in Florence and the offering here was stupendous. There is a choice of sizes from which to choose. We chose the mid-price "royal" for 60 euros.
This included 1/2 bottle of wine, bottle of water, choice of home baked breads and a starter of cold meats, local cheeses and a honey dip (very different and delicious). The main dish then arrived on a lazy susan with the t- bone standing proud in the middle, carved of its meat that was cooked to perfection and accompanied by a very generous selection of vegetables and salads.There must have been more than a kilo of meat to share. Four people would have eaten well from this offering; I exaggerate not.
The meat and cheese were all locally sourced and the very pleasant, young waitress was full of local information.
Although the bistrot is a kilometre west of the Pont Vecchio the walk is interesting along the banks of the River Arno and you certainly will appreciate the walk back after a meal truly fit for a royal.

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1  Thank DickandDi
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Best. Meal. Ever.

We turned up having not made a reservation and should really have taken the advice on here to book. We were met with a friendly waitress (Barbara) who said there was nothing for half an hour. No problem, we wanted to eat here so we left to come back in due course. As we were out the door, Barbara called us back as another couple heard the conversation and said they were just leaving. This really is testament to how good this restaurant is, that other patrons didn't want us to miss out. Relieved, we sat straight down.

We could not believe that the prices quoted were for two people. The most expensive thing on the menu was steak with veg, salad, water, bread and 500ml of wine. Oh yes, it also included a platter of meats and cheese starter to share.... all for 60 euros. This was duly ordered!

When the food arrived it was a gob smacking moment... Both myself and my girlfriend looked at each other in awe at the 10cm t-bone protruding from the centre of the wooden plate. Artistically placed around the bone were courgettes, potatoes, lettuce and tomato. But the main mouth watering aspect was the 8 huge lumps of beef cut already cut from the bone. The anticipation as we both took one of these and cut a slither off... The reality was better than the expectation! The steak was just perfect. Crispy and charred on the outside and all the way through to rare on the inside, this was a taste sensation. I want to go back!

You will be missing out if you don't go here... It is a little difficult to find as the 'point me there' function on the app took us to the wrong place, but the search just adds to the mystery and exclusivity of this wonderful place. Think of Leonardo DiCaprio eventually finding the beach in 'The Beach.'

Brilliant service, great staff, wonderful ambiance and perfect food! Cannot fault!

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3  Thank Stuphoria
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

€45 for a set dinner, no starter as we have our heart set on the platter from Il Santino. More than enough to share between the two of us, plenty of meat, cooked to perfection. Juicy yet not covered in blood. Free flow of alcohol and water. Waitress was attentive. Overall a good experience... Unfortunately we are just a two, we were jealous of how the bigger group's dinner was presented!!

1  Thank Nitchevo
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Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

This is a lovely restaurant, good service and the chef seems rightly proud. We had the ?45 for 2 menu and there were 4 of us. Final bill was ?94. The T-bone steaks are huge and the vegetables are perfectly cooked. It is fantastic value. However, I can't give it full marks. Its probably my ignorance as to how the locals like their steak and I didn't think to ask when ordering but to say it was bleu is an understatement. The steak was very thick and far too rare, even for the wife who likes her steak very rare. If it had been rare or ideally medium rare I would have given it 5 stars. Just make sure you know what you are getting when you order and I'm sure you will enjoy this place.

Thank Toffeeman1965
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Reviewed 18 June 2013 via mobile

This little restaurant has a small menu but it works perfectly as what they make they make great. We went for fillet steak and even though their dishes serve 2 they accomodated 3 of us. The starter and main portion was huge so good value for the 26 euros. It comes with water and wine but house wine which was about 6 of 10. Very authentic setting with friendly people and 90% locals. Not much of a vibe tho so gets 4 stars from me.

1  Thank 9Marcel
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