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“Authentic and simplistic. Best Florence has to offer. ”

Osteria Vecchio Cancello
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Wed, 19/6
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Ranked #4 of 2,916 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: €9 - €36
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Neighbourhood: Piazza dell'Indipendenza
Description: Lovely family restaurant in Florence center, in a quiet street near the train station, 10 minutes to the Duomo and very close to Fortezza da Basso, with a nice indoor garden. Here you can find Own Organics Wines and Extravergin Olive Oil directly from our farm, located in the middle of Chianti hills. Our Specialties are the very good quality Meat in particular the Florentine T-Bone Steack and Game Meat, Homemade Fresh Pasta and everytime fresh vegetables dishes. The owner's daughter, has dedicated the name of this restaurant to the farm of her uncles, wher she was born and raised.
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Went to dinner for my brother's birthday, found this place based off the very good reviews it's received. And believe me, more than lives up to the hype.

From the moment we entered, we instantly got a homely feel. The decor was made up of old bottles of vintage wines, worn ancient books and artistic paintings of the idyllic Italian countryside.

There was the feeling that we were eating at an authentic, old-school Italian restaurant - combining both fine dining flavours with the traditional flavours of 'home.'

The waiters and owner were very friendly, enthusiastic and helpful. We ordered a simple, but fresh Caprese salad - a reminder that great food need not be overly complex or tiresome, but combining the freshest ingredients with the freshest flavours.

The eggplant parmigiana too was lovely. You could really taste the organic and clean flavours of the dish: homegrown aubergines, fresh tomatoes and a good helping of cheese. This was complimented well by the ravioli with walnut and truffle sauce - a very rich dish which contrasted the light freshness of the aforementioned two nicely.

However, the evening meal was stolen by the spaghetti pomodoro and the tagliatelle with prawns. The prawns were so delicately soft and flavourful - barely seasoned so you could really indulge in the truest flavours. The spaghetti too was very lightly seasoned and prepared simply, but the freshness of the tomatoes and olive oil really elevated this dish, it was the best pasta we've had so far in Florence. There was no need to add the salty Grana Padano or the sharp Pecorino; nor was their a need to add chilli to our ever lasting desire for spice in our food. Simply put, the spaghetti was a testament to true home cooking - using the freshest ingredients to create the best flavours.

Finally, the meal was topped off with an apple cake packed with fresh apples which contrasted the decadent, rich chocolate tart. Both were excellent but nothing topped the phenomenal tiramisu. Fresh cream, good quality coffee and a good helping of chocolate.

We had a truly tremendous meal this evening and we will be returning again before we depart, hungry for more.

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

We were staying about 60 seconds walk from Osteria Vecchio Cancello and were heading out for our first ever Bistecca alla Fiorentina when the heavens opened and rain poured down. We dived into the Osteria as the first place we came to and luckily they took us in and found us a table.

My daughter and I decided to share 1KG of Bistecca and, whilst we normally have our steak medium to well done, we asked for it to be cooked 'alla Fiorentina'. Guided by our fabulous waiter and the lovely, friendly staff we had the perfect wine (actually the House wine - sublime!) and the most delicious piece of meat I've ever eaten. The charcoal grilled, salty outside yielding to the blue middle that melted in the mouth .. served simply with a salad it was a fantastic meal and a wonderful experience we will never forget.

If you get the chance, go to this restaurant you will not be disappointed.

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

We really had a great time here, the food was fabulous, especially the homemade Pasta. The Service was fast and friendly without being too fast. We will come back here soon.

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank MatthiasWi
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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Amazing restaurant and brilliant staff! Our food was fabulous, the wine selection was brilliant and sourced locally. We enjoyed every minute of it and will definitely return!

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Excellent waiting staff, good food presentation and all around good experience. I would recommend to anyone

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank GiorgiaT371
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