I was just told I am being sent off to Florence in January and I was greatly excited to try all the wonderful foods of this great city till I found out that most of my meals are scheduled for me. I only have 2 meals to myself sadly.
After reading many great threads on CH and seeing how my expense account is not as large as the lovely Four Seasons, I'm hoping to enjoy myself at a moderately upscale restaurant which has vegetable and seafood options. I'm appealing to the expertise of the CH'ers in Italy to help affirm my research and choices.
Sunday Dinner (we get to vote from a list of mediocre places)
- We were given the option of Perseus, Acqua al 2, i'Brindellone, Lungarno 23, Lob's fish, and Danny Rock. The last 2 names almost made me laugh so I researched the first 4. It looks like Acqua al 2 is most favoured among the CH'ers. I'm planning to place my vote for that. The general internet (yelp, tripadvisor) says i'Brindellone is another favourable option. Did I choose well?
Friday Lunch (my choice as I'm solo at this point)
- La Cipolla Rossa - The menu looked great and it was close to the market so I can explore it afterwards. I'll admit that my daughter told me to go to this particular restaurant because she saw Remy on their online site.
- Il Santo Bevitore - I saw this being recommended on here but there was no menu posted online. If anyone can provide a commentary of the types of food (any vegetables or seafood options?), it would be welcomed.
- Osteria Caffe Italiano - This was recommended to me by a co-worker because they know I'm partial towards vegetarian meals. Supposedly the vegetable flan is quite amazing here. It was also mentioned their grilled vegetables and tasting menu is quite nice as well.
- Ora d'aria - I would only consider this for lunch if Osteria Personale would be my Friday dinner and it would be worthwhile
Friday Dinner (my final meal)
- Ora d'aria - The obvious Michelin star recommendation as it's the most affordable of the 3 starred restaurants. I did see the menu and it did appeal to me with it's pesce tasting menu. Unfortunately they didn't list out a price. Does anyone know the general cost?
- Osteria personale - I read about this restaurant several times on this board and a modern take on Italian cuisine would be welcomed. The tasting menu had much appeal to me as well
I'm partial to Ora D'aria as it is more central and best for me to explore more of the town before and afterwards. I'll be walking by myself and though I've been told Florence is quite safe, I prefer to be in a more central spot. Any other recommendations to unearth a better option would be greatly appreciated.
I believe we will be heading to Mario during the week. That might be my only good meal during the week. We are staying near the new area (Novoli near the airport). Are there any places you recommend to sneak to after dinner so I can eat a good snack or even gelato?