My wife and I return to Italy in two weeks for an annual week's vacation. Over the past fifteen or so years I've explored, as best I can, numerous restaurants in Florence, Verona, Genoa, Bologna and Venice. At this point, with one or two exceptions, we tend to revisit those that we have had wonderful experiences at. Such as Venice's Alle Testiere, Umbria's Il Postale, Florence's Sostanza, Panzano's Vescovino and, of course, Le Calandre, which I have raved about endlessly on here. (I would revisit La Fornace and Baldin near Genoa but can't rationalize the 200 km detour!) For me, return visits to Calandre allow me to sample how Massimiliano's food evolves. Seven or eight years ago he had a lot of misses. Today, he is regarded as a genius, perhaps Italy's greatest chef.
Still, the bisteca at Sostanza and the pizza at Il Pizzaiola excepted, I have not found a restaurant in Florence that I really can rave about. Cibreo is excellent but mostly Americans which, for me, is a turn off. (Well, maybe not so many with the Euro at 1.31 to the dollar!) Enoteca was a visit when the Euro was .84 and then I thought it was overpriced so for today I do not return.) We must have been to 25 or 30 other Florentine restaurants and on this trip we dedicate a night to another for a first visit: Beccofino.
Has anyone been to this? It is regarded by some as Florence's "hottest" restaurant and one of the more difficult reservations.