Was going to advise some Italian (but not Fiorentino) friends to try to Sostanza during their conference in Firenze next week, based on the praise on this board of the bistecca. (I've never been to Sostanza, not being a big fan of bistecca, or Firenze for that matter! Every time I go, I'm overwhelmed by the beauty, see some great art the first day, have a disappointing dinner at night (think Cibreo!!!) and then can't wait to leave! But that's me. And I know you need to give it time and get in the rythyms and explore the backstreets, but...)
But back to Sostanza,I came across this review, which describes it a) as totally rushed and b) a place that you are going to wind up sharing a communal table with a bunch of Americani. (See link below).
Is that an accurate description of the vibe? Is the 2nd seating also rushed? I noticed it's been written up everywhere from CNN to MSNBC to Travelocity, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I'm started to think I'll just lend my friends my Slow Food guide because "NY Deli" atmosphere isn't really their thing.