I Raddi, is a great place to have lunch if you are on the Oltrarno. It is located at Via Ardiglione 47r, Florence, it is just off of via Serragli and near Piazza delle Carmine. Even if you make a special trip just to have lunch there, you won’t regret it. Authentic, but with a creative touch, I Raddi has great food with great prices. I have written about I Raddi before, but to my surprise it has been 2 years ago. I visit there often and am always delighted with my meal.Today I was with a crowd, so there are lots of photos for you to salivate over! Scroll your cursor over the photo for a description of the dish. They are opened every day for lunch from 12:30-3:30 and dinner 7-11. Go there and enjoy!
Right on Piazza dell Republicca you will find one of the main department stores in Italy, Rinascente. It can be found in many Italian cities, and is on the “upscale side” similar to Neiman-Marcus or Nordstrom. On top of the building, there is a cafe, called the Terrace Café. To get there, you go into the department stores and to the south/west corner to the elevator. Take the elevator to the 4th floor. When you arrive you will see gift items and housewares. Turn left out of the elevator and head to the South east corner where you will find a staircase. The staircase will lead you to an inside café and you will see another staircase going up.At the top of that staircase, refreshments and beautiful panoramic views await. The café has a small and reasonably priced lunch menu, or you can get a glass of wine for 5 euro, or a cup of coffee for even less. It is a wonderful place to get out of the hustle and bustle and enjoy the beauty of the Duomo, rooftops, and the hills surrounding Florence.
Thanks to Groupon, I have eaten several times at this elegant, and remarkable restaurant, affiliated with The Astoria Hotel, located at via Giglio, 9. It is called the Restaurant at Palazzo Gaddi.The dining room is refined and delicately frescoed. In the summer months, we ate in the courtyard which was really lovely, and then had coffee on the terrace, which has a magnificent view of the Duomo.On this particular night, our meal started with a glass of prosecco, and for the antipasti, we both chose the Carpaccio di Polpo (Octopus). As is traditional for carpaccio, this octopus was sliced incredibly thin, seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and a little salt and pepper and served on a bed of mixed salad. The Primi piatti selections were Lasagna with Gambretti and Zucchine, and Spaghetti Scoglia.For the Secondi, I had a Branzino slightly breaded and fried, and Ben chose the Baccala. Each of these courses was served with a glass of white wine.For dessert, I had a simple but very delicious palate cleansing lemon sorbet, and Ben a Panna Cotta.I have seen this deal on Groupon here in Florence several times now, and have always enjoyed the atmosphere, service and food. I would definitely come here without Groupon when I wanted a “fancy meal”. The value and quality is worth the extra expense! You can see more photos at their website here.
If you happen to be in the Santo Spirito area at meal time, there is a great little place just a block off the piazza at via Sant’Agostino, called…guess what? Sant’Agostino 23! It’s opened everyday for lunch and dinner, except Monday when it is closed. They have a small terrace on the corner, and a few things on their Tuscan menu that are not typical!We didn’t eat the Hamburger at a cost of 19 euro, but when we saw the 3 women seated next to us who all ordered it, it looked worth it! I had the Gnudi, which is spinach and ricotta rolled into balls with a butter and sage sauce. My dining companions had Spaghetti Carbonara which was served in very generous portion.A bottle of wine and water between the 3 of us and a tab of 45 euro is not too bad. The food was delicious and I’m looking forward to going back and trying the Falafel with hummus and tabouleh, for example, or the Mezze maniche with cozze e pecorino (half sleeve pasta with mussels and pecorino). Yum!
A friend and I decided to eat at Lo Scudo the other day for lunch, and I realized it had been ages since I ate there and years since I wrote about it! Shame on me! I told my friend, I have to return here more often. It is a great find with reliable, delicious food. They have a varied menu, and the best pizza if you like thin crispy crust, which I do!They are conveniently located near the Duomo and you don’t find restaurants of this caliber at these prices in that area, believe me! The address is Via dell’Oriuolo,53/R, Firenze – 50122. If you are facing the Duomo, walk down the right side, all the way past the cupola. The street that continues on is via dell’Oriuolo, and the restaurant is only two doors down on the right.The house wine is fabulous, and you can buy it in increments of ¼, ½, or a full liter. Try it! You’ll love it!