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Trattoria Mario

via Rosina 2/R (nr Piazza Mercato Centrale), Florence

Tel 055 218550 (no bookings)

Directions:  Near the Florence Central Markets - a couple of minutes from San Lorenzo

 

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A Dom P favourite !!  A crowded energy filled room at the corner of the "real" food markets behind San Lorenzo (go there to see what butchers in a capital of meat look like).  Be prepared to wait outside (no booking), and then sit knee to knee with new friends whilst trying to read the blackboard menu on the wall !  It's well worth it (better ambience and food in our view than the similar modus operandi Belle Donne below) and certainly much better value than the surrounding restaurants. 

 

"Cucina Casalinga" - "homely cooking" (literally "cooking of the housewife").  Most lunchers have a pasta followed by a meat dish.  For our last visit we chose ravioli with a chopped mushroom and butter sauce followed by Peposo di Manzo - large chunks of beef in a red wine pepper sauce.  Returning later in the week, the subtle pasta and bean soup followed by Trippa Fiorintino (thinly sliced tripe in a deep deep red tomato sauce) proved equally irresistible.  Reduced wait for seating if you are on your own or a couple, or get there early (say midday).

 

 

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