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The decor of the brand-new Osteria del Caffè Italiano, a wine bar in the Santa Croce neighborhood, looks as though it hasn't been touched in years. Only the front room feels like a real trattoria. The room behind it is another story. This softly lit s

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5.50/10 - 2 review
Cuisine(s): Trattorias, Pizzerias, Restaurants, Enoteca/Wine Bar, Enotecas
Via Isola delle Stinche 11/13r - 50100  Firenze | Phone: +39055 289368
Website: http://www.caffeitaliano.it | Email: info@caffeitaliano.it

The decor of the brand-new Osteria del Caffè Italiano, a wine bar in the Santa Croce neighborhood, looks as though it hasn't been touched in years.

Only the front room feels like a real trattoria. The room behind it is another story. This softly lit space features terra-cotta floors, vaulted ceilings, and grand chandeliers.

Osteria del Caffè Italiano Florence Osteria del Caffè Italiano Florence

Black-vested waiters sporting long white aprons scurry about with an air of formality that is a bit extreme for a typical trattoria.

However, the menu is standard. The front room, on the other hand, with its dark-wood cabinets, shelves of wine bottles and glasses, display salumi, and simple place mat-covered wooden tables, the décor feels just right. People stop in here throughout the day and into the evening for an espresso or a glass of wine, some indulge in first rate salumi or equally impressive Pecorino.

A blackboard lists an ample selection of red wines by the glass or by smaller less-expensive degustazione, or "taste-sized pour". In addition, there's a much more extensive, much pricier, written list. The lunch menu is short - three first and three main-course choices which are relatively inexpensive.

I always enjoy a walk through the dining room, with its tablecloths and brass candlesticks, to the large kitchen for a glimpse of its large charcoal grill and deep-red enamel stove. It's new, it's lovely, it's open all day until late at night, and its impressive twenty-plus offerings of high-quality wines by the glass make this a must-hit spot. High-ceilings, rooms colored by walnut, paintings of vineyards, a glass covered ancient Roman well, and this being a locale in a palazzo from the 1500s make it a place worthy of whittling away the hours. Kick back and order a few of the smaller "degustazione"- sized glasses - costing about $2 each - comparing wines side by side and learn about wine the fun way.

The cheese and salumi selection is also delightful - but can add up! Beside those snack plates, we're not wild about main courses, but we can't imagine a lovelier place to dwell.

Osteria del Caffè Italiano Florence Osteria del Caffè Italiano Florence
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CMB Amsterdam, Netherlands
2011-08-01 18:25:47
Nice menu, pretty good traditional food (we had great gnudi eg) even though there are a lot of people, and specifically a lot of tourists. I mention the tourists, because clearly the owners have not been able to resist the business plan of the quick buck via trappola per turisti. When the bill came it contained 15 % for servizio! (there had been little service and very old bread). Truly in bad taste, also because not mentioned on the menu. It also made the impression of cutting on the staff, which consequently were extremely busy. It is a pity, because people notice and do not come back, however nice the location.
5/10

Marco de la Pierre Firenze
2010-11-09 17:43:26
Sono stato in questa pizzeria qualche giorno fa..ci sono solo 3 pizze nel menù e devo dire che sono tutte molto buone....PERO'.....NON SI PUO' PAGARE CON CARTA DI CREDITO...Nel 2010 non è accettabile! Siamo dovuti andare al Bancomat più vicino, prelevare i contanti e poi tornare....impensabile! (anche perchè nello stesso locale accettano i pagamenti con carta ma solo per chi ha mangiato al ristorante! VOTO 10 ALLE PIZZE, 2 ALL'ORGANIZZAZIONE
6/10

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