It was our first night in Florence. We were overtired, jetlagged, and arrived six hours later than expected. And did I mention we were famished?
Lucky for us, the coziest restaurant called Ristorante Trattoria Angiolino was a couple doors down from our Airbnb.
We arrived at Angiolino's on the early side, and were seated immediately in a booth near the lively bar, which was a perfect way to people watch, pick up on some Italian, and (let's be honest) stay awake. :)
Our server was a great welcome to Florence -- he was funny, personable, and made our night!
We watched several Florentines come and go, even one big family, so we knew it must be a good spot.
Their prosciutto and caprese salad to start was a good choice on our part. It was so fresh, and a welcomed reprieve from our day of airport food.
I had recently read a blog about the Pappa al Pomodoro, and noticed it was the first thing on the menu. I figured after a long day of travel, some Italian comfort food would be perfect. And it was! If you haven't had it before, do it. It was unlike anything I had eaten before -- kind of like a cross between a soup and a sauce -- hearty and rustic, and oh-so-Tuscan!
Paul ordered the wild boar ragu and was very happy with it, too. I'm pretty sure he's never met a ragu he hasn't loved, but that's not to detract from how good it was.
Since we were excited to be in Italy, we obviously sprung for a Chianti Classico and it was awesome. In fact, their entire wine list looked great.
4.5 out of 5 stars
This was the perfect place to kick off our Florence visit -- they offer good pasta and wine (no pizza that we remember...but that's just as well...leave the pizza to the pizza places, we say!), and it was in our favorite neighborhood, just steps from our apartment. We would return to Angiolino's in a second!
Via di Santo Spirito, 36 R
50125 Firenze, Italy