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( 055 264 55 69; Borgo San Jacopo 48r; meals €20; noon-4pm Mon, to 10pm Tue-Sun) A disarm-
ingly simple address not to be missed, this two-room restaurant with deli counter is a great
budget choice - its two-course €15 lunch deal is a steal. Pick from classics like pappa al
pomodoro or a plate of cold cuts and swoon at views of the Arno swirling beneath your
Il Santo Bevitore
( 055 21 12 64; ; Via di Santo Spirito 64-66r; meals €35; lunch & dinner
Sep-Jul) Reserve or arrive dot-on 7.30pm to snag the last table at this raved-about address,
an ode to stylish dining where gastronomes dine by candlelight in a vaulted, whitewashed,
bottle-lined interior. The menu is a creative reinvention of seasonal classics, different for
lunch and dinner: purple cabbage soup with mozzarella cream and anchovy syrup, acacia
honey bavarese (firm, creamy mousse) with Vin Santo-marinated dried fruits.
Olio & Convivium
( 055 265 81 98; Via di Santo Spirito 4; meals €35; lunch & dinner Tue-Sat, lunch Mon) A key ad-
dress on any gastronomy agenda: your tastebuds will tingle at the sight of the legs of ham,
conserved truffles, wheels of cheese, artisan-made bread and other delectable delicatessen
products sold in its shop. Dine out the back.
Da Ruggero
( 055 22 05 42; Via Senese 89r; meals €25; lunch & dinner Thu-Mon, closed mid-Jul-mid-Aug) A
10-minute stroll through Boboli Gardens (or along the street from Porta Romana) uncov-
ers this trattoria, run by the gracious Corsi family since 1981 and much-loved for its pure,
unadulterated Florentine tradition. Cuisine is Tuscan simple and hearty - zuppa di ortiche
(nettle soup), spaghetti alla carrettiera (spaghetti in a chilli-fired tomato sauce) and of
course the iconic bistecca . Delicious.
Trattoria Camillo
( 055 21 24 27; Borgo San Jacopo 57r; meals €50; lunch & dinner Thu-Mon) Crostini topped
with aphrodisiacal white-truffle shavings, deep-fried battered green tomatoes or zucchini
(courgette) flowers and homemade walnut liqueur are a few of the seasonal highlights
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