Florence has more than its fair share of historic restaurants and La Taverna del Bronzino is a glorious example of one such establishment. The plaque above the entrance tells us that the restaurant is in the building that once belonged to Santi di Tito, a student of the artist Bronzino (Consul of Florence’s Academy of the Arts of Drawing).
We were immediately impressed by the helpfulness of the staff, especially Umberto, the owner, who showed us to our table.
We had a drink to get started and familiarize ourselves with the menu. We ended up asking for their suggestions.
The presentation of the food is as flawlessly elegant as the restaurant’s atmosphere.
As a starter we were served a spinach flan with melted cheese and crunchy “tarese” salami. Beautiful colors and delicious taste!
The first course really impressed us for its loveliness: fresh spaghetti “alla chitarra” with a venison and pecorino sauce. We were enchanted immediately by the aroma of truffles and the dish was so very good that we had to have an encore.
Our main course was from Tuscan tradition — a cut of beef with artichokes, Parmesan and beans in oil. We sprinkled on as much pepper as we wanted and dug in!
Topped off by the friendly wait staff who unobtrusively filled up our wine glasses as soon as they neared empty. It was hard to say no to such an excellent red wine!
Full and happy, we couldn’t resist perusing the dessert cart. The waiter started to list all their specialties, but my eyes were already rapt on the panna cotta drowned in chocolate cream…ecstatic, I only had the strength to taste the warm ricotta pie with vanilla ice cream.
Definitely a place to come back, whether in a group of friends or for a romantic dinner.
Taverna del Bronzino
Via delle Ruote, 27-red, 50129 Firenze
Phone: 055 495220
English translation by Miriam Hurley