Talk about a secret local spot! High atop a a hill on a steep cobblestone street in Fiesole, Tuscany, you’ll see picturesque views of Florence from above just next door to this restaurant. We saw several Italian families drive up for sunset and gaze out at Florence’s main Duomo (church), the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, that could be seen from vantage point. The locals seemed to know that they could drive past the pedestrian only signs, but the walk up the hill to this restaurant was well worth the effort for those who want to play it safe. They have a small souvenir shop higher up the hill at the San Francesco Monastery, where we were surprised to be able to purchase a couple of refreshing beers to go.
At the restaurant, we had amazing service from friendly Italians, passionate about their food. When contemplating between a pasta or their risotto, the waiter was adamant that Lisa pick the homemade pasta over rice. We were occasionally serenaded as we ate. After the meal, the waiters and owner shook our hands to thank us for dining with them, and we felt thankful for the experience. Aggressive flavors, everything was seasonal, local, fresh, and made from scratch. We didn’t get a view, as those tables were all taken by their regulars, all Italians. We were the first ones there when they opened and luckily got a table on the fly; however, we suggest reserving well in advance and to try asking for the view.
- Ambiance (Environment) = 5
- Taste = 5
- Value = 5
- Presentation (Plating for food) = 5
Stars = 5 out of 5.
Address: Via S. Francesco, 18, 50014 Fiesole FI, Italy