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Santo Bevitore, Florence

64r/66r Via Santo Spirito
Italy 50125
Tel: 39 055 211 264
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Ever popular since its 2002 debut, this well-placed Oltrarno diner pitches the old wooden-table, paper-placemat osteria formula at Florentine hipsters and tuned-in tourists. Service is informal but efficient, and the tasty food is well priced for this city and location. Some dishes mine the Florentine tradition, while more ambitious flavor combos include spring pea soup with sautéed squid, but all are based on fresh, locally sourced produce. This is one of those laid-back, wine-oriented Italian hostelries where you can stop off for a glass of Chianti and a plate of cheese or salumi (from an excellent selection) or launch into a full-scale meal. Whichever route you take, try to find room for a dessert—both the panna cotta and the rosemary crème brûlée (served with chestnut gelato) are excellent. Next door, bar offshoot Il Santino offers wines by the glass, accompanied by tapas-style portions of some of the mothership's specialities.—Lee Marshall

Open Sundays 7:30 pm to 11 pm and Mondays through Saturdays 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm to 11 pm.

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