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Io—Osteria Personale, Florence

167r Borgo San Frediano
Italy 50124
Tel: 39 055 933 1341
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Don't hold the pretentious name ("Me—Personal Osteria") against this chic restaurant near the western end of Borgo San Frediano. If you're a curious gastronome without the budget to splash out on culinary temples like Enoteca Pinchiorri, this is your place. Alarmingly-young chef Nicolò Baretti has worked for, among others, Martín Berasategui in San Sebastian, and his inventive way with local ingredients comes out both in the blackboard diagrams of some of the dishes on offer that grace the walls and in Osteria Personale's radical "no pasta" policy. Creations like a tartar of sea bass with ricotta, pine nuts, and spinach salad, and desserts such as the celery gelato with yogurt, walnut crumble, and candied carrots are well worth their price tag. Set in a former butcher's shop, the restaurant has artisan-chic iron and wood tables, whitewashed stone walls, and discreet designer lighting.—Lee Marshall

Open Mondays through Saturdays 8 to 10.45 pm.

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