Alla Vecchia Bettola, Florence, 2/26/15

Exterior
Exterior

A cozy irregularly shaped room with a bar with a number of hanging hams and such on one end and the rest of the place filled with tables and stools – easy to size to any party. I love the kind of casual place with the hooks for coats interspersed with a variety of “art” collected over the years. A noisy and lively room where we heard mostly Italian being spoken and the vibe was very friendly.

exterior
exterior

They have a house Chianti unless you prefer a list but you can’ beat the price of 2 euros per person for whatever you drink of the oversized bottle. It just added to the ambiance. Their bread was a little on the dry side and mostly forgettable except for their housemate focaccia which almost seemed a cross of biscotti and was quite tasty.

leather menu cover
leather menu cover

This place claims to originated the tomato vodka pasta (sauce bettola) and they did make a really fine one – creamy, spicy and a gorgeous color. The artichoke pasta was good but paled in comparison. We tried their 2 nightly specials and the fried rabbit and artichoke was wonderful and pork rib meat a little less flavorful but nice. To get our proper overload of artichoke we included a salad of the them which was a delightful new variation on this food. We finished with their housemade cheesecake which was creamy and fluffy and reminded me slightly of the great version we’d had in Spain. I’d probably be a regular here if we lived closer!

table set up
table set up
menu 1
menu 1
interior
interior
menu 2
menu 2
wine
wine
bread basket, foccacia on right
bread basket, foccacia on right
Taglierini with artichoke sauce
Taglierini with artichoke sauce
Penne alla bettola - with tomato vodka sauce
Penne alla bettola – with tomato vodka sauce
lots of pictures and wine decorating
lots of pictures and wine decorating
cool tile pieces
cool tile pieces
artichoke salad with cheese
artichoke salad with cheese
Fried rabbit and artichoke
Fried rabbit and artichoke
Pork rib meat stuffed with vegetables
Pork rib meat stuffed with vegetables
Cheesecake
Cheesecake
their own glasses for wine
their own glasses for wine
Grappa
Grappa
placemats
placemats
hanging meats
hanging meats
sign on the bathroom door!
sign on the bathroom door!

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