Il Santo Bevitore, Florence, 2/27/15

side
side

A much bigger place than many of the other spots we visited, we were glad to be placed in a smaller much quieter room. The servers were quite friendly and we have a fun view of the street through the huge window next to us. We understood they had a bar next door and thought we would arrive early and have a cocktail but it was so crowded we went to the restaurant to see if they had a bar where we could spend time till our reservation.

exterior
exterior

They were more than happy to seat us but then upon conversation with the staff it turned out they don’t serve “cocktails” but they do have beverages like grappa, so it’s not a alcohol % like here in the US. Anyway we studied the menu and just ate a little early which I’m sure they were glad of cause these tables don’t sit empty long. Ours was reset and filled by the time we took a couple photos, exited and walked around the corner! Unfortunately I’m not sure I understand why.

menu cover
menu cover
interior
interior

They don’t offer a tasting menu so the server helped us pick several courses we could share and create our own as it were. The burrata was creamy but didn’t have the rich taste and it could have benefitted from something crunchy on top. I would expect although it did appear they served fresh spinach. The liver terrine was good but needed something. It was wrapped in lardo and the bites that included some of that helped it immensely. The brioche they served with it was way too crumbly for spreading but their regular bread did a better job. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the nice shape really held the sauce which was tasty. Then the main courses arrived and the beef was dry and overcooked and Charles found his onion thing too gooey but I liked the taste. The stuffed calamari was tasteless with the artichokes delicate flavor all but lost and the side dish with it was so fishy I couldn’t eat it. It was hard when the owner came by so friendly and nice but we didn’t stay around for dessert!

bread basket
bread basket
wine
wine
Burrata delle Murge with wilted spinach
Burrata delle Murge with wilted spinach
Chicken liver terrine with red wine reduction
Chicken liver terrine with red wine reduction
Brioche toasts terrine
Brioche toasts terrine
Handmade riccioli pasta with spicy ‘nduja aged pecorino cheese
Handmade riccioli pasta with spicy ‘nduja aged pecorino cheese
haloed wine glass is their logo
haloed wine glass is their logo
Beef sirloin with red onion creme caramel, romana style artichoke greens
Beef sirloin with red onion creme caramel, romana style artichoke greens
Stuffed calamari with artichokes, timbale and mint
Stuffed calamari with artichokes, timbale and mint
other room
other room
more interior
more interior

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