Borgo San Jacopo
Borgo San Jacopo 62R, Florence, 50125
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Romance, Special occasions
Best for Romance - Expert review of Borgo San Jacopo
I can think of few more romantic spots in the whole of Florence than the few tables set on the tiny terrace that overlooks the Arno and Ponte Vecchio at the classy restaurant of the Hotel Lungarno. The fact that Beatrice Segoni’s uncomplicated yet interesting food is excellent comes as a bonus and I would highly recommend a meal here if you want something a bit special, both by way of food and atmosphere.
Segoni hails from the Adriatic coastal region of Le Marche, so fish plays a protagonist’s role on her menus; brodetto di pesce, for example, a kind of piquant fish soup, is a classic Marchigiana dish. Other regional classics include risotto alla Milanese and bistecca alla fiorentina while the more creative part of the menu features the likes of rabbit with foie gras and blackcurrant sauce and tortelloni stuffed with scallops. The wine list, while offering few bargains, is interesting and varied.
The restaurant is housed in a long, narrow space that stretches from street to river with a gallery at one end and a lofty arched window at the other that makes the most of the river views. Part of the Ferragamo group, Borgo San Jacopo was designed by favoured architect Michele Bonan, so expect his trademark sophisticated neo-classical look with muted colours and soft lighting. This is a grown-up restaurant with a slightly hushed atmosphere, but it’s in no way stuffy.
It's very professional; the chef often makes an appearance during the evening to make sure everything is running smoothly.
It's on the south bank of the Arno a few metres west of the Ponte Vecchio with the entrance on Borgo San Jacopo.
A three-course dinner for two without wine will set you back around 110 euros, but for a treat it’s worth it.
If you want to try and bag a table on the terrace in summer or by the window in cooler weather, you need to book well in advance.
More information on Borgo San Jacopo:
- Price guide:
- Italian, Modern
- Borgo San Jacopo 62R, Florence, 50125
- 055 281 661
- Opening times:
- Wed-Mon 7.30-10.30pm. Closed Tuesdays.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential