Da Burde

Price guide: Mid-range

Via Pistoiese 6R, Florence, 50145

Price guide: Mid-range

By Nicky Swallow, your Florence expert

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#14 of 25
expert-rated restaurants in Florence
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
3
3.0
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, No fuss

Expert review of Da Burde

Authentic Florentine cooking in this historic, off-the-beaten-track trattoria.

For fans of traditional Florentine cooking, a visit to the Gori family’s legendary trattoria is essential, even if it does mean a long trek into suburbia. Your effort will be rewarded by a totally authentic experience both in terms of food and atmosphere and the chances are that you will be the only foreigner. Dating from 1901, Burde is now run by the third generation of Goris who, while leaving the rustic soul of their inheritance intact, have upgraded such elements as the wine list which is far from rustic these days.

Food and drink: 

This is the place to sample textbook renditions of classics such as ribollita, pasta e fagioli, panzanella (a salad made with day-old bread), lesso rifatto con le cipolle (an oniony beef stew) and baccalà (salt cod). If you haven’t yet had a bistecca alla fiorentina, order it here; the one I had recently was magnificent. More unusual choices include roasted pig’s liver (rather you than me) and polpettone in umido, Florentine meat loaf which is delicious. The wine list (all-Tuscan with the exception of a small selection of Barolo plus a few whites) covers the best of what this region has to offer at near enoteca prices; this is one of those places where you can afford a special bottle to go with your bistecca.

Recommended dishes: 

Bistecca alla fiorentina accompanied by fagioli (white cannellini beans) topped with a generous swizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Ambience: 

As was the norm once upon a time, the restaurant is fronted by a grocer’s shop and bar where the locals drop in for a quick coffee and chat or to buy their cigarettes and do a bit of shopping. Tables are laid in a series of rustic rooms where the retro décor and atmosphere have remained intact. This place is a local legend and packs out at lunchtimes with all sorts from lorry drivers (it’s near the autostrada exit) to business folk; on Friday evenings it fills with groups of friends ordering mountains of foods. Tourists are about as common as a wet day in the Sahara, and that’s why I like it.

Service: 

It's a bit gruff and rushed at times, but that’s typical Florentine style. If you need advice about wine, Andrea is a knowledgeable and helpful sommelier.

Location: 

On the busy main road that leads west out of Florence, it's near the entrance to the A11 autostrada and Peretola airport. It’s a 20-minute ride on the number 35 bus from the station.

Price advice: 

This is a place to go the whole hog; four courses will come in at less than 30 euros per head without wine.

More information on Da Burde:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Deli, Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Steak, Traditional
Address:
Via Pistoiese 6R, Florence, 50145
Telephone:
055 317 206
Website:
http://www.burde.it
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-3pm, Sun 7.30-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Da Burde? Would you recommended it?