Lungarno 23

Price guide: Mid-range

Lungarno Torrigiani 23, Florence, 50125

Price guide: Mid-range

Lungarno 23

By Nicky Swallow, your Florence expert

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#11 of 25
expert-rated restaurants in Florence
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Sporty types, Stag / hen parties, Great views / scenery, Nightlife, People watching, Sightseeing

Expert review of Lungarno 23

A lively, carnivore-friendly restaurant overlooking the river and Uffizi.

This relatively new opening has proved to be a real local hit; last time I tried to get in it was booked up for the following three evenings. One of the owners rears highly-prized Chianina cattle down in the Valdichiana and serves it up at this Florence restaurant.

Food and drink: 

The main-player on the menu here is beef, superb beef. Hamburgers come with various toppings, in two sizes (180g and 300g) and are properly char grilled to your specifications. I asked for mine medium-rare and it was perfect; shame about the lukewarm chips. Other omnipresent meaty standards include roast beef (sliced wafer thin and very pink), carpaccio and a whopping 300g steak tartare. The menu of the day offers hope for non-meat eaters in the likes of porcini mushroom soup (a little disappointing), ravioli stuffed with gorgonzola and pears and a choice of salads and cheeses. To finish, tarte tatin, cheesecake, pear and chocolate tart and ice cream from Vivoli. The wine list is exclusively Tuscan with a limited choice by the glass.

Ambience: 

The place was heaving when I visited; lots of girly groups and not a tourist in sight although it was off-season. The mod-rustic interior is welcoming and cosy, but not at all cramped and there’s a wonderful veranda overlooking the river to the Galleria degli Uffizi beyond that is glassed-in for cooler weather.

Service: 

The staff are friendly but a bit slow.

Location: 

It's on the south bank of the Arno just east of the Ponte Vecchio; the view across the river is wonderful.

Price advice: 

Hamburgers cost 12-20 euros depending on the size and come with chips and salad. Other dishes cost from 10 euros. Wines by the glass are from 3 euros, and by the bottle from 12 euros.

Tables to book: 

Next time, I’d try and nab a table on the veranda. Book ahead!

More information on Lungarno 23:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
Burgers, Italian
Address:
Lungarno Torrigiani 23, Florence, 50125
Telephone:
055 2345957
Website:
http://www.lungarno23.it
Serves:
Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Meals served Mon-Sat 12.30-3pm, 7.30-11pm, but stays open in the afternoons. Closed for two weeks in August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to Lungarno 23? Would you recommended it?