Via dei Georgofili 11R, Florence, 50123
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions
Best for Gourmets - Expert review of Ora d'Aria
It took a while for Ora d’Aria to make a name for itself, but now installed in new centrally-located premises, this restaurant is firmly established as one of Florence’s foremost fine dining experiences. Young Tuscan chef Marco Stabile boasts impeccable credentials and delivers dishes executed with real skill and imagination. The ambience is sophisticated yet relaxed and prices are contained. All in all, it's a great ‘special occasion’ place and my number one choice for dinner out when someone else is paying!
Stabile’s menus acknowledge his Tuscan roots, but he plays around in an intelligent, carefully calculated way with seasonal ingredients and interesting taste combinations and textures. Meat and game play a major role, (pigeon cooked in three ways is a classic Stabile dish) but there are fish and seafood choices too; tagliatelle with a ragù of red mullet and porcini mushrooms delicately flavoured with cat mint, for example. Dishes are as easy on the eye as they are on the palate. You can order à la carte, but the set menus (one Tuscan, the other fish) are good value. The lunchtime menu, which offers a choice of dishes in either tapas version or a full portion, is a real particular bargain. The wine list features some 600 labels and there is also an interesting list of artisan beers.
The restaurant is small (about 40 covers) and elegant with two rooms done out in restful grey and white; the ground floor dining room looks right into the kitchen through sliding glass doors. The room in the basement seemed a little airless to me. Lunchtimes are relaxed and buzzy with more informal place settings; dinner is a little more serious but never stuffy.
The staff are professional yet friendly.
The set menus are priced at 70 euros (60 euros if you order half portions) and 50 euros; main courses on the à la carte menu start at 30 euros. Lunchtime tapas cost 4-8 euros a pop; there’s a bargain lunchtime set menu for 23 euros and you can order a glass of champagne to go with it for only 8 euros.
There’s a table right next to the window looking into the kitchen that gives you a close-up view of the action.
More information on Ora d'Aria:
- Price guide:
- Italian, Modern
- Via dei Georgofili 11R, Florence, 50123
- 055 200 1699
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Tue-Sat 12.30-2.30pm, Mon-Sat 7.30-10.30pm. Closed Sundays.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times