Trattoria del Carmine

Price guide: Mid-range

Piazza del Carmine 18R, Florence, 50125

Price guide: Mid-range

Trattoria del Carmine

By Nicky Swallow, your Florence expert

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#22 of 25
expert-rated restaurants in Florence
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, No fuss

Expert review of Trattoria del Carmine

A reliable neighbourhood trattoria with good, homely food.

I’ve been eating at this little trattoria for 20 years or more; it’s a fallback when I just can’t be bothered to cook at home. Several of the waiters plus the cook are co-owners, so you always know you are going to get good service and reliable food. It’s never going to make waves, but it’s a comforting sort of place where you see the same local faces (plus the odd visitor) time after time.

Food and drink: 

The menu is made up mainly of Tuscan standards including some fish; the dishes of the day (the piatti del giorno) are the ones to go for if you want seasonal ingredients. Last time I was here I ordered melanzane alla parmigiana (aubergine and mozzarella bake) which was superb and my partner had his habitual plate of bollito misto (mixed boiled meats with piquant, grass-green salsa verde). The steak’s good too. The house red is cheap and more than drinkable.

Recommended dishes: 

If the timing is right, I would highly recommend the porcini mushroom salad, which comes with generous parmesan shavings, or the beef carpaccio with raw artichokes.

Ambience: 

This is a typically rustic Florentine trattoria with a bar counter at the entrance and two small wood-panelled rooms off the none-too-large main space. But the white cloths and napkins are real linen, the waiters are smarty dressed and the clientele is quite genteel. Local residents predominate but some tourists find their way over to these parts.

Service: 

The staff are courteous and polite to strangers; super-friendly to us locals.

Location: 

It's in the workaday San Frediano district of the Oltrarno, so a little way off the main tourist radar.

Price advice: 

A full meal with house wine will cost around 30 euros. Not cheap-cheap, but still good value.

More information on Trattoria del Carmine:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Traditional
Address:
Piazza del Carmine 18R, Florence, 50125
Telephone:
055 218 601
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 7.30-10.30pm. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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