Food and drink
The wide-ranging menu covers all bases, but the quality of the food doesn’t suffer for that. Carefully-sourced, seasonal ingredients go into pastas, risottos and main courses that include gnocchi with pesto, risotto with porcini mushrooms and tagliata (grilled sliced steak) topped with rocket and parmesan shavings. The Neapolitan-style pizza is good too. Gardner produces a fine Chianti Classico on the land surrounding his hotel near Greve in Chianti (www.villabordoni.com); we shared a bottle (€23) on our last visit and it was delicious.
For an indulgent starter, order a piping hot parmesan focaccia plus a plate of prosciutto and salame and eat them like an open sandwich. It's sinfully good.
Baldovino was one of the first restaurants in Florence to do something a bit different with its décor and the colourful paintwork and modern art have stood the test of time. The place is big and can get noisy, but it’s fun and upbeat.
Staff are young, smiling and enthusiastic.
It's just opposite the side entrance of Santa Croce, a few metres from the eponymous piazza in one of the city’s most lively night time neighbourhoods.
Pizzas start at just 6 euros, pastas at 7.50 euros and mains at 12.50 euros. Given that you don’t have to eat a full meal, Baldovino can offer a pretty cheap deal.
Tables to book
If noise is an issue, the quietest tables are immediately inside the entrance.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Stag / hen parties