Food and drink
The food is basically traditional Tuscan but with the odd more sophisticated twist. My favourite starter, for example, is a plate of mild creamy goat’s cheese served with a sweet and sour radicchio ‘jam’ and toast. Among the primi you may find crespelle (oven-baked crepes) with asparagus and courgette flowers and pasta with wild boar sauce. House specialities include deep fried brains or deep fried frog’s legs (dishes that are a rarity these days), but for more delicate constitutions, there is a good choice of grilled or roast meats and chicken. The homemade desserts are superb. The wine list is short, interesting and focused on Tuscany, but the house red, sold by the litre, is good too.
Try the chick pea and porcini mushroom soup, deep-fried courgette flowers and home made cinnamon ice cream in a honeycomb basket.
Occupying an old farmhouse on the outskirts of Florence and entered through a small bar and grocer’s shop, Bibe preserves atmosphere of an authentic country trattoria. In cooler weather, tables are simply yet elegantly laid with crisp white cloths in a series of beamed dining rooms, while for summer eating the beautiful flower-filled terrace comes into its own. The clientele is mostly local and it’s a very popular place for Sunday lunch.
It’s all in the family; Mamma is in charge of the kitchen while the two brothers plus sister-in-law are out front. Even dad is sometimes to be found behind the bar.
It's on a busy country road about 3 kms south of Porta Romana, set in its own garden. You’ll need a taxi to get here if you don’t have your own transport.
Prices are a little higher than an average trattoria, but a full meal for two for around €55, excluding wine, is still pretty good value.
Tables to book
In summer, the only problem with a table in the lovely garden are the mozzies; avoid if you are allergic or bring a big fat can of bug spray.
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss