Lungarno 23

Address: Lungarno Torrigiani 23, Florence, 50125, Italy
Telephone: 055 2345957

- Mid-range

4.4

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
4.4
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Service
4
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Food and drink
4.4
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Value for money
4.5
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Ambience
4.7
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Location
4.8
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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 [node:172600] 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 [node:172650]; 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!

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Sporty types
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Great views / scenery
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Sightseeing

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