Florence, Italy: Antica Trattoria "da Tito" Offering Fine Dining at Reasonable Prices
Filetto di Manzo con Pecorino Tartufato
For lovers of Renaissance Florence, the Medici, and intrigue.
Ravioli di Melanzane in Salsa di Peperoni
Pappardelle di Pasta Fresca al Cinghiale
Cappellacci con Sugo di Osso Buco
Cantuccini (HOMEMADE) & Vin Santo
Photos of Diners (Yes, that is Pavarotti!!!)
After hearing about this place from several colleagues (all Italian), my husband and I decided to give it a try- and we are so glad that we did!
We were very warmly received by the owner, Gianluca, who is the ideal of Simpatia Italiana . Robust, handsome, gregarious and very, very passionate about good food and fine wine. He took his time explaining how various dishes were prepared, the ingredients used and which wines would accompany the dishes perfectly (they offer an impressive variety of fine wines). While he spoke, it was obvious that he took his job very seriously.
Gianluca also informed us that he has had the same kitchen staff for the last five years and all the pasta is made fresh on the premises. He personally supervises the purchase and quality of all the ingredients used in the kitchen, which is so important.
We ordered three half portions of first courses since we could not decide on only two. My personal favorite was the ravioli filled with grilled eggplant and ricotta, smothered in a sauce made with red and yellow bell peppers. Although no dairy was used in the sauce it had a very creamy taste and consistency. It was so delicious that I was tempted to lick my plate, but refrained due to rules of etiquette.
The cappellacci was also very good filled with ricotta and spinach and topped with an earthy osso buco sauce. The pappardelle was topped with a generous amount of stewed wild boar rather than ragu, which contrasted nicely with the texture of the smooth pasta.
The star of our meal however, was the filetto (filet mignon) topped with tissue paper thin slices of pecorino cheese infused with truffles. The meat was perfectly cooked; served rare and hot. Each bite literally melted in our mouths. The cheese added just enough creaminess and truffle flavor. Truly a carnivore's delight.
For dessert, Gianluca insisted that we try the homemade cantuccini and vin santo. Both were very good, especially vin santo, which was of excellent quality.
Antica Trattoria da Tito is open for lunch and dinner reservations are obligatory. Gianluca advised that from 19:00 - 21:00 a quiet meal can be enjoyed, but afterwards the fun really begins. Gianluca and his staff drink wine and joke with the guests and everyone has a really great time. My husband and I plan to go back for dinner- after 21:00 of course!
If you are coming to Florence, this is definitely an eatery to put on your list. Here is the website: www.trattoriadatito.it
Antica Trattoria da Tito
Via San Gallo, 112r
Tel. (+39) 055 472 475
As always, thank you for reading!!!
C. De Melo
Author & Artist
Gianluca (L) with friend. Notice the Nicely Stocked Wine Shelf
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