Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolò – Traditional Restaurant in Florence
Osteria is a type of restaurant, often dedicated to the working class and rarely based on tourism. The Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolo’ was a taxing station for wine until the 1800s. Foodstuffs were added to the significant wine cellar and taxing station became a store-restaurant for the locals. The cuisine is as antique as the building that houses the restaurant. The owners have faithfully remained dedicated to traditional Florentine cuisine. They offer Pappa al Pomodoro, Passato di Ceci con funghi Porcini, Ribollita, Trippa Fiorentina, Cinghiale, and il Coniglio briaco di Vernaccia.
The cellars were restored after the flood of 1966 and during the restoration work the crypts of the nearby San Niccolo’ church were discovered. The Prosperi family took over the restaurant in 1993 continuing the traditional dining. Overall the Osteria is one of the few surviving examples of typical Florentine restaurants. Here you can breathe the air of Old time traditional Florence. Wine flasks and bottles rest on the shelves. Vintage photographs hang from the walls in memory of a past time.
The Prosperi's have always been passionate about good Tuscan traditional cuisine combined with quality wine. The kitchen prepares new dishes daily with the best seasonal produce available on the market, using only super fresh ingredients and top quality meats. One of the characteristics of a quality restaurant is: Frozen foods are prohibited.
A visit to this restaurant will not disappoint. Whether a lunch buffet or menu’ alla cart this is an excellent place for a fun evening full of savory foods, robust wines and hearty people. The information is:
Osteria Antica Mescita S. Niccolò
Via San Niccolò, 60r - 50125 - FIRENZE
tel. (+39) 055.234.28.36
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