Monday, July 10, 2006

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)


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Blogger ChickyBabe said...

Sounds like my kind of place, casual yet authentic cuisine.

8:12 PM

Blogger Doll Face said...


9:38 PM

Blogger a.c.t. said...

I love Osterie, I went to one recently in Milan. I love the rustic atmosphere and guarantee that you're eating traditional food.

2:19 AM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

ChickyBabe This is a great little restaurant. A local favorite where the food and wine are genuine.

Natalie Thanks for the link. Still I would love to visit Sydney. I am sure that next year it will be #1 again.

ACT It is often difficult to get away from the touristy locations and the Osteria is usually a good bet. No hype just good food.

4:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks gorgeous on the inside. Next time, I'm definitely going to see Tuscany.

5:43 AM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Jennifer You evidenced something very important. The outside of an establishment does not usually indicate what is on the inside. It is very important to know what to expect before you go. Hey, that is another reason to read my blog ;)

6:21 AM


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