Sunday, May 13, 2012

Trattoria Bordino

Trattoria Bordino
Firenze, Oltrarno
March 2012

Nestled at the end of this little alley on the Oltrarno, just across the Ponte Vecchio and to the left, near Le volpi e l'uva. This place is all about the bistecca fiorentina - best I've had in Florence. The meat is tender and the flavor rich from natural juice. Mmm. The steak is huge, but you can split it between two people for 15 euro a person, and even then it's a lot of food. The risotto too was mouthwatering. I believe ours was risotto con funghi.

This is probably the most rustic-traditional, professional, best atmosphere, and best meal experience I've had in Florence. I liked the medieval brick walls and decor.

A heavy iron chandelier looms overhead, with spikes and all. Though it seems the lofty fortress walls would appear cold, this is certainly a warm atmosphere (with candlelight) to take a nice date or to catch up with good friends. We've spent a few hours in here, easily.
Finally, the wine list is impressive.
Excellent choice. 

Vino Rosso di Montalcino, Col D'Orcia
(My favorite tuscan wine. More full-bodied, and best with the steak).
Vino Nobile Montepulciano (Medium-bodied).

I always look forward to an evening here. Superb gelato is just around the corner; though you may want to save that for another night. Let the flavors of Bordino's wine and steak linger on your palette.

For the record, best gelato in Florence: Cantina del Gelato (Oltrarno). I LOVE the nocciola and cioccolato.


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