Have you ever been in a restaurant where you cannot eat what you would like to? No? Well then, try this restaurant. On the door there is a sign "here ... More
Pane e Olio
Have you ever been in a restaurant where you cannot eat what you would like to? No? Well then, try this restaurant. On the door there is a sign "here you can only order the wine" - the rest is decided by the waiter. Every evening the menu changes. It starts with antipasta, then there are three first courses and one second. To finish there are small portions of different desserts.
We got there and were the onbyl ones there. It is a small fish restaurant with an established menu. The food was edible, and sparse. The reviews that are written were either another restaurant or they are outright lies.
You have to be hungry and not a picky eater since the menu is different every night and you do not choose your food. The food keeps coming though. Not much english spoken here but friendly waiters will do their best to communicate with you. Besides, not much English spoken means more authentic italian!! Only mistake was not pacing ourselves enough...really good!
The only way we would have found this little out-of-the way restaurant was by word of mouth. Some friends from our little town in North Carolina ate there and recommended it to us. We arrived and thought it wasn't open because there was no electricity (lights) in the dining area. There were just candles on the table. The waiter was wonderful. The food was just fantastic--a six-course meal for only 20 Euros. We have talked about our experience there more than any other place. Fantastic.
Our first night in Florence, and for that matter Italy, was spent at Pane e Olio..We made the mistake of asking for a menu but were told there was no menu...to relax and we'd be taken care of..Roberto, the owner served us our six courses with smiles, friendly chat .. an experience to remember...We asked for the vino de casa and we were presented with the local best (like there is anything else in Italy?) Each course was unmistakably local and absolutely fantastic...we chose to eat outside with the faint stir of Florence in the background and the friendly chatter of locals who'd come to eat and celebrate..It truely was an experience, it was obvious we were not in a resturant but in Roberto's home along with his family who helped serve and cook..we ended our night with a grappa alongside Roberto and then again the next night...Pane e Olio is not just a resturant...it is an experience, an Italian experience..if you just want food, eat in a tourist trap downtown...but if you want to meet the locals, eat their food and experience all that makes Italy the best vacation on earth..then choose Roberto's house, also known as Pane e Olio and you will be filled with good food, wine, and a memory to last a lifetime.. We call Roberto friend and Pane e Olio home...
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