On our first evening in Florence, we looked up for best pasta in the city and found out Osteria Del Gatto e la Volpe (the cat and the wolf), located via Ghibellina, a charming street few blocks from the Duomo. The comment on the website where we found it said that it was one of the last typical Italian restaurants and the rustic decor seemed a reminder of the past (although not so old in the city as it opened in 1979), but the crowd (lots of American tourists) removed any dream to find that hole in the wall where only locals go. Anyway, it still proposed a delicious Italian menu, with classic dishes like the Ribollita alla Fiorentina, a Tuscan soup made with white beans, chickpeas, lentils and pieces of bread that was quite comforting.
They also have pizza and pasta and Jodi decided to try their margarita with mozzarella di buffala, but they served a regular one that had lots of cheese and was good, but is not the kind you would remember.
The penne a la vodka is however something to try, the pasta being perfectly cooked, al dente, and with a homemade sauce that was delicious, smothering not only the penne but also some chopped onions, that added made this dish a bit different from what you would expect. I definitely recommend this dish, although it might not be what comes to mind when thinking about Italian pasta.
As a cocktail, I got the popular Aperol Spritz, that I sipped while eating some homemade bread dipped in olive oil.
Last was dessert: of course, we tried their tiramisu that is always interesting as everybody has its own recipe. It was good, creamy, with a chocolate sauce on top that I prefer to the chocolate powder that sometimes makes you choke...
So overall, although Osteria Del Gatto e la Volpe misses the Italian ambience a tourist would look for, we had a nice meal there. Would I go back? Not sure in fact: I would rather go to a place with a more local atmosphere, even if it seems it is more and more difficult near the city center.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Osteria Del Gatto e la Volpe -151/r, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy