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Ristorante il Pennello

#221 of 2,029 Restaurants in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Dante Alighieri 4/r, 50123, Florence, Italy
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

On a bus tour of the "Best of Italy" (Trafalgar) with 3 couples who have never been to this beautiful country. Walked over a mile to this restaurant that I had experienced twice before, the last time about 20 yrs ago, with our friends. The whole experience was wonderful, to say the least. Hope to return. The fellow in the... More 

Thank Douglas K
Litchfield Park, Arizona
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

What a find! We are glad a local recommended this place because it is one of his favorite places. Jackamo was our server and he made suggestions which were perfect. After asking which soup he would suggest, he told me two - Carabaccia and Zappa de Farro. Then he said he would bring me 1/2 bowl of each. Good thing... More 

Thank S F
Montreal, Canada
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130 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Trattoria del Pannello may look outdated, simple, unsophisticated, even dull by comparison to a lot of other places nearby, and it is to some extent, but this doesn't detract from the quality of the food. Like a step back in time, the food here is simpler, evocative of a what you'd expect from 60's era Italy. Comfort food, you might... More 

Thank not-a-redshirt
Brussels, Belgium
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is not extravagant or pretentious. The food is simple, fast and good. The staff is courteous and helpful. Nothing really stands out of the ordinary. It is exactly what you would think of if i told you a classic Italian dinner. There are probably many other places in Florence that are almost identical. However, what it intends to... More 

Thank bortnowskipaul
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Surprised that it was not as expensive as indicated. I would give no more than $$$. The food was great. It's on a small side street off the main square in Florence. Night lights and art was awesome

Thank DJL67
Lexington, Massachusetts
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166 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We wanted a restaurant with local ambiance near our hotel, and a tour guide recommended this place. It was ok but lacked any reason to give it more than an average rating. The food was ok and the prices reasonable, but I found our sever condescending, perhaps because his English was better than our Italian and this place did seem... More 

Thank Michael M
St Ives, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We found this on our first night, what a surprise, great service and food. Lots of locals , which was a good sign.

Thank StIvesmaid2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Tried this restaurant because it was recommended by my sister. We ordered pasta (tomato base) and beef with wild mushroom. Super good! If I get a chance to visit florence again, definitely will come back again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We had an exceptional dinner here while in Florence. We received the recommendation from my boyfriend's friend who now lives here. Had the spaghetti and clams (ah-mazing, wanted to eat it again) and the most perfectly cooked lamp chop. The house wine was delicious and the service was attentive without being smothering. Highly highly recommend. Thanks for a lovely dinner!!

Thank Jennifer S
Vevey, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

A trattoria has to have movement, locals ... And in the center of Firenze... tourists ... we expérience the place with a local friend who choose this place because of the authenticity, affordable and fair prices. The quality was just great and the service welcoming. It's a tradition place for sooooooooo many years ... go for it ... this will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$27 - US$53
Italian, Mediterranean, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dante Alighieri 4/r, 50123, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Duomo
  • Neighbourhood: Duomo
  • Phone Number: 003955294848
Pennello is located in the very center of the cities and it is known by lawyers, business man and bankers, wich are used to meet there for a fast lunch.The “Osteria Pennello” was founded in the 16th century by the painter Mariotto Albertinelli. Since 1969 the members of two tuscan families (Brogi & Nenciolini) runs the restaurant continuing the tradition of one of the most historic restaurants in Florence. Menù in english, french, deutsche, russian.

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Staying in Duomo

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Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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