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Florence Historic Center
0.2 km from Church of Santa Maria Novella
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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Italian, Tuscan, Central-Italian
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super Friendly cramped restaurant , not for the romantics yet compensates with its lively vibes , we went for the steak which turned out mediocre , then we ended up ordering the best pan fried butter chicken , definitely not to be missed .

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The waiter only spoke to the one man at the table. He mansplained everything to the three women. He even told one women what she should order. Women are invisible at this all-male staffed restaurant. Sisters, don’t bother giving them your time or money. Troglodytes.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 24, 2021

Although there are many restaurants in Florence, this is absolutely my favorite. You don’t want to miss it. The chicken melts in your mouth. Make sure you get reservations. This restaurant offers two seatings - 7:30 and 9:00. You will also make new friends as...you share the tables with other travelers or locals.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 19, 2021 via mobile

Trattoria Sostanza was highly recommended by our wine tour guide. It exceeded our expectations! We went there to try a Florentine steak, but we also got their artichoke pie, and a raspberry meringue pie. All were wonderful. In addition to the service was great and...all of the staff and owners were very welcoming. Two tips: book ahead and bring cash as they don't accept credit cards.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 24, 2021 via mobile

Highly highly recommend this restaurant. the service was the best we had in Florence and the food second to none. We had the butter chicken and tortellini in chicken broth. The chicken melted in my mouth, could've ordered it again and again. Great atmosphere, great...wine, great time. A must visitMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 23, 2021 via mobile

So happy we were able to experience Sostanza before they closed for a holiday period, literally went for dinner the night before. Someone please figure out their secret to unbelievably juicy white meat chicken. The sizzling chicken in butter was so good we ordered another...order at the end! The seasoning/dressing seemed very simple, but yet the chicken tasted like it had been through an extensive marinade. I don't like white meat and was astounded by this chicken! We also ordered a veal, salad, and fagiolini verde to share. The veal was odd. Seasoned well, but came out cooked medium-well, I've only ever had veal medium rare similar to steak. The salad was quite good with yummy tomatoes, varying greens, and chicory. House wine was good. We were too full to try the dessert. Staff is very friendly and efficient. Cash only!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 17, 2021 via mobile

Excellent lunch! Exactly as expected. We had three times and all were delicious. Mixed salsa, prosciutto, and the buttered chicken breast. I could eat here every day!!

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 15, 2021

Our tour guide recommended us this place what a bad choice. We ordered the tortellini with tomato sauce and when it came it hardly had any sauce!!! Then we tried the artichoke dish which was all greasy and tasted horrible!!! Then we got shocked to...get the bill $70 euros! Please don’t waste your time or money is a tourist trap!!! Terrible awful food Thumbs down the worst in Florence!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 13, 2021

Loved the authenticity of the restaurant, the staff, the food. Dishes are well priced and local. I would recommend their bistecca or butter chicken - delicious! I read about Sostanza in a 'The world's best 500 restaurants' item and it definitely didn't dissapoint! Go go...go!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed August 7, 2021

If you don’t like the prices…DO NOT GO! Obviously you people complaining about prices don’t understand European prices. Please go back to McDonald’s. You’re giving us Americans a bad name. The golden chicken is out of this world!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Trattoria Sostanza is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4