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Trattoria Sostanza

) #140 of 2,117 Restaurants in Florence $$ - $$$ Italian
Via del Porcellana 25/r, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 212691
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“butter chicken” (303 reviews)
“meringue” (45 reviews)
“tortellini” (51 reviews)
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Via del Porcellana 25/r, 50123, Florence, Italy
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1 - 10 of 639 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

This little restaurant is just special! Sharing communal tables and eating food from time tested recipes and being served by staff that has been there for eons - its just special! And yes - the Butter Chicken is worth the hype. The entire experience is...More

Thank KimiG
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are going to eat one meal in Florence, make sure it is at Sostanza. Other reviewers have captured the perfection of their specialties. I echo in particular the words about the butter chicken. Don't expect a fine dining ambience, just some very fine...More

Thank Terri B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes to the North American eye it may look like a "hole in the wall". Communal tables (you can meet some lovely people) Open kitchen gives it a homey feel. The food we had was fabulous! The brown butter chicken was melt in your mouth,...More

Thank Mona T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a real experience! Large portions, communal tables, open kitchen..you can feel the wood burning oven! The steak was great! The chicken I was told was awesome! Loved it!

Thank Dkush1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you arrive BEFORE 10pm or you won't be served. We made that mistake one night but came back earlier the next. Sostanza is a tiny restaurant, but it is wonderfully alive with guests and staff. A group of 10 did not show, so...More

Thank lindrein
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to this restaurant thinking to have a nice dinner and excellent service similar to other places that I have been. Upon arrival we were seated by a waiter who did not want to be there. Then after turning down the wine and bread...More

2  Thank AlexisMitch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service was terrible. If you don't look like you're about to spend big bucks they ignore you and don't offer the same deals. My friends and I got cold food, ignored for almost an hour and the food wasn't good at all. The potatoes...More

Thank Taylor I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to experience eating in a true "local" Italian restaurant in Italy definitely come here! This no frills, but excellent restaurant provided some of the best food we ate during a trip through Florence, Venice, and Rome. The Butter Chicken is a MUST!...More

1  Thank coanders
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Go for the food. Like the Artichoke pie unlike anything ever. All food great. Steaks looked great too. You look into kitchen. Wood fired grill. Tiny narrow restaurant. Little English. No tourists. Inexpensive.

Thank TheDotdog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place lived up to the hype. The chicken is unreal and a must order but everything we ate was delicious and don't forget desert, the cake with wild strawberries was great. The atmosphere is also low key and the waiters were very accommodating. Go...More

Thank Max T
Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the
majority of the people arriving in Florence, which
might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists
come across the constant hustle and bustle of the
station before exiting, taking a few steps and
stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It
is impossible not to admire the the square, housing
one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The
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Loren K
21 July 2017|
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Response from Karen F | Reviewed this property |
I would think that they would try to accommodate you with steak and vegetables. They are known for their butter chicken but flour is used in the dish.
9 July 2017|
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Response from Hakan S | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. I am not sure
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
12:30 - 14:00
19:30 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via del Porcellana 25/r, 50123, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Santa Maria Novella
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Maria Novella
  • Phone Number: +39 055 212691
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