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“One Michelin Star? NEVER!!!”

Osteria Del Vicario
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Ranked #11 of 59 Restaurants in Certaldo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$43
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 18 August 2009

We've been to "Osteria del Vicario" just yesterday.

The restaurant itself, the location, the service, the view: very, very nice.

But the food, just very, very disappointing. The souffle from goat cheese has been a heated piece of goat cheese with some Parma ham, my Risotto bitter with some very tasteless fois gras, the pigeon chewy and the dessert (hot apple...) would be more tasty even at McDonalds. If the food of my wife would have been better... but no.

If you go for the setting and the service, okay... But please don't go here for the food.

8  Thank HONkiev
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clubFirenze, responsabile gestione at Osteria Del Vicario, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2009

I’m Daniele, partner and colleague of Sara Conforti chef and owner of Osteria del Vicario. I care of your own reviews, with all the various criticisms and points of view, but I know very well Sara and I guarantee that we will continue to engage in our work and each time trying to find the best solution for your feelings. We look forward to see you.
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Reviewed 17 August 2009

We booked a table for 18 people, aged between 28 and 50, on our last night in Tuscany. We order the Tuscan menu, adviced by the waiter. He said it consisted on some Tuscan ham and cheese for starter, spaghetti and Bisteca a la Fiorentina, he told us that the price would be around 40 euros per person not incliuding the wine.
It took us more than 3 hours to finish the dinner. We had to wait a long time between dishes.
Some of us ask for spaghetti al pesto, they were so salty that they had to take the plates away and bring something differente. The bistec, two little slices for each, was really raw (they never asked how we wanted our meat) and cold. Some of the peaces had a lot fo grease and nerves.
One of us found quite a big "bug" in her spaghetti, when we told the waiter he just pointed to the ceiling. He never apologized or anything.
When we had finally finished the three courses, we asked for the dessert, our waiter went to ask and came back saying that it was not included in the menu.
After paying 840 euros for the eighteen of us, I went to talk to the waiter just to let him know that we were quite dissapointed with the dinner. He listened to me and said that he was only working there.
The restaurant is beautiful and it is suppoused to be a high quality one. Definitely it is not what we experienced, at all. So.... don´t ever go there!!

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6  Thank Raq-76
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Reviewed 3 August 2009

The atmosphere was charming at this small restaurant in the old part of Certaldo. We got a table for four at the railing and enjoyed the wonderfull view of the Toscany landscape.

We chose a five courses and the food was ok with a reasonable price.

The waiter were friendly, recommending some good local wines, taking our orders and everything were promissing. Though, after 30 minutes he came back to ask what we ordered for starters. Well, a small mixup can happen for anyone, we thought. Then we waited further an hour before the first course were served. After that we waited 45 minutes beween first and the second course. A few times during the meal they mixed who's eating what, so the person eating soup for example didn't get a spoon and so on.

After waiting a long time for the first few courses, we were the only guests left when we reached dessert. At this time (11:30pm), the waiters started to move around the tables and preparing for the morning. A bit enoying to get the feeling of beeing "thrown out" of the restaurant.

Overall small mistakes, but at a restaurant of this standard we had expected something more.

Nothing to complaine about the food, but still we missed the feeling of getting surpriced as I've experienced at other restaurants.

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2  Thank Thomas B
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Reviewed 20 July 2009

This is a great place. Beautiful location in the old village. Nice food for reasonable prices. And great servce. A true recommendation.

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1  Thank Wil G
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Reviewed 7 June 2009

We had our wedding dinner here and we very pleased. We had five courses and Italian wedding cake (which was probably one course too many). The cost for eight people with five bottles of wine was 721E which I felt was a very good value.

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1  Thank TuscanBride40
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