You can easily spot Il Latini in Florence. Just look for the long queue forming outside its entrance. This popular Florentine institution is home to one of the best dining experiences during your visit to the Renaissance city.
Dine at communal tables under the barrel-vaulted ceilings with hanging prosciutto hocks. Bottles of Chianti are plonked at the tables and charming waiters tempt you to order off the menu.
The antipasti are a must with the wafer-thin prosciutto crudo and Tuscan sausage. Primi piatti include an assortment of crostini, liver paté on toasted bread, ravioli and fagioli beans cooked in extra-virgin olive oil.
The secondi include large plates of arista, a roast loin of pork or pollo with tomato sauce. Leave room for the speciality, costata or bisteca alla fiorentina, a boned steak from Val di Ciana, char-grilled on a wood fire with olive oil and served very rare.
And don’t forget to finish off with cantucci, or biscotti di Prato dunked in the sweet holy wine Vin Santo.
This is Tuscan dining in a traditional Italian style trattoria. Open for lunch and dinner, reservations are recommended but expect to wait in the queue regardless of your booking. Waiters will keep you entertained by serving nibbles, until they call out your name.
Via del Palchetti 6r
(off Via della Vigna Nuova)