Hanging Prosciutto: Ristorante Il Latini in Florence

Il Latini Florence

Il Latini Florence

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.

Il Latini
Via del Palchetti 6r
(off Via della Vigna Nuova)
Florence
Italy
http://www.illatini.com/

[Photo: disney_den]

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  • February 3, 2011

    Turkey's For Life

    Tuscan sausage, prosciutto…yes, we do miss the easy availability of pork here in Turkey. We’re hoping to go to Italy in September (finances permitting) and I already know which foods I’m going to be hunting out!
    Julia

    • February 7, 2011

      Corinne

      You can’t eat wrong in Tuscany! And their cured meats always make you want to feast on more…

  • February 3, 2011

    inka

    First of all, many thanks for your comment on my blog, glamourgrannytravels.com. Secondly, this post could not have come at a better time for me. At the end of February I’m going to Venice for the carnival and then I plan to travel north to Milan and Florence. I’ll make sure to sample some of the delicacies you describe.

    • February 7, 2011

      Corinne

      If you can get a booking there, the food is certainly worth lining up. Buon appetito!

  • February 5, 2011

    Food Lover Kathy

    Ahhh, I ate there my first time in Florence and again on another trip with my mom. Thanks for bringing back the memories!

    • February 7, 2011

      Corinne

      It’s great, isn’t it! I’ve eaten there on my first visit to Florence and the next time, we passed by and didn’t wait in the queue. For me, Firenze and Il Latini go hand in hand!