Not far from Campo di Marte and the stadium, Piazza Del Vino is well off the tourist track. The menu is only in Italian, and it says something that this spacious restaurant fills its tables regularly with locals. It is popular for parties and celebrations where groups enjoy large portions of food, large tables for group gatherings, private rooms, and a beautiful atmosphere. The décor is industrial chic with a side of rusticity, a style more typical of San Francisco or New York than of Florence. Likewise the menu is a welcome breath of fresh air from the standard Florentine favorites. The menu is a map of Italian cuisine with some of the best offerings from Piemonte, Lombardia, Veneto, Toscana, Campania, Sardegna, Puglia and Sicilia. Many of the pastas come in both full and half portions; and the secondi are overly abundant. A plate of roasted suckling pig (accompanied by a platter of raw crudité) will easily feed two.
Flavors are fresh and vibrant. Sicilian Caponata is still bright and colorful, a sauté of fresh vegetables, rather than a long cook amalgam of fried eggplant, tomato and celery. Pici with duck is well studied in its simplicity, thick strands of spaghetti like pici and strips of rich braised duck – the purity of flavors shine in all of the dishes.
The walls are lined with wines from all over Italy. A number of wines are available by the glass, and if nothing on the wine list catches your eye, be sure to check out one of the dispensers where you can pay for a tasting card and try a number of wines by the taste, half glass or glass. Wines are also available for retail purchase. The well trained staff is happy to help you with your choice, and they hold regular tastings with winemakers from all over Italy.
Signature Dishes: Maialino al Forno (Roasted Suckling Pig)
Get It!: Maialino al Forno (Roasted Suckling Pig)
Via della Torretta, 18r, Firenze. piazzadelvino.weebly.com; tel: 055 671404. Open daily for lunch and dinner.