Warning: this place doesn’t accept reservations or credit cards and they defiantly do not serve pasta or coffee.
Instead, the more affordable, eight-table sister to the adjacent Ristorante Cibrèo (which serves some of the same plates at higher prices) blows the minds of patient diners with the wondrous dishes coming out of the kitchen of Fabio Picchi, considered one of Tuscany’s top chefs.
A multi-year Slow Food designee, Cibrèo’s always-changing, short primi list may include, if you’re very fortunate, the potato and ricotta “flan” with ragu sauce and fresh parmesan, one of the most original and flavorful items I’ve eaten in Florence. The secondi list is generous, with unusual zingers like rabbit in chocolate sauce. There’s no English on the menu, but the servers are happy to sit (literally) and discuss the food with you.
It’s very informal – tables are shared when needed. Some people will find the portions a tad small, though this perceived shortcoming fortuitously guarantees you’ll have space for dessert, which should be the chocolate tort if it’s on the menu when you visit.
Arrive before 7pm, or risk a very long wait.