Buca Mario

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16-red Piazza degli Ottaviani, Florence, Italy
www.bucamario.it - 055 214179

Buca Mario Florence Reviews

gardkarlsen gardkarl…
149 reviews
Jan 07, 2008
On our first night in Florence in July 2007 we were looking for a restaurant called Garga on Via dei Moro but I had forgotten the number so we never did find it. Instead we went for plan B: Buca Mario on Piazza degli Ottaviani 16r. We sat deep inside a maze of a basement I guess (I kept getting lost when I went to the bathroom). I started out with gnocchi in gorgonzola which is normally a great dish. But I was disappointed, as the gnocchi reminded me of mashed potato balls - Trippa alla Fiorentina (tripe) at Buca Marioyes, that is what they are but these ones had a strange consistency. Nikki was not happy at all with her porcini risotto - the problem was the risotto itself which just reminded us of ‘ordinary’ dry, boiled rice. For secondi I went for a Florentine speciality: trippa alla Fiorentina which is tripe in a tomatoe based sauce. The tripe was chopped into thin slices and it became a bit chewy after a while…and when you start thinking about what you are eating - it can freak you out. Nikki went for a dish that we have made a few times at home and a dish that I love: chicken cacciatore (chicken in tomatoe based sauce). Chicken cacciatore at Buca MarioThis was also quite tame - lacking in an allround ‘. All in all we were not very impressed by the meal at Buca Mario so we passed on the dessert as we had not been convinced by the main meal. But the waiter was fun (he was singing to Nikki) and he acted shocked when we asked for the bill…he was like “what about dessert???”. The meal cost 100€ including a bottle of Chianti Riserva (about 25€). We also got a limoncello each on the house. This is a lemon flavoured post-meal drink served ice cold…it is actually quite tasty. On the way out we also got a box of Buca Mario’s cantuccini…a type of biscotti I guess. All in all …if I go to Florence again, I will not go out of my way to visit Buca Mario again. Please visit the restaurant homepage for more information.
trippa alla Fiorentina
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sylviandavid says:
Good review.... thanks ... sylvia
Posted on: Feb 15, 2010
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