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Posted by G Shulman on 09/10/2011
Very slow service. Staff seemed very unhappy and like they were going through the motions. Dinner entrees were drenched in olive oil and butter. Expected more.
Posted by Aaron Spivack on 08/14/2011
If you want amazing Italian food with a really impressive atmosphere, then you have to go to Firenze. You wouldn't know it at first because it is very unassuming, but this really is a hidden upper east side treasure. I've walked by the place a thousand times and never once thought to stop in. I finally did last winter and was totally blown away. The food is amazing, the service is top notch, and it's all reasonably priced (perhaps a bit pricy, but you definitely get what you pay for, and it's worth it). Its the little things that impressed me, like never having to ask for more water, or feeling rushed to leave after the meal is over. The even give you complimentary lemon chello or amaretto to go with the complimentary biscotti. I went back last night and had the same experience I had last winter. I'll definitely be back again.
Posted by EstherM on 06/30/2011
After walking by this restaurant for years, we saw the health department "A" in the window and gave it a try. Charming atmosphere, excellent service and excellent food. We both had daily specials, a halibut dish for me which was cooked perfectly with a light sauce. My husband had a black pasta with seafood, also excellent. Service was attentive and we were not rushed. Highly recommend this place.
Posted by kiscofussbudget on 05/22/2011
Had a first-ever dinner at Firenze last night; picked first because we were looking for a place in the East 80s, and second because of the (mostly) positive reviews on MenuPages. Evening got off to a horrendous start; drive into Manhattan a nightmare due to the triple-whammy of a torrential thunderstorm which flooded every highway we were on; the zillion cars on their way to Yankee Stadium; and the final insult of many local street closures which made navigation and parking virtually impossible in the city. Added to this was the fact that our friends were even later than we were, necessitating a 40-minute wait at our table. I must say that our waiter could not have been more solicitous, assuring us repeatedly that the table was "ours for the evening," and checking back often to see if we wanted or needed anything while we waited. We all ordered from the large menu of "specials" - 2 of us had fish and 2 had softshell crabs. The crabs came in a portion of 3 per person, with saffron risotto, for $29 - practically a steal in a Manhattan restaurant. They were cooked perfectly. Don't quite understand some of the negative comments here regarding the food; I can only guess that since the reviews were mainly a year or more old, there have been changes in the restaurant. The bread basket was full; the bread was fresh, as was the additional plate of focaccia bread and olives. The wine serving was a generous pour and a martini was served in a large glass, filled to the rim; even the coffees were served in large cups, unlike so many restaurants. To top it off, we were offered complimentary after-dinner drinks. The only slight negative is that the place is small, as are the tables. The bill for four dinners, 5 drinks and three coffees (and 3 after dinner drinks) came to $216 - or $54/pp. I would definitely go back!
Posted by Hungry Couple on 06/05/2009
A stroll up 2nd Avenue in Yorkville on a warm Saturday evening, past rows of noisy bar/restaurants with sidewalk seating and young crowds reveling, brings you to the far more subdued Firenze. The well dressed owner stands outside and quickly spots the slightest interest. He corrals you into the restaurant, guaranteeing you will enjoy your meal. You're walked past the civilized bar area with a sophisticated piano player and are handed over to a smiling waiter to be seated. Romantic tables decorated with subtle floral tablecloths, painted chargers, tall candlesticks and mini flower pots are more reminiscent of a French brasserie but the food is 100% Italian. A basket of bread comes with a dish of olives in wonderfully fresh oil. Also on offer is a tomato butter which was not our favorite but is more than made up for by the hunks of good Parmigiano Reggiano presented alongside. The special prosciutto appetizer is wonderful and the Chilean Sea Bass is fresh and tasty, served with a generous portion of sauteed vegetables. More typical fare like Caesar Salad and Penne Alla Vodka are well made examples of Italian classics. We were tempted into ordering the special dessert of fresh berries flambeed in vodka and Grand Marnier and poured over vanilla ice cream. The table-side presentation is entertaining but the fruit comes out much too sweet and turns into a soupy mess when poured over the ice cream. Certainly not worth the $18 charge. But the tiramisu was another well made classic. The service was effusively friendly but they believe their customers (mostly couples like us) would like to linger so no quick meals here. We left happily full of good wine and food and with no need to take the owner up on his guarantee; we certainly did enjoy our meal. And with so may choices on the extensive menu, we'll definitely be back to sample more.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/20/2008
A date took me here last week, and I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to this restaurant. I'd passed by it for years and never would have imagined it to be so romantic and cozy, quiet enough to invite conversation. Definitely not light dishes, as the person below notes, but they were tasty, and the staff's attentive. Great discovery, and I'll go back.
Posted by foodie on 09/06/2008
The atmosphere was fine if you like a dark, candle-lit setting. Not for everyone. The sauces tend to be heavy, probably with cream being incorporated generously. While the menu items are reasonably priced, stay away from the "daily specials" which are priced twice as high as the menu prices. Ask before you order! I consider $34. 00 for the lamb chops very pricey for this type of establishment.