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Posted by CG on 09/01/2007
By far the best Italian food on the Upper East Side. Marinara sauce that is better than your grandma's from the Old Country, an adorable ambiance which makes you feel you took flight to the authentic rapture of Florence and an indescribable romance that lives in the food. The prices are well below the norm for NYC and well below the quality of the food. Feels like a family owned restaurant who puts equal part love and quality ingredients in the food. My most fav place in the city!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/19/2007
I use menupages all of the time but never actually write my own reviews. After seeing a few negative reviews about Firenze, I felt that I had to clear things up. We have been to Firenze numerous times and have always had a wonderful experience from start to finish! We have also brought friends who loved it as much as we do. I can't believe anyone could say anything negative about Firenze!! Are you sure we're talking about the same place??
Posted by Victor O. on 07/27/2007
I am staying with my bro for about five days on the upper east side. I stopped off at this little place by happenstance, just looking for a place I could get some meat, as I have tried to cut back on carbs (although I ended up eating a bit of bread). Anyhow, I asked about the steak at lunch time. The waiter told me it was $49, even at lunch. Despite being nearly double every other entree on the menu, I figured 1) I wanted protein and 2) a $49 steak would have to be pretty good. WRONG. I asked for it well done, it came medium well. I should have sent it back then ... It looked like a quality porterhouse -- huge (and I'm from Texas). The first bite was good, the marinating was average. Thereafter, I ate to discover that about 40% of the steak was fat.
Posted by UESGirl on 07/22/2007
Based on reviews, I took my brother (visiting from out of town) and my fiance here for dinner; however, from start to finish the entire experience was embarrassing...the service was extremely cheesy -- I felt like I was down in Little Italy. The bread was at least one day old, if not more. My wine did not taste good -- like box wine. And the actual food was subpar as well -- wilted and brown lettuce in the caesar salads, overcooked pasta, and greasy pasta sauce. How does one make marinara greasy?
Posted by SoCalB on 06/20/2007
My friend took me here to show me what 'real' italian food is like, since SoCal isn't exactly known for it's italian food. I couldn't believe it. The food and service was AMAZING...and it is very reasonably priced. The bread, cheese, extensive wine list, presentation, and especially the attention given by the staff was outstanding. The place looks a little bit cramped, but once you sit down, you don't even notice. Again, the service and the food is EXCELLENT!!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/11/2007
Very nice meal in a very nice, cozy spot. Huge Wine list, great bread and cheese, soup was amazing. Enjoyed our entrees will be back for sure.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/05/2007
I have never really written a review for Menu Pages, although I use it all the time, but I just had to sing the praises of this place. It is the best Italian restaurant on the UES, by far. It is authentic and delicious- I have eaten at the Zagat "best" Italian restaurants many times, and Firenze is right up there if not ahead of them all. The specials are fantastic, the desserts are just how they should be- you can tell that they really care about not just the quantity of food for the price but the quality as well. Service was phenominal as well. The only thing that could use improvement is the table spacing, but it adds to the character & experience so I cannot complain. It's a must go!