Lunch at trattoria Sergio Gozzi in Florence! Here’s a great restaurant where you can also try the world famous bistecca alla Fiorentina…
I’m so glad that you found my review about Trattoria Sergio Gozzi in Florence because it’s a great place.
So after our lampredotto breakfast adventure we roamed the streets of the San Lorenzo neighborhood. Also to shake off the necessary calories before lunch.
Our tourist guide sent us to the Michelangelo library, the pharmacy (well worth checking it out) and numerous little corners and piazzi.
But it’s also hard to walk around here without having your appetite tested all the time.
Because food is just everywhere. Savory lunch menus, ice cream specialties (I stumbled upon a cantucci and vinsanto ice cream!), salami, cold cuts, take-away pizza, dolci and also the sweetest pastries.
This city truly never sleeps.
Trattoria Sergio Gozzi (Florence)
But we’re back at the piazza San Lorenzo around 1:30pm.
We sneak in between the sorry tourist stalls and the facade and enter Italian restaurant Sergio Gozzi after scanning today’s lunch offers near the entrance.
The waitress gives us a table in the second part of the restaurant near the kitchen. A bread basket is put on the table together with a ½ liter caraf of red house wine (€6).
We sip, we munch but choosing our food proves to be much harder.
Because all of their dishes look amazing.
OK, so the gentleman sitting at the table in front of us has just ordered the lombatina di vitella alla griglia (€12,50) or grilled veal chop and a plate of fagioli all’olio (€3), the most gorgeous and smoothest looking white beans in olive oil.
His friend goes for the fegato di vitella alla salvia (€9,50) or veal liver with sage and beans.
And gosh, I love liver.
It’s been a while since the last time I had liver so I go for the liver. And also a portion of cauliflower or cavolfiore strascicato (€3). No idea what that might mean.
This place works like a well oiled machine because plates fly out of the kitchen in an almost frightful tempo. All look spotless, huge, sizzling…
Veal & Cauliflower
Also the most amazing fragrances fill the room.
We receive our ordered food not even 10 minutes later. The veal chop is huge. It is grilled beautifully. The fat glistering on top also makes it look so juicy. And it is juicy, we find out seconds later when we tuck into it. Nice smokey flavor from the grill as well.
The cauliflower is cooked in a light tomato sauce. Fennel seeds are also present. Nice flavor. Nevertheless we find the cauliflower a little too smooth. It lacks some crunch.
Liver and Beans
My slice of pan seared veal liver is cooked very well.
Nice liver flavor. Not grainy or rubbery. Good. Just the way I like it. The slightly vinegary sauce matches perfectly with the fresh sage and garlic in it.
The lukewarm white beans taste just the way they looked: earthy, natural, smooth texture. There’s some soft garlic and sage in it as well. What we love the most about this dish is the total lack of pepper and salt.
The beans are swimming in a good-quality olive oil. Plain and simple (check out my copycat recipe for these beans!).
We order a second caraf of red wine halfway through lunch time.
Lampredotto or not, we don’t have a problem polishing off each and everyone of our plates.
What a feast!
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
The young German-speaking couple next to us has just ordered the bistecca alla Fiorentina.
Literally everyone follows the beast when it makes its way to their table, because it is huge. The lucky bastards divide the sliced steak. We can see that the steak is cooked perfectly: bright red and juicy on the inside.
As thick as a brick.
Even the French fries on the side look great.
Price: €38 per kilo.
Mental note: check. We’re coming back for it.
We wave off dessert and coffee because we are stuffed.
No nonsense food is what you get here.
Trattoria Sergio Gozzi (Florence)
Piazza San Lorenzo, 8r