Via della Porcellana, 25, 50123 Florence, Italy
Tel: +39 55 212691
Reservations being absolutely critical to guarantee a table (though the first time we came here we didn't make one beforehand), we made sure we got our seat at the earliest possible time (12.30pm) as we needed to make space for another big dinner that night. Being so familiar with the directions to the place now (despite it being in a back-alley), we took half the time we normally took to get there and ended up early again, resulting in us having to stand awkwardly outside the restaurant waiting for it to open.
We have read reviews which have complained that Da Sostanza is too touristy and hence foodies should go eat somewhere else more local. But we feel that just because a restaurant has become popular with tourists doesn't necessarily mean that the food has gotten worse or less authentic. On the contrary, despite its popularity, Da Sostanza has managed to maintain its traditional trattoria feel and its food remains very good. Besides, during each of our five visits there, at least half of the diners there were local (though the rest were Lux Guide and camera-totting tourists like us).
After reading some other reviews on the internet, we ordered a portion (which they split into individual portions for us) of the tortellini con brodo (a Bologna favourite). However, tasty as the stuffed tortellini was, we felt that the brodo (broth) was too diluted and didn't have enough flavour.
But the staples didn't disappoint. The butter chicken was excellent as usual and we had this accompanied with the usual cold green beans.
The Bistecca alla Fiorentina this time was better than I remembered. The meat was very tender and juicy and was grilled to perfection. This was washed down with a glass of the house Chianti.
Without even being asked, we ordered the meringue cake (we had actually asked the owner to reserve a slice even before we ordered our food) which tasted as good as we remembered it.
Final Thoughts: This time the food here was better than we remembered it, ensuring yet another trip to Florence the next time we are in Italy.