Not only does it choose to offer some staples of the Tuscan area, but it also manages to make a name for itself through the presentation of the food and the price; you won't find a better spot in the city to enjoy traditional dishes for a quality price tag!
Buca Mario prides itself on its connection to the city's history by offering typical dishes. Located in the buca, or "cellar," the family-owned restaurant serves up some medieval charm without feeling dark and dingy.
An example of some of the delicious options at Buca Mario — Photo courtesy of Buca Mario
As in Florence's past, the cellar was the place where the best meat, cheese and wine were stored, and Buca Mario hopes to continue that tradition by putting guests in the center of the below-ground cellar.
You'll find that the restaurant is decorated to reflect both a sense of history and a respect for modern dining.
White table clothes are the norm here, but don't let that deter you from bringing your family; the restaurant caters to a wide variety of guests. Whether you're looking for a romantic evening away or a dinner with friends, this restaurant offers an environment that can suit both.
If you've been craving Florence's local dish of steak Fiorentina, then you need to look no further for some of the best, most delicately prepared meat in the city. Buca Mario is a favorite among locals to find this classic meal.
Steak Fiorentina can be difficult to prepare because it requires just the right amount of care and attention. It's usually served a little bit on the raw side, and it's sometimes accompanied by steamed vegetables or potatoes. It can run a bit expensive, but at Buca Mario, you're getting the absolute value of your dollar.
Buca Mario is also proud of their wine selection. It wouldn't be your standard Italian meal without a Chianti on the table, and the restaurant has a wide variety of wines available. If you're planning on sticking to a budget, they also offer a fantastic house wine by the carafe that will not only satisfy, but it's also cheaper.
Because this is such a popular locale among locals and visitors alike, reservations are necessary. You will want to call a day or two in advance in order to have a table large enough for your group. Since the restaurant is located in a cellar, space is extremely limited.
The restaurant's open every day from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.