Hidden away from some of the main streets on Via Della Chiesa, La Pentola dell’Oro combines unique food items with medieval recipes and a fun environment. This restaurant's perfect for either a date night or a chance to try something outside of the typical cuisine in Florence.
Visiting La Pentola dell’Oro is like stepping back into a wine cellar from the Middle Ages, and the experience is one that you are unlikely to forget.
Finding a menu item that will pique your interest here is not hard. The restaurant takes pride in providing menu items that you won’t find anywhere else in the city, so don’t expect to find the traditional Tuscan dishes that might be available at other locations.
La Pentola dell'Oro's cellar — Photo courtesy of La Pentola dell'Oro
If you've sampled some of Florence’s cuisine and you're eager to try something new and a little bit different than a steaming plate of gnocchi, La Pentola dell’Oro combines an old-world feel with some experimental – and incredible – combinations of flavor.
If possible, you might want to think about choosing the duck rague. Not only is it perfectly roasted, but it provides the comfort you need from a great plate of pasta with the additional, surprising flavor of duck. Their occasional special of roasted rabbit is also worth looking into.
The restaurant supplies a hearty, full-bodied chianti for a basic price; you can have as much as you can drink for €8. Finishing off the night with a dessert is highly recommended. Their chocolate tart will leave you wanting more even after a large meal.
Calling for reservations is a good idea, and you should think about seeing whether you can get a table down below in the cellar. Not only does it add to the atmosphere, but the large room up above can become crowded during the dinner hour.
Also, don’t be shy about asking about some of the specials. If your Italian is less than brilliant, they do have staff on hand that can talk you through some of the choices on the menu, if needed.
The delicious rague dish at La Pentola dell'Oro — Photo courtesy of La Pentola dell'Oro
La Pentola dell’Oro opens every night except Mondays (This is very typical in Italy.) at 6:00 p.m., but you might want to eat later, like a real Italian. Though not as busy during the weeknights, it’s still a good idea to call ahead and make a reservation, especially if you have a party larger than four. You can also ask about the specials and see if they are offering anything that might interest you and the guests you're bringing.
Finding a place that combines history and modernism in cuisine can be a hard thing to do in Florence, but La Pentola dell’Oro knows how to keep guests satisfied and ready to return quickly.