During our time in Florence, we were eager to find somewhere to dine with the locals and found ourselves directed towards L’Osteria di Giovanni. Hidden on a side street away from all the traffic, this family run Italian restaurant did nothing less than impress. Unfortunately, when we arrived there were no more reservation available, but we were offered to sit in the wine cellar downstairs. Walking downstairs we passed directly through the kitchen igniting our hunger with the smell of garlic and spices. Downstairs we were seated with a few other tables in the center of the wine cellar, surrounded by all the finest Italian wines. A dining experience unlike no other. We ate three courses and ordered one of their specialty red wines. The service was attentive, patient, helpful and friendly. Upon leaving the restaurant we met the owner, he treated us to a gift as it was the Fourth of July in the United States. To say that I would like to eat there again, would be lying to you. I will eat there again and will elect to sit in the wine cellar as that truly made the experience unforgettable. 

There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who don’t not see. Which are you?
— Leonardo Da Vinci

Meal pricing €35-45pp

Photo credit Caitlin Bliss