Acqua al 2 Restaurant Florence
Acqua al 2 is literally a stones throw from the Duomo. The restaurant is a bit small however the food is terrific and the ambience can't be beat. Acqua al 2 is decorated with plates signed by celebrities from around all over the world. When you do sit down at your table you will notice the restaurant is full with fellow travelers and local Florentines. The tables are on the close side to each other but it adds to the experience. It also gives you the opportunity to check out what everyone else is eating.
I suggest having their pasta sampler for an appetizer and blueberry steak as an entrée. Both were out of this world. The pasta sampler that is five small portions brought out one at a time. They all have different type of pasta and sauce. Each was better then the last. They cook the steaks medium rare and they are nice and juicy. The blueberry sauce is remarkable. The sauces on steaks (blueberry, peppercorn, balsamic) sound a little strange but when put together it is amazing. My son also had the pasta sampler and steak with the balsamic sauce and he said it was the best steak he had in Florence. My wife and daughter shared two salad samplers. Each one was very different and both were excellent. For her second dish, my daughter loved the cannelloni with mascarpone cheese and mushrooms. My wife said the chicken with the port-wine reduction was divine, and is real hidden gem on a great menu. The house Chianti is also great and reasonably priced. We finished by sharing the dessert sampler; it had four different amazing desserts.
The one problem is that they don’t provide an English menu, so you might have a hard time placing an order. Luckily our waiter spoke English. He was very pleasant and most helpful when we ordered our meal.
Acqua al 2 is very reasonable priced for the great quality of the food. When we revisit Florence, we will definitely return to Acqua al 2. I highly recommend it. Make sure you make reservations or you will be standing in the street looking in.