Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Osteria de l’Ortolano

Via degli Alfani 91/r (Via dei Servi) Send to Phone
(39) 055 239 6466
A 50-year delicatessen shop located 100 meters from the Duomo evolves into a tasting destination.

Lunch & Dinner Wed.-Sat.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Reservations suggested

* Click here for rating key

Osteria de l’Ortolano Restaurant Review

: After 50 years running a delicatessen shop about 100 meters from the Duomo, Massimo Zetti and Martha Mezzetti decided it was time to offer something extra to their customers. About four tables were set under the shelves stuffed with Italian food goodies resulting in the epitome of a tasting destination. The menu may not be extensive but it presents delicacies that are typically Tuscan and yet always a little different. Start with a DIY crostino or the millefeuille of yellow squash and tomatoes’ dry seeds flavored with smoked paprika. Herb butter ravioli with balsamic vinegar or bluefish orecchiette are other first-course choices that stir the imagination. As a main dish there’s duck a l’orange Tuscan-style or codfish three-ways on one plate. Desserts include apple tarte Tatin with yogurt as well as zuppa inglese, which is a classic in Italy yet not found on many restaurant menus. The wine list is as impressive as you might expect, but go with what is recommended because Zetti and Mezzetti know what they are selling.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.