Free Wine or Ceramic Dish at Antico Fattore
Trattoria Antico Fattore
Via Lambertesca 1/3r
Open 12 noon – 3 pm for lunch, 7 – 10:30 pm for dinner; closed Sunday
By mentioning Vista magazine, the diner at Trattoria Antico Fattore has a choice of receiving either a free bottle to take home of Togaio red or Libaio white wine at the end of the meal or a free Tuscan ceramic dish.
Since 1929, Trattoria Antico Fattore has played a part in the historical highs and lows of modern-day Florence. The establishment flourished in the repressive 1930s as a gathering point for the intelligentsia of Italy, including future Nobel Prize winners. Surviving the famous 1966 flood and the tragic bomb blast of the nearby Uffizi in 1993, Antico Fattore remains a venerable local institution. Today, visitors can still find a place where discussions of art, politics and literature feed minds as dinners fill their stomachs.
Trattoria Antico Fattore offers traditional Florentine fare such as salsiccia di cinghiale (wild boar sausage antipasto). The waste-not-want-not Florence mentality is reflected in ribollita, a warming bowl of vegetable soup, redolent of fresh herbs and thickened with bread. An especially appetizing first course is garganelli al sugo antico, a short pasta sauced with duck and rabbit stewed in herbs and red wine.
The ubiquitous bistecca alla fiorentina (a luscious T-bone steak) is a popular choice as is the equally delectable beef fillet. Chicken, lamb or rabbit are served with delicately fried zucchini blossoms.
Proprietor Angelo Lucia warmly welcomes guests into his intimate dining rooms. Art graces the plastered walls, accented by the brick arches and terra cotta floors, all lending a warm, tavern-like atmosphere. As a sponsor of a literary prize, at Antico Fattore care is taken to provide food for the soul and the intellect, as well as the body.