Il Palagio at Four Seasons Firenze | Florence, Italy | Dinner last night at Il Palagio by Four Seasons Florence with Rubin, was just P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N. I would call it comfortably elegant, a true gourmet experience for all senses. From the moment you walk into the Palazzo della Gherardesca, you get a sense of place, a sanctuary of sophistication and high class. Located in Borgo Pinti, only 10 minutes away from our hotel the Villa San Michele. This Michelin-starred restaurant by Executive Chef Vito Mollica and his professional team, captures the magic of Florence – authentic Italian cuisine, superb wines and an exquisite indoor-outdoor setting. Exceptional local offerings, food that’s meant to be savoured with our equally outstanding wine list – more than 400 exquisite wines, including 50 served by the glass. Inventive and authentic, stylish but relaxed, Il Palagio offers one of the most memorable dining experiences and settings of all the restaurants in Florence.
My choices for the night, all matched to perfection by the expert Sommelier, were; Appetizer: Roasted Scampi on a Smoked Eggplant, with “Cinta Senese Lardo” and Hazelnut Oil ( EUR 38). First Course: Cavatelli Pasta “Cacio e Pepe” with Marinated Red Prawns and Baby Squid (EUR 30). Fish Main Course: Red Tuna Escalope with warm Nicoise. (EUR 42). Desserts: Selection of refined cheeses with fruit compote (EUR 20) and Mango Napoleon with caramel chantilly (EUR 20). What I have noticed here in Florence, is that restaurants are accessible in price to everyone, therefore no excuse not to enjoy such amazing experience.
Already one of the best restaurants in Florence, Il Palagio offers five intimate settings for private dining, from the secluded elegance of The Winery to the Capponi room overlooking the Giardino della Gherardesca. Enjoy stunning views of Florence and the hills of Fiesole from the Altana Terrace or sneak away for a romantic dinner for two in the lobby chapel or at a private table set up within their gardens.
After dinner, a must is to stop for a last taste of Tuscan Wines, at the Atrium Bar, which balances the femininity of Il Palagio, with a warm cozy masculine style. Let Bar Manager Massimiliano Prili, UK Bartender Guild National Award winner, Luca, winner of the AIBES cocktail competition of the Italian Barmen Association, or one of their other talented mixologists, craft you one of their signature concoctions, from the Valentino, their take on the classic Negroni, to the Atrium mojito, an Italian twist on an old favorite, as you revel amid tunes from the Hotel’s resident pianist, Maurizio. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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