【Firenze】Tuscan Cuisine Presented By Lovely Family, “Trattoria Ruggero”

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While you visit Firenze, why don’t you explore the outskirts to find authentic restaurants?

In the main tourist spotsthere are so many nice and luxury restaurants, however most of them are there for tourists and no locals go there

Hence, let’s have a look at the quiet and tucked away place passing through between tourists.

On the street about 15 minutes away by walk from the center, there is a rustic family-run restaurant, Trattoria Ruggero, which is the one I am introducing today. You hardly see tourists there and it is worth taking a hike to reach it.

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The Authentic Family-Run Trattoria

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Trattoria Ruggero has been run by the Corsi family since 1981, and the Ruggero is the name of the owner. He is in charge of the kitchen and his wife helps with the desserts. His son is also seen there and will be the next chef.

You can peek in the kitchen via window on the wooden wall.  And it might let you find the heartwarming scene of the dad showing the ropes to his son.

The ambience the Corsi family creates is cozy and lively. On Sundays, a lot of locals gather there to enjoy chatting as well as great foods. This laid back vibe is what only a true trattoria has.

The Standard of Tuscan

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The menu they offer is 100% traditional Tuscan cuisine based on seasonal products. The hand-written menu shows that they often change the menu to let you have the best seasonal dish.

Here are very basic Tuscan dishes which Trattoria Ruggero has:

  • Ribollita: a white bean and bread based vegetable soup
  • Zuppa di ortiche: nettle soup
  • Pappa al pomodoro: red tomato and bread soup
  • Bollito: mixed boiled meats (beef, tongue, chicken and pigs trotter)
  • Arista al forno: rosemary and garlic-spiked roast loin of pork
  • Braciola: pounded fried pork cutlet soaked in olive or original sauce

Each trattoria has their way to cook and Trattoria Ruggero cooks them in a very authentic way, which gives their dishes home-made taste. That way it lets you experience the daily dinner table at home.

The Signature Menu

I have 2 menu to speak of.

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The first one is spaghetti alla carrettiera, which is tomato sauce based spaghetti seasoned with chili, garlic and parsley. This is a must at Trattoria Ruggero.

The tomato sauce is not that thick and the chili adds a stronger flavor. It is spicy and warms you up once you give it a bite.

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The second one is pork chop. The thick-cut pork is tender and moist. You’ll enjoy it the most with roasted potatoes. This rosemary infused potatoes are fantastic and the flavor of rosemary gives the pork chop a nice touch as well.

Make Sure to Make a Reservation

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Trattoria Ruggero is always packed with locals, so please be sure to make a reservation in advance especially on Sundays. If not, you may end up turning back.

Trattoria Ruggero is not located in the heart of Firenze, so please do not waste your time and the effort to get there without a reservation.

Restaurant Details

【Address】Via Senese, 89/R, 50124 Firenze
【TEL】+39 055 220542
【Opening Hours】Thu – Mon: 12:00 – 14:30, 19:30 – 22:30
【Holiday】Tuesdays, Wednesdays