La Beppa is not a restaurant that you would just happen to pass by. You have to know where to find it. A lot of Florentinos do know where to find it! It is often crowded.
The first time I went here I had asked a friend who lives in Florence “I want something away from all the tourists, something simple and friendly with good pizza or pasta and some good wines.”. The answer was “La Beppa”, and she is right, that is a good summary of the restaurant.
The atmosphere is very friendly, a young crowd, nothing complicated, informal, colourful tiles on the table, lots of people… The waiters run around with wafer thin pizzas, steaming pasta dishes, bruschettas, plates with cheese and charcuteries, grilled meat and many other delicious dishes. Prices are very reasonable, around 8€ for pizzas, main courses between 12€ and 20€ (except the bistecca fiorentina, the enormous grilled chunk of beef that is a classic in Florence restaurants, that is charged by weight and probably will cost you 40€ for a kilo!).
It is a big restaurant but it is almost always full so it can be a good idea to book, as often in Florence! You find Ristoranto La Beppa on the south side of the river, perhaps a ten-fifteen minutes walk from Palazzo Vecchio, close to where one can see the ruins of one of the remaining city wall towers. And if you don’t get a table at La Beppa there are plenty of other good restaurants in that area.
La Beppa Fioraia, Via dell’Erta Canina 6r, Florence, ph 0552347681, http://www.labeppafioraia.it
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